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Fayette County house from 'The Silence of the Lambs' up for sale

| Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, 10:42 p.m.
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This home near Perryopolis which appeared in “The Silence of the Lambs” is up for sale. In the film, the three-story Victorian was the home of a serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill.

Home for sale, dungeon not included.

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

Scott and Barbara Lloyd's three-story Victorian near Perryopolis was the home of a serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill in the Academy Award-winning film.

The couple, both 63, put the house up for sale Sunday. The asking price is $300,000.

“The house is just so cool,” said Dianne Wilk, a Realtor for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty, which listed the home.

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.

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

“People love to be scared,” she said. “I could see somebody doing something fun with this.”

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 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.

“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.”

Other parts were filmed in the Pittsburgh area. Toward the end of the movie, Lecter is held in a large cage after meeting with a U.S. senator whose daughter was kidnapped.

That was filmed in the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum, said Steve Bittle, spokesman for the Pittsburgh Film Office.

In a separate scene, Starling crawls under a door into a storage unit to search for clues. That was filmed at a Point Breeze warehouse that was auctioned in April 2014.

The Lloyds are retired and looking to downsize.

“I'm too old to take care of her anymore,” Scott Lloyd said of the house.

They are building a ranch-style home a few miles away.

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

Tony Raap is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7827 or traap@tribweb.com.

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