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‘Silence of the Lambs’ at home to become themed vacation rental

The lifelong horror fan who bought the Pennsylvania house where Silence of the Lambs was filmed is working hard to turn it into a themed vacation home.

The lifelong horror fan who bought the Pennsylvania home featured in the 1991 film Silence of the Lambs is working hard to turn it into a themed vacation home.

The Perryopolis estate, which was the home of serial killer Buffalo Bill in the Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins film that starred last October, and Chris Rowan, a New York art director and prop stylist, bought it in February for $ 290,000. A longtime fan of both the film and the genre, Rowan immediately saw the opportunity to turn it into a tribute to the cult classic.

“When I saw that Buffalo Bill’s house was open in October, I had some ideas,” Rowan told Inman. “I’m a passionate fan first and foremost, while my experience as a filmmaker and producer really gives me the unique ability to decorate the place and make it very special.”

About 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh, the 110-year-old Victorian Princess Anne-style house sits on 1.76 acres of land along the Youghiogheny River. The film depicts an attractive but inconspicuous suburban home that hides the dark secrets of Buffalo Bill (played by Ted Levine), the serial killer who is being hunted down by Foster’s FBI trainee Clarice Starling.

The Perryopolis, Pennsylvania property featured the home of serial killer Buffalo Bill in the Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins film. It hit the market last October.

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Much of the home’s interiors are original, including hardwood floors, woodwork, lighting fixtures, pocket doors, and wallpaper.

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About 30 miles outside of Pittsburgh, the 110-year-old Victorian Princess Anne-style house sits on 1.76 acres of land along the Youghiogheny River.

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Chris Rowan, a New York art director and prop stylist, bought it for $ 290,000 in February.

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To deepen the theme of “The Silence of the Lambs”, Rowan is currently creating features that have been shot on sets, such as the fountain that Bill kept his victims in before he skinned them and the infamous cellar pit.

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Renovating a vintage train cabin parked behind the house is also in Rowan’s plan.

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To kick off the rental, Rowan is holding a competition for the chance to win a two-night free stay at the property and be the first to stay at the property until Sunday, February 28th.

Much of the decor recognized by fans of the film, such as wood paneling, vintage wallpaper, and some furniture, remains untouched. To deepen the theme of “The Silence of the Lambs”, Rowan is currently creating features that have been shot on sets, such as the fountain that Bill kept his victims in before he skinned them and the infamous cellar pit. Renovating a vintage train cabin parked behind the house is also in Rowan’s plan.

“I use some of my props stylist talents to recreate some of the key components of the Silence of the Lambs story in the house and basement,” said Rowan, who has also expanded his movie collection of memorabilia that are on display throughout the house. “What I want to do is recreate some permanent sets in the basement so that the fans can have a very immersive and unique experience while staying here and have a wonderful photo opportunity.”

Rowan, who also runs New York’s annual horror film festival, is confident that there is a large enough fan base to be interested rather than let this type of rental property sneak your way in. To kick off the rental, he is holding a competition for the chance to win a free two night stay at the property and be the first to stay in the property until Sunday, February 28th. A winner will be selected in March while regular bookings will open in the coming months.

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“My goal is to preserve the Silence of the Lambs legacy and place in film history while sharing it with like-minded people who want to visit,” Rowans said, adding that his social media has been flooded with news interested fans since the rental plans were announced.

In a passion project, Rowan hopes the house will bring together fans of not only Silence of the Lambs but the horror genre in general. As part of his new Buffalo Bill’s House business, he’s also planning to start tours and open the house as a filming and photo shoot location in addition to the overnight stays.

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