The home where fictional psychotic serial killer Buffalo Bill skinned his victims in a basement pit in The Silence of The Lambs has been on the market since August of last year, and the price keeps getting lower.
**Update** In case you were wondering, the house sold in July for $195,00.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is one of the creepiest movies ever made, and one of the most widely heralded horror movies of all time, winning multiple Academy Awards and instilling us with enduring popular culture references like Hannibal Lecter’s (Anthony Hopkins) iconic line, “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
(It was the creepy slurp at the end that really made this line special, amiright?)
The plot has a young FBI trainee, Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) interviewing cannibalistic serial killer Lecter in an effort to extract information toward the pursuit of another serial killer, Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb (Ted Levine), who likes to use the skin of his victims for dressmaking purposes. Eek.
(Spoiler Alert) Lecter’s clues eventually lead Clarice to Buffalo Bill’s home / lair, where she confronts him and discovers his creepy basement, in which he holds his victims in a well / dungeon pit (and makes them put lotion on their skin).
The home portrayed as Buffalo Bill’s in the movie is a real home located in Perry Township, Pennsylvania, approximately 30 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. The three-story, Princess Anne-style home at 8 Circle St. was used as a filming location for 10 weeks as the crew prepped for and filmed the climactic scene in which Clarice confronts Bill.
Homeowners of 39 years, Barbara and Scott Lloyd, put the house up for sale in August of last year for an initial asking price of $300,000. Since then, the listing has drawn national attention but has failed to land a buyer. In December, the price dropped to $249,900, and just this week the price has been slashed again to a mere $224,900.
It should be noted that while the house does have a basement, it does not contain a well / pit (those scenes were shot on a soundstage). It does, however, feature four bedrooms, a wrap-around porch, an in-ground pool, a vintage caboose that doubles as a pool-house and an original The Silence of The Lambs movie poster in bedroom #3?
The homeowners, for better or for worse, insist that there is nothing creepy about the home. “No ghosts. No serial killer. Nothing evil in the house.”
But a bonus, perhaps, is that the house is nearby to the possibly haunted Layton Tunnel.
What do you think? Should we start an Indiegogo campaign and/or pool all our funds to buy The Silence of the Lambs house? We think this is an AirBnB just screaming to happen!
In the meantime, you can watch the Silence of the Lambs scene featuring the house here: