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.
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 narrow cold cellar is made of brick and wood paneling with a window and exposed pipes. The rest of the real-life basement is unfinished, with a naked staircase, concrete floors and exposed pipes and wires.
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 house scenes were shot over the course of three days.
“[The movie location scouts] were looking for a home in which you entered the front door and had a straight line through … 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,” Barbara Lloyd told the Daily Mail in 2015, the last time the home was on the market.
The Lloyds sold the house in 2016 for $195,000, and the new owner listed the house for $289,500 in September. 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.