MEET & GREET “THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS” STAR BROOKE SMITH IN AN ULTRA-EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL EVENT AT BUFFALO BILL’S HOUSE
Perryopolis, PA -- (August 8, 2023) – For the very first time, in an ultra-exclusive and intimate event, actress Brooke Smith, who infamously played the unforgettable role as captured victim, Catherine Martin, in the five-time Academy Award winning film, “The Silence of the Lambs,” will return to visit Buffalo Bill’s House, the real film location where the climax to the iconic film was shot.
Brooke last stepped foot inside “Buffalo Bill’s House” over thirty years ago during the scene where she is rescued from the infamous ‘well’ in which she is held captive by the serial killer Buffalo Bill in the iconic film “The Silence of the Lambs”. In that scene, Brooke is led out of the house and through its doors into the arms of her mother, Senator Ruth Martin (played by Diane Baker).
Fans are now able to purchase a ticket for a meet and greet with Brooke Smith during the weekend of September 22-24 (multiple time slots are available). All guests will receive a full guided tour of Buffalo Bill's House and the opportunity to meet actress Brooke Smith, who played Buffalo Bill's captured victim Catherine Martin. Brooke will be signing 8x10 autographs & memorabilia and taking pictures with tour guests (for an additional fee). There will even be a special VIP Experience add-on with Brooke for the “Silence” superfan who wants a photo in the well with Brooke dressed as her character Catherine Martin!
Tours will be personally conducted by Buffalo Bill’s House owner, Chris Rowan. During the exclusive tours, intimate groups of guests will be able to visit the home in its entirety as well as the sprawling property. Tours will last approximately 90 minutes in length.
Tours are $125 per person and the following special Brooke Smith weekend 2023 dates are currently available:
BROOKE SMITH SPECIAL WEEKEND PHOTO OPPS/AUTOGRAPHS/HOUSE TOURS:
Friday, September 22nd 10am-12pm; 1-3pm; 4-6pm
Saturday, September 23rd 10am-12pm; 1-3pm; 4-6pm
Sunday, September 24th 10am-12pm; 1-3pm; 4-6pm
Fans will have the opportunity to purchase the following during this special event (Additional charges apply for Autograph signing and VIP Experience):
- Meet & Greet with Brooke Smith
- Signed 8x10 Autograph
- VIP Experience with Brooke Smith in the well! (with Brooke dressed as Catherine Martin)
“It is a film enthusiast’s dream come true to have Brooke Smith, who played the seminal role of Catherine Martin, the captured victim in ‘The Silence of the Lambs’, return to Buffalo Bill’s House for the very first time since shooting the film on location over thirty years ago,” said Chris Rowan, owner of Buffalo Bill’s House. “We are so excited and honored to be able to bring this meet & great opportunity with Brooke for our guests to enjoy. As huge cinephiles ourselves, we know this ultra-exclusive, intimate experience is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
For complete Brooke Smith Special Weekend event details, please click the link https://buffalobillshouse.com/upcoming-events/
Halloween weekend regular house tours are also available October 28-29. For regular tour details: https://buffalobillshouse.com/upcoming-tours/
Before putting the lotion in the basket in “The Silence of the Lambs,” Brooke Smith was a regular fixture in the 1980s New York hardcore punk music scene. Rebellious adolescents flocked to New York's Lower East Side to take in the sounds of the new music that dominated famous clubs like CBGBs. Her newly released book, Sunday Matinee, is a collection of Brooke's incredibly intimate photos documenting that time before digital cameras and cell photos.
In addition to her famous role in “Silence,” Brooke Smith has enjoyed a decades-long successful career as an actress in film and television, appearing in such notable films as Mr. Wonderful, Bad Company and Melinda and Melinda, as well as having held recurring roles in popular television and cable series including Grey’s Anatomy, Law & Order and Bates Motel.
Guests who book the Brooke Smith Special Weekend tour at Buffalo Bill’s House will be delighted by the interactive well set, located in the basement of the house. The well is a replica of the infamous well in the movie, and is uncannily realistic. Constructed of real granite with all the gruesome markings from the movie, the well includes details such as the bloody fingernail scratches along the wall. Guests who purchase a ‘VIP Experience with Brooke Smith’ in the well will actually be able to physically enter the four feet deep well for a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity with Brooke, who will be dressed in a “hostage” costume, similar to what she wore as the famous movie hostage, Catherine Martin, in the iconic film!
