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Searching Penasquitos for 'Paranormal Activity'

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One of the hottest movies in America is "Paranormal Activity." It's a frightening film about a haunted house in Rancho Penasquitos. Critics are calling it the scariest movie in a decade. News 8 visited the house and tries to separate fact from fiction.

"Paranormal Activity" is a movie about a boyfriend and girlfriend trying to record demons in their home as they sleep. Shot on a $15,000 budget, the movie is freaking people out. Thirty-nine-year-old filmmaker Oren Peli says when he moved into the home, weird things kept happening. So he wrote a script and shot a movie there.

"Just the feeling that somebody is in there looking at you, but there is no one ever home," a pool cleaner said.

The men who clean the pool were too scared to get out of their truck to talk to us.

"We try to not pay attention. We just do our job and we are in there and we are out. It's really weird," one pool cleaner said.

Next door neighbor Myrna Gloria says the home has had four different owners. Neighbor Bill Hernandez had to walk officers through the house a day ago after something tripped the alarm.

"It's dark, it's very dark," he said.

"Paranormal Activity" has already raked in $35 million. Critics say they haven't seen a low-budget horror film do this well since "The Blair Witch Project" in 1999.

Although no one was home, a faint banging was heard coming from the house.

"You know, I thought that I heard that the other night and I was wondering what that was,"

"Paranormal Activity" was released nationwide last Friday. It's currently showing in 13 theaters throughout San Diego County.

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