Pittsburgh-area home used in ‘Silence of the Lambs' for sale


PITTSBURGH - The owners of a Fayette County home that appeared in the 1991 thriller “The Silence of the Lambs” are looking to sell.

According to Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE, the three-story Victorian style house near Perryopolis was put on the market Sunday. The asking price is $300,000.


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The home belonged to serial killer “Buffalo Bill” in the Academy Award-winning film. In real life, it belongs to Scott and Barbara Lloyd.


The home's Hollywood ties could make it more desirable, and realtors said they wouldn't be surprised if a buyer turned it into a horror-themed bed and breakfast.

TribLIVE reports the four-bedroom home was built in 1910. The Lloyds bought it in December 1976 and were married in the home's foyer Feb. 13, 1977.

They told TribLIVE they were eating dinner one night in 1989 when a movie producer knocked on their door. The producer said she was scouting locations for a film and asked if she could photograph the inside of their home.

The scenes in which the Lloyds' home appears were shot during three days in 1990. It took a production crew about six weeks to prep the house for filming, according to TribLIVE.

In the film, Jodie Foster plays Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee, and Anthony Hopkins is Dr. Hannibal Lecter, an imprisoned cannibalistic psychiatrist.

Starling seeks Lecter's help in finding Buffalo Bill, who skins his victims' corpses.

The Lloyds' foyer and dining room appeared in the movie. But there is no pit dungeon in the basement, as in the film.

That was filmed on a sound stage, Scott Lloyd said.

“They were looking for a home in which you entered the front door and had a straight line through,” Barbara Lloyd told TribLIVE. “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.”

“It's rather bittersweet,” Barbara Lloyd told TribLIVE. “We got married in this home, we raised our son in this home, but we are ready to move on.”

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