To set the mood for the well photo opportunity, guests will be greeted upon entry by sounds of dripping water along with sound clips from the film of the victim Catherine screaming for her life. Additional props include a stuffed animal “Precious,” the little white bichon frise dog owned by the killer, a bucket, complete with lotion, which can be raised and lowered, as well knob & tube lighting to add to the eerie effect. To complete the chilling scene, there is also a hose for guests who want to channel Buffalo Bill’s character. All props can be used by guests to make their photo with Brooke Smith truly memorable!
The well itself was built in partnership with legendary special make-up effects artist, and lifelong Pittsburgh resident, Tom Savini. Tom commissioned the Douglas Education Center, where he runs Tom Savini’s Special Make-Up Effects Program, to create the incredible well, which was built by both faculty and students of Savini’s program.
‘Buffalo Bill’s Workshop of Horrors,’ also located in the basement of the house, is where Rowan (an art director and prop stylist by profession) has re-created the famous Buffalo Bill’s dance set from the film complete with vintage Singer sewing machine, disco ball, four female mannequins dressed to resemble the ones in the movie, as well as a full length mirror and Buffalo Bill style kimono for guests’ use, designed to help fans “get their tuck on” while they live out their Buffalo Bill fantasies. To truly set the mood, “Goodbye Horses,” the haunting song that plays during the famous Buffalo Bill dance scene, goes on auto play, as folks enter the basement.
In the attic, guests will find ‘Buffalo Bill’s Playhouse,’ a retro-inspired game room that features a large screen TV complete with a 600+ library of select 70’s, 80’s and 90’s films on DVD and VHS. The Playhouse is tricked out with a host of full-sized classic arcade video games including Asteroids, Pac Man, Super Street Fighter, Terminator 2, Galaga, NBA Jam and Crazy Taxi. Most recent video game additions to the collection include Mortal Kombat, The Simpsons, Centipede and Final Fight. There is also a pool table that, when flipped over, doubles as an air hockey table.
Guests will be permitted to take pictures and video (for personal use only) of their favorite on-site “Silence” filming locations, and even re-enact scenes that were shot at Buffalo Bill’s House. “Silence” memorabilia on display throughout the home includes an original copy of the production blueprints of the house, a call sheet that was issued to the cast and crew, and even two production utilized pieces of wallpaper, which were screen-used in “The Silence of the Lambs.” Permanently on display is also a plethora of mostly donated fan artwork and several real taxidermy death’s-head moths.
Exclusive Buffalo Bill’s House gift souvenirs are available for purchase at the conclusion of the tour. These branded items include: T-Shirts, Hooded Sweatshirts, ‘Skin Suit Soft’ Body Lotion, Coffee Mugs, ‘Precious’ plush dogs, Enamel Pins, ‘Clarice Cherry’ Lip Balm, Magnets, Tote bags and ‘Get Your Tuck On’ Bumper Stickers. For the serious collector, there are a limited number of real taxidermy Death’s-Head Moths set in a gilded frame with a Buffalo Bill’s House backdrop. Each design is unique.
All available items can be found in the online gift shop. Buffalo Bill’s House accepts cash, Venmo, PayPal, and debit/credit for all merchandise sales.
Buffalo Bill’s House is currently running a Summer Sale on overnight stays. A 25% OFF discount is automatically applied for a two-night stay, a 30% discount for a three-night stay and 35% off for a four night or longer stay, but for a limited time only. Please call 1.833.BUFFBILL) or email email@example.com to claim your discounts. Gift certificates are available! Additional Promo Codes and updates on the house are available by subscribing to the mailing list here.
Photo Policy: Photos and video are for personal use only, meant for personal social media, sharing with family and friends, etc. Footage will not be allowed to be utilized for professional promotion of personal business, websites, etc. Please see the filming & photography policy here.
About Buffalo Bill’s House
Buffalo Bill’s House, the boutique accommodation and cinematic destination, features a beautiful, three-floor, four-bedroom Queen Anne Victorian home situated on two acres of lush riverfront property. Nestled in a bucolic town in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, just 30 miles south of Pittsburgh, Buffalo Bill’s House is a private rental where booked guests get exclusive use of the entire house only with the party they have booked with. The house accommodates a maximum number of eight guests at a time and does not allow any unauthorized visitors or large parties to the home or on the premises. For a unique experience that can only be found at Buffalo Bill’s House, guests can book a stay at this one-of-a-kind private rental.
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