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Posted: January 11, 2016

No one wants to buy the house from 'Silence of the Lambs'

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Hundreds of thousands of people watched and loved "Silence of the Lambs," a 1991 thriller starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

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But no one wants to buy the house that appeared in the movie. 

In the summer of 2015, homeowners Scott and Barbara Lloyd put the house that served as Buffalo Bill's torture lair on the market. The tri-level Victorian became the second-most clicked home on realtor.com

And yet, there were no takers. 

“The fact that a home gets a ton of publicity doesn't necessarily add up to a quick sale,” said Erik Gunther, a senior editor and unique home expert at realtor.com. “Just because I want to gawk at something doesn't mean I want to buy it.” 

According to Gunther, the house, located in Layton, Pennsylvania, is less appealing to property seekers because the location isn't convenient for most people. 

Layton is a remote village with less than 50 people, and it's an hour from Pittsburgh.

Another reason the house might not be selling is because of the lack of indoor plumbing. The structure has has four bedrooms but only one bathroom.

“If I can buy a (three-bed, two-bath) up the road that's around the same price, why would I buy something that's a (four-bed, one-bath) just because it was ‘The Silence of the Lambs' house?'” Gunther said.

The Lloyds, who put the house on the market when they retired and decided to downsize, originally listed the home for $300,000 in August. Their Realtor received tons of calls, but all were from journalists, not interested buyers. The couple was forced to decrease their asking price to $250,000 in December.

“We know there are people interested,” said Realtor Dianne Wilk. “But it comes down to who wants a home like that?” 

Though foyer and dining room scenes in "Silence of the Lambs" were filmed in the Lloyds' home, none of the scenes from the basement dungeon were filmed in the house. Those were all filmed on a sound stage.

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