Update: According to the listing the house has been taken “off-market”. The owners seem to have lowered the price several times but still couldn’t get asking. Bummer. These beautiful houses in small town Pennsylvania are really cool. Someone should pick this up some day if they can ever get it to a reasonable price.
Update 2: Thanks to a share of this story on reddit we’ve learned that the house was actually sold after a massive price reduction to $195,000, said Dianne Wilk, a real estate agent with RE/MAX Select Realty. Honestly that’s much more in line with what you’d expect a house this size and age to sell for in middle of nowhere PA, but we still maintain it should have been a museum. Oh well. Maybe the new owners will let us visit?
If you haven’t seen “The Silence of the Lambs” I say this with full conviction: you should stop what you’re doing (reading this article) and go watch it. It’s on Netflix streaming right now actually or better yet go buy a blu ray copy from amazon for under 9 bucks, trust me you’ll want to watch it more than once. It’s a truly perfect film that will make you afraid to be alive by showing a convincing glimpse into the darkest of minds, 2 of them actually. This is not however a review of the film but a news update that Buffalo Bill’s house is for sale in real life, in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania.
Buffalo Bill’s House in 1991 (left) and 2015 (right)
(Spoilers ahead) Buffalo Bill is a fictitious character made out of a combination of the worst real life serial killers to ever exist. He is the definition of what man is capable of at his worst. The first time I saw this movie I think I was 11 or 12 and I knew right away it was different than anything else I had seen before. This wasn’t a movie about monsters or ghosts which I was already pretty sure weren’t real. When Buffalo Bill kidnaps that girl by convincing her to help him, out of the kindness of her heart, it takes my breath away every time. It’s one of the scariest scenarios I can imagine, and where does he take her? To that terrifying house with a torture dungeon and a room full of human skin.
There’s a part of me that knows how cool it would be to own a set that created movie history, but I’d never be able to sleep there. The whole house is actually really incredible. Built in 1910 it has that old PA charm that I grew up with. Lots of exposed wood and hand made furnishings and builtins. There’s even a separate building out back and an antique train car on the property that’s been restored, it’s crazy beautiful. The house also comes with a signed copy of the book and a thank you note for letting them film there. All that stuff is pretty cool, and for 300k it sounds like a great deal (except I have no idea where Perryopolis is). But I still have to say no thanks. This house scares the hell out of me.
Here are some more pictures of then and now:
Buffalo Bill’s Grand Entranceway in 1991 (left) and 2015 (right)
Buffalo Bill’s Dining Room Built In Cabinet in 1991 (left) and 2015 (right)
Buffalo Bill’s Kitchen in 1991 (left) and 2015 (right) – Note: kitchen pictures taken from different sides of the room, but the oven is in the same place.
The signed book from filming that almost sells me on this house… almost.
Check out the real estate listing for more pictures of the house and the awesome train car in the backyard. If you’re a train nut it’s a vintage B&O Chessie System caboose.