This one just kinda markets itself. To horror movie fans, anyway.
How could you not love the creepy transgendered skin-suit wearing serial killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 thriller Silence of The Lambs?
He imprinted a generation of us with nightmares about our cellulite and terrifying images of how it might be utilized.
Buffalo Bill’s house in the movie has made news this week with the announcement that it is up for sale for the first time since 1976.
In the film, the images of the house were stark, cold and foreboding with a late fall or winter look to the surrounding landscape.
What was a dreary, run-down, low-income-esque house in the middle of nowhere, appears in the listing photos as a stately, well kept Victorian home on some lush acreage.
Could this possibly be the same house the creeped us out of our skin over two decades ago?
For the most part, yes, it is indeed the same house.
With the exception of the chilling dungeon basement scenes – which were filmed at a sound stage in a nearby GE Turbine plant – this is the house where Agent Starling (Jodi Foster) hunted down the gruesome hunter in the movie.
Owners Scott and Barbara Lloyd actually lived on the top floor of the 3-story house while scenes from Silence of the Lambs were being filmed in other areas of their house. The kitchen, dining room and foyer can be seen in the movie – but the real life pictures of the house are a far cry from the disheveled, squalid home of Buffalo Bill, serial killer.
The Lloyd’s bought the Pittsburgh area home back in 1976 and were actually married right there in its foyer in 1977.
The home on 8 Circle Street was built in 1910 and is currently listed at $300,000.
According to an article on The Journal.ie, the listing agent says she has been inundated with calls and emails about the home so she should have no trouble selling it.
The home has 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and is loaded with much of the original character.
Rather than shying away from the Buffalo Bill killer connection, the listing agent, Dianne Wilk, of Berkshire Hathaway, is embracing the home’s cinematic history. This is the listing description:
An outstanding home, nestled in a quaint village, this 1910 Princess Anne home is a standout Perhaps that is why it was chosen to be featured in the Silence of the Lambs movie A near perfect expression of comfort w its wraparound verandah or its prominent staircase of paneled walls of oak, this home is a statement of taste and prosperity Plentiful outdoor activities from the inground pool, oversized shop/garage, or nearby fishing, hiking and even boating Take a peek inside to see why this home is famous.
The home was transformed by the production crew into a nightmarish killer’s digs over a six week period. It took the film crew three days of shooting to get the footage in the house and from the exterior.
Here is a screen shot of Buffalo Bill and Agent Starling in the home’s dining room:
Here is how that dining room appears today:
Check out the fabulous kitchen and butler’s pantry:
Another notable feature of this property is the pool out back with a vintage caboose pool house:
The sellers give a nod to the infamous movie filmed in their home:
If you can stand thrill-seeking masses showing up at your door expecting to get a peek at crazy Bill, this may be the house for you.
For more interior pictures, please view the listing here.