Paranormal Activity House Up For Sale

Ben Bussey
·UK Movies Writer

Courageous would-be homeowners in San Diego have an enticing new property on the market for their consideration: the house in which the original ‘Paranormal Activity’ was shot.  

Q13 Fox report that for the princely sum of $749,000 (that’s a little shy of £497,000), the Rancho Peñasquitos property can be yours, complete with “a huge patio, pool and basketball hoop.”

The things that go bump in the night come at no extra cost, it would seem…

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Written and directed by Oren Peli, ‘Paranormal Activity’ was shot in 2007 for $15,000 and screened to widespread acclaim at various film festivals that same year. Initially sold to Paramount/Dreamworks with a view to being reshot completely on a bigger budget, the existing film was instead released to cinemas in 2009 in a slightly reworked form.

It wound up grossing over $190 million worldwide, making it one of the most profitable films of all time in terms of return on investment - and inspiring a slew of similar ‘found footage’ horror movies from filmmakers eager to reap similar profits.

The film also launched producer Jason Blum and his company Blumhouse Productions as a major force in mainstream horror, whose hits have included the four subsequent ‘Paranormal Activity’ movies, the ‘Insidious’ and ‘The Purge’ franchises, and ‘Sinister,’ which also has a sequel due this summer.

The next installment in the ‘Paranormal Activity’ series - ‘Paranormal Activity: the Ghost Dimension’ - is due in cinemas on 23 October 2015, having been pushed back from its originally scheduled release date in March.

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Picture Credit: Q13 Fox, Paramount/Dreamworks