Famed 'Silence of the Lambs' house is up for sale

Ben Arnold
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The house used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs is on the market. (Photo: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
The house used as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 film The Silence of the Lambs is on the market. (Photo: AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

The house which staged the horrifying denouement in horror classic The Silence of the Lambs is up for sale.

Located at 8 Circle Street, in Perryopolis, Penn., just an hour from Pittsburgh, the house is in the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture.

It boasts four bedrooms, several reception rooms on the ground floor — most of which were used as sets in the 1991 movie — and a kitchen diner, which was also featured on screen.

As for the basement, there's sadly no giant pit with a basket pulley system for lowering lotions and so forth, but there is a cold cellar section which did appear in the film.

It also sits in 1.76 acres of land, along the Youghiogheny River.

The agents selling the property, Pennsylvania-based The Sisters, admit that this particular cavity is a bit “creepy.”

It's on the market for $298,500, a little less than the $300,000 it was priced at when it was up for sale in 2015.

Back in 2016, after it failed to sell, the then-owners dropped the price to $250,000, at which point animal rights group PETA offered to buy it and turn it into a “empathy museum” where people could wear the skins of abused animals.

Jodie Foster and Ted Levine in The Silence of the Lambs. (Photo: Orion Pictures)
Jodie Foster and Ted Levine in The Silence of the Lambs. (Photo: Orion Pictures)

But what it may lack in appreciation in value, it makes up for with its Hollywood chops.

The late director Jonathan Demme filmed in the house, home of Ted Levine's serial killer Jame “Buffalo Bill” Gumb, for three days in 1990.

A poster for the film, with stars Scott Glenn, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
A poster for the film, with stars Scott Glenn, Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster. (Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Adapted from Thomas Harris's 1988 novel, it found Jodie Foster as the fledgling FBI agent Clarice Starling who is on the trail of a serial murderer, and who enlists the help of psychotic former psychiatrist and cannibal Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to help her snare the killer.

It swept the board at the 1992 Oscars, winning all five awards in the major categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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