A Tribute to Silence of the Lambs’ Buffalo Bill

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Buffalo Bill, whose real name is Jame Gumb, is the villain being tracked in the 1991 film Silence of the Lambs. Played expertly by Ted Levine, Buffalo Bill is modeled after killer Ed Gein, who skinned his victims; Ted Bundy, who used the cast on his hand as bait to make women get into his van; and Gary Heidnick, who kept women he kidnapped in a pit in his basement. His hobbies are collecting moths, sewing, and trying to be a woman (the kidnapping and killing is just a means to an end.)

First, let’s get in the mood by watching this classic scene, titled “It Puts the Lotion in the Basket.”

Best Buffalo Bill Dialogue

tedlevine l 300x225Jame: [To Catherine] Are you about a size 14?

Jame: [To a mirror] Would you fuck me? I’d fuck me. I’d fuck me hard.

Jame: [Shouting] You don’t know what pain is!

Jame: [To Clarice while dying] What’s it like to be beautiful?

Jame: [to his dog, Precious] Yes, it will, Precious, won’t it? It will get the hose!

Jame: It rubs the lotion on its skin. It does this whenever it’s told. It puts the lotion on its skin, or else it gets the hose again. Now it puts the lotion in the basket. Put the fucking lotion in the basket!

Buffalo Bill’s Favorite Song

Goodbye Horses by Q Lazzarus. This is not on the Silence of the Lambs soundtrack, but is on the soundtrack of the 1988 film Married to the Mob, also directed by Jonathan Demme.

Buffalo Bill Stuff

Silence of the Lambs: Minimates Box Set

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Buffalo Bill’s Dog

20080603 j59xwipx2nquy7pmyjx3bw51r7Precious is a Bichon Frisé who lives with Jame Gumb. She injures herself on the fall into the pit. We last see Precious being held by Catherine, who also has a cat at home.

Other famous people named Precious:

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People Influenced by Buffalo Bill


Chris Griffin

Stewie Griffin

Joe Dirt



And Finally

If you’ve read this far, then I know you really wanted to watch this, you disgusting freaks: