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A Real Horrorshow Property: 'Silence Of The Lambs' House On Sale
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A Real Horrorshow Property: 'Silence Of The Lambs' House On Sale

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A Real Horrorshow Property: 'Silence Of The Lambs' House On Sale

A Real Horrorshow Property: 'Silence Of The Lambs' House On Sale
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If you've ever wanted to live inside a part of Hollywood history, now's your chance. Scott and Barbara Lloyd are selling their home, which was used for a set in The Silence of the Lambs.

ARUN RATH, HOST:

If you've ever wanted to live inside a part of Hollywood history, now's your chance. This movie took home all the important Oscars - best picture, actor, actress, director, screenplay. And the place where it's most pivotal scene was filmed is up for sale.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "SILENCE OF THE LAMBS")

TED LEVINE: (As Jame Gumb) What's the problem, officer?

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

RATH: That's serial killer Buffalo Bill from 1991's "Silence Of The Lambs." The house where Bill lived and raised a family of moths and tormented his victims was actually the Pennsylvania home of Scott and Barbara Lloyd.

SCOTT LLOYD: They removed everything from our downstairs - wallpaper, furniture...

BARBARA LLOYD: Chandeliers...

S. LLOYD: Chandeliers...

B. LLOYD: ...Kitchen cabinets, appliances. Everything was removed down here.

RATH: Scott says their house was picked not because it was creepy, but for filmmaking reasons.

B. LLOYD: All the homes for this particular scene were to be old homes with a straight line from the front to the back.

RATH: Meaning a straight visual line from the front door through the dining room to the kitchen - perfect for the climactic scene where Detective Clarice Starling is slowly drawn into Bill's layer.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "SILENCE OF THE LAMBS")

LEVINE: (As James Gumb) Mrs. Lippman had a son, though. Maybe he could help you. I've got his card in here someplace. Do you want to come in while I look for it?

JODIE FOSTER: (As Clarice Starling) May I?

LEVINE: (As James Gumb) Yeah, sure.

FOSTER: (As Clarice Starling) Thank you.

RATH: Unlike Barb, Scott knew very little about the story and wasn't quite as prepared for what he saw in the movie.

S. LLOYD: I knew it was going to be a bit crazy. I just didn't quite expect it to be that crazy.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "SILENCE OF THE LAMBS")

FOSTER: (As Clarice Starling) Spread your legs, put your hands in the back, thumbs up. Freeze.

RATH: And in case you're wondering...

B. LLOYD: We have no pit in our basement.

RATH: So the filmmakers did have to resort to some Hollywood trickery for those scenes. But the Lloyd's helped with that as well.

S. LLOYD: They actually took pictures of a well that is on our property. And then when they built it on the soundstage, they used those photographs to build that model.

RATH: The Lloyds are happy to sell their house to fans of the movie, but they're hoping to appeal to buyers beyond horror movie freaks.

S. LLOYD: Anthony Hopkins isn't a creepy old man because he played a creepy man in the movies. And this house isn't a creepy old house just because it played one in the movies. She really was an actor more than anything else.

RATH: Whatever your fancy, if you want to audition the house, it's on the market now in the small town of Layton, Pa., holding pit sold separately.

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