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‘Silence of the Lambs’ home sells for $290K — basement torture well not included

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The dimly lit, wallpapered house where Buffalo Bill skins his victims in the film “The Silence of the Lambs” has sold for $290,000 according to Zillow.

The four-bedroom, one-bathroom house outside Pittsburgh has many of its original features included in the 1991 hit movie, including its old-fashioned wallpaper, hardwood floors, pocket doors and dark wood trimmings. 

On 1.76 acres, it’s only yards from the train tracks in the opening shot of the film’s Buffalo Bill scene. And the exterior of the three-story house is the same yellowish-red brick with a wraparound porch as seen in the movie. 

There is also an RV near the tracks in the movie, and the house really does have a vintage train — a Chessie caboose that is being marketed as an opportunity to convert it into a pool house.

The dimly lit, wallpapered house where Buffalo Bill skins his victims in “The Silence of the Lambs” has sold for $290,000.realtor.com The four-bedroom, one-bathroom house outside Pittsburgh has many of its original features included in the 1991 hit movie, including its old-fashioned wallpaper, hardwood floors, pocket doors and dark wood trimmings.realtor.com

Is there really a torture well in the basement?

The 2,334-square-foot house is missing one thing, though — the infamous well in the basement where Buffalo Bill, played by Ted Levine, traps his victims. 

The house’s creepy well isn’t real, but the basement — specifically the cold cellar — was featured in the movie, according to a video by the listing brokers Eileen Allan and Shannon Assad of Berkshire Home Hathaway. 

“It actually is kind of creepy in here,” the brokers said in the video.

The rest of the real-life basement is unfinished, with a naked staircase, concrete floors and exposed pipes and wires. “It actually is kind of creepy in here,” said the brokers in the video. realtor.com On 1.76 acres, it’s only yards from the train tracks in the opening shot of the Buffalo Bill scene.realtor.com

How did it end up in the movie?

Longtime owners Harold and Barbara Lloyd agreed to let the “Silence of the Lambs” producers shoot in the house when a scout knocked on their door one night during dinner.

The historic house was first built in 1910, but the three-car garage was actually a General Store, a post office and a train station in the 1880s. 

The listing brokers did not respond to a request for comment.

The 2,334-square-foot Queen Anne Victorian-style house has some other features that aren’t featured in the film, like a stained-glass window in the bathroom and three fireplaces dating back to 1910, when the house was built. realtor.com The house was listed for $298,500 in September after the previous owner purchased it for $195,000 in 2016 from its longtime owners, the Lloyds.realtor.com “[The movie location scouts] were looking for a home in which you entered the front door and had a straight line through,” the owner told the Daily Mail in 2015. realtor.com

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