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Fri, 15 Jan, 2016

No one is game to buy the Silence of the Lambs house

No one is game to buy the Silence of the Lambs house

Here's an extremely charming home in Pennsylvania, US. Doesn't this house look great?

So, what possible reason could there be for this property to languish on the market?

Just take a gander at the listing; it has everything – oh, wait a minute. Hmmm.

The property featured in this listing happens to have been a shooting location for Silence of the Lambs. It served as the home of psychotic killer Buffalo Bill, who, well … you know. We all saw the movie. He was a bad man.

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The house was put up for sale last August and, months later, is still waiting for a buyer, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Actually, the property's cinematic history has attracted loads of attention, says realtor Dianne Wilk of RE/MAX Select Realty.

"Nobody really died there; Precious didn't die there," Wilk said.

The more likely reason Scott and Barbara Lloyd's three-storey home remains unsold for months after it was listed is probably because the initial price was too ambitious, Wilk says.

(And just perhaps, the one-bathroom situation probably didn't help either, right?)

But anyway, the home, about an hour from Pittsburgh, has been reduced from that US$300,000 price ($429,300), according to the Tribune-Review. Since that happened, the property has attracted more serious interest, Wilk says. As of Tuesday, it was still available for sale, she confirmed, so there's still time to get those offers in.

The home features a wrap-around porch, high ceilings and pocket doors. And, you know, just so we're clear here: There never was any big, scary pit. That horrifying part of the movie was shot on a sound stage.

"They were looking for a home in which you entered the front door and had a straight line through," Barbara Lloyd said. "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."

And the house actually does has a fairly charming past. WTAE, an ABC affiliate in Pittsburgh, reports that a film crew spent three days shooting in the home near Perryopolis. "The Lloyds are selling the house, where they raised their son, because they're downsizing into a ranch-style home they're building a few miles away.

"A couple of months after buying the home, the Lloyds were married, on February 13, 1977, in the foyer where Ted Levine's character Buffalo Bill first meets the FBI agent portrayed by Jodie Foster."

"If you walk in there, you just don't want to leave," says Wilk, who also describes the home as "absolutely lovely".

Written by Sarah Larimer. First appeared on Stuff.co.nz.

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