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A replica of the well at Buffalo Bill’s home in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania.

Have you ever wanted to know what it feels like to be trapped in a well by a serial killer? Now you can, thanks to a new interactive experience at the iconic Western Pennsylvania facility used in the film The silence of the lambs.

Buffalo Bill’s Houselocation in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, which was used in some of the most memorable, oft-quoted scenes from the 1991 hit, will invite guests to inspect the house and surrounding property. Owner Chris Rowan, who turned the house into a hideous bed and breakfast for movie buffs, will lead tours that include a visit to a replica of the basement well where serial killer Buffalo Bill kept his prisoners.

Tours are available at the location, about an hour south of Pittsburgh, from Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th and from Friday, October 28th through Sunday, October 30th.

The release describes the well developed in partnership with Tom SaviniThe special make-up effects program at the Douglas Education Center in Monessen, Pennsylvania, as being “uncannily similar” to the one featured in the film. The four-foot-deep replica, constructed of real granite, sits in the property’s former coal cellar.

Buffalo Bill House, a three-story, four-bedroom Queen Anne Victorian originally built in 1910, was purchased by Rowan in early 2021 and converted into a “boutique lodging and theater” that can accommodate up to eight guests. time On the company’s website, Rowan writes that as an avid horror fan with a history of film and television, he decided to “keep the story at home” and share it with other people who love The silence of the lambs as much as he does.

The tours, which cost $65 per person and last between one and a half to two hours, take guests into the home’s basement, where they are “immediately greeted by the sound of dripping water along with audio footage from the film of victim Catherine Martin (played by Brooke Smith) screaming for her life “. Guests can also dress up as Catherine and drop them down the well for ‘spooky photos’.

The well also features a stuffed version of Buffalo Bill’s dog Precious, the infamous bucket of lotion, and “lighting on the tube and handle to add eerie effect.”

If that wasn’t unsettling enough, Rowan will recreate Buffalo Bill’s dance scene to Q Lazzarus’ “Goodbye Horses” in a set that includes a vintage Singer sewing machine similar to the one the character uses to create suits out of human skin. with a disco ball, a set of mannequins and the ever-important full-length mirror.

One who has never seen The silence of the lambs it should be noted that the character of Buffalo Bill has been heavily revised due to the way the portrayal represents trans people, mainly due to a very revealing dance scene. As one 2021 The Vox article points outthe film “sparked sustained criticism from LGBTQ+ people and rights groups for its portrayal of Buffalo Bill,” including a protest on Oscar night. during which the film won many awards, including Best Picture as a result of which 10 people were arrested. With that in mind, we hope Rowan approaches the holiday with some level of sensitivity.

Guests can also watch The silence of the lambs memorabilia displayed throughout the house, including an original copy of the house’s production blueprints, a call letter that was issued to the cast and crew, and two pieces of wallpaper used on screen in the film.

Need to unwind after all the creepy shenanigans? Check out the upstairs loft, aka Buffalo Bill’s Playhouse, a “totally retro-inspired playroom” featuring a big-screen TV with over 400 movies across the decades on DVD and VHS, a selection of full-size arcade video games, and a flip-up air hockey table and billiards.

Buffalo Bill’s House. 8 Circle St., Perryopolis.

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