Movie buffs – this one’s for you! The home portrayed in Jonathan Demme’s crime-horror film The Silence of the Lambs is now up for sale! In the film, the property was home to one of the movie's main villains, Buffalo Bill, who lured and trapped women to his creepy dungeon for horrific reasons that we don't need to be reminded of here. (You're welcome!)
Located in Fayette County, Penn., the 1910 Princess Anne home is on the market for $300,000. It’s got three stories, one full bath, a winter parlor, a four-car garage, an in-ground pool and even a pool house made from a caboose. A wraparound veranda adds heaps of character while overlooking part of the home’s 1.76 acres of land. Located near the Youghiogheny River and the Great Allegheny Passage trail, its new owners will have plenty of hiking, fishing and boating nearby, making for some quiet, relaxation-filled Pennsylvania weekends. (FYI, it's important to note that the dungeon scenes were filmed on a soundstage and not in this property's basement. The basement is dungeon-free!)
Homeowners Scott and Barbara Lloyd told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review that the movie shoot included six weeks of prep and three days of filming, which heavily included the home’s foyer and dining room. "They were looking for a home in which you entered the front door and had a straight line through," Barbara Lloyd told the publication. "They wanted it to look like a spider web, with Buffalo Bill drawing Jodie Foster into the foyer, into the kitchen, then into the basement."
In the critically acclaimed film, Buffalo Bill is brought down by Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling, who receives assistance from the equally-as-freaky, yet imprisoned killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). Lambs went on to win six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.
For buyers looking for peace and quiet or to snatch up a piece of movie history at a great price, Buffalo Bill’s estate might be the perfect choice. Horror-themed bed and breakfast, anyone?
Check out a clip from the movie here, and below that, more photos of the home: