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PETA has a plan for the sinister home where Buffalo Bill skinned his victims in the movie "Silence of the Lambs" — turn it into an animal house.
"We're always looking for ways to draw attention to the violence inherent in the production of leather, fur, and other animal skins," Tracy Reiman, the executive vice president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, wrote Wednesday in a letter to the real estate agent handling the sale of the stately home.
"Turning 'The Silence of the Lambs' house into an empathy museum for these victims would serve as a way to point out that all animals are made of flesh, blood, and bone."
There was no immediate response from Dianne Wilk of RE/MAX Select Realty. But the three-story Victorian located in Layton, Pennsylvania was still on the market as of Wednesday, with an asking price of $249,000, according to the RE/MAX web site.
It was featured in the 1991 movie starring Jodie Foster as an FBI agent who tracks down a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine) with the help of the erudite but man-eating Hannibal Lecter (played by Anthony Hopkins).
The foyer and dining room appeared in the movie, but Buffalo Bill's gruesome basement torture chamber was filmed on a sound stage.
The house was initially priced at $300,000 when the owners, Scott and Barbara Lloyds first put it on the market back in August. And while it's infamy has attracted a lot of attention, it has yet to land a buyer.
Wilk has said potential buyers have been turned off by the home's remote location in a sleepy village some 30 miles south of Pittsburgh that is so small is doesn't even have a stoplight.