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Want to live in the “Silence of the Lambs” house?

As it turns out, not many people would. In the movie, it was the home of psycho killer Buffalo Bill. In reality, it’s a property dropping in price because nobody wants to buy it. Here’s Why.

For thriller movie buffs, the Silence of the Lambs is a classic in its own right.

In fact, the movie, which was released in 1991, has gone down in the history books as one of the greatest thrillers of all time. Anthony Hopkins won an Academy Award for playing Dr. Hannibal Lecter, and Jodie Foster also won an Oscar for her role as the lead FBI agent.

An eerie, gory, intense and suspenseful film in every sense, movie goers were given an inside look at the life of Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who killed overweight woman and skinned them so he could make ‘women’s suits’ to sport around the house in.

However, that very same house used in the film where Buffalo Bill lived and where he carried out his sadistic killings is actually having a very hard time selling on the market.

Scott and Barbara Lloyd listed the home for sale this past summer, but this week they have dropped the price from $300,000 (USD) to $250,000. The home is located in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, which is a small village about an hour away from Pittsburgh.

The real problem is that the home is still quite far from the big city and it has only one bathroom to go along with its four bedrooms.

“Even though it's got notoriety, location still is a big deal,'” says Erik Gunther, who is a senior editor and expert on unique homes for Realtor.com.

“The fact that a home gets a ton of publicity doesn't necessarily add up to a quick sale,” explains Gunther. “Just because I want to gawk at something doesn't mean I want to buy it.”

The dining room and foyer of the house were the two main areas of the house used in the film.

And no there was never a dungeon pit in the basement where Jame “Buffalo Bill”Gumb, played by Ted Levine, kept innocent women before killing and skinning them. All those gruesome scenes were filmed on a specially designed soundstage.

The house has had a number of showings, but still no bites. 

Photo credit The Preferred Realty

-by HOSS Staff