Director James Wan has been on a downward slope since Saw. His ultra low-budget horror debut may not have been a huge hit with critics, but as you have surely deduced from the six sequels it’s spawned, the film performed like gangbusters with audiences. His two follow-up efforts, meanwhile, did not. Death Sentence performed miserably at the box office, and Dead Silence didn’t fare much better. Critics hated both.

James Wan has two strikes against him now, and is in desperate need of a hit if he has any intention of reclaiming his past glory.

Good thing Wan has Insidious, a film he’s been quoted as saying he wants to be “the Poltergeist for this generation”. This time around, he’s teamed up with Paranormal Activity creators Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider — a fact the trailer eagerly promotes, though obviously without acknowledging that they’re only serving in a producer capacity — and reunited with Saw screenwriter Leigh Whannell. Its story revolves around a family looking to prevent evil spirits from trapping their comatose child in a realm called The Further. Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne star, with Barbara Hershey in a supporting role. The film premiered at TIFF 2010 as one of its Midnight Madness selections, and generated great buzz. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

‘Paranormal Activity 3′ Set For October 21, 2011

Briefly: The turnout for Paranormal Activity 2 was good enough that a third film is already in the planning stages. Oren Peli, who directed the original film in the series and produced the second, has told Dread Central that Paramount is setting October 21, 2011 as the release date for Paranormal Activity 3.

We don’t know anything about the story or the creative team, other than the presumed involvement of Mr. Peli. There seems to be a cohesive story coming together in some respect with the second film providing a sort of parallel/prequel tale to the first. It involved the sister of Katie, aka one of the first film’s two lead characters. So this is the point where fans start guessing about whether the third film will move forward in time, or delve back into more of the family’s history, or both. And what of the Japanese ‘parallel sequel,’ Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night? As far as we know, no US release is planned, but don’t be surprised to see it hit DVD, at least.

When Oren Peli shot the first Paranormal Activity in his own house over the course of a week, he never could have imagined how it would totally and utterly change his life. The film came out and was a runaway hit, he immediately signed on to produce a sequel and then directed his second movie called Area 51. Now, before any word of that film is out, Peli has wisely locked down the follow up. He’s just signed to direct Eliza Graves, which is loosely based on the short story The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether by Edgar Allen Poe, about a medical student who visits a mental hospital totally unaware that it’s been overtaken by its inmates. Read more about the movie and the original Poe story after the break. Read More »

Movie Trailer: ‘Paranormal Activity 2’


In June we saw the first teaser for Paranormal Activity 2, which opens on October 22. But that mostly traded on the cache of the first film, which did shockingly well for Paramount. (Thanks in part to a very smart marketing campaign.) Now there’s a full trailer for the sequel, which introduces the new family that falls victim to a haunting. See it after the break. Read More »

A couple weeks back, there was some really early word that Barry Levinson would be making a film with sci-fi overtones. Called Isopod, the movie was reportedly a thriller that would shoot in the Carolinas. Now there’s a lot more detail, starting off with a title change: Isopod is now called The Bay. Read More »


Briefly: Well, it’s not quite Brian De Palma, but it’s also not Akiva Goldsman. And did we really think that Paramount was going to a big-name director for this quickie sequel to Paranormal Activity? So: Tod ‘Kip’ Williams (The Door in the Floor) will direct Paranormal Activity 2.

The hire was announced on the film’s official website (via STYD) with a note from Oren Peli, who directed the first film.The script is by Michael Perry. Oren Peli is producing; Akiva Goldsman is executive producer.

“We are thrilled to have Kip working with us,” Peli says. “He is the guy we want at the helm, because he knows exactly what we want to deliver to the fans…and I can’t wait to be a part of what he’s putting together. I don’t want to spoil the story but I promise it’ll surprise you.”


Original Saw creators James Wan and Leigh Whannell are going to film a new low-budget horror picture this summer called Insidious, with Wan directing from a script by Whannell. Making the project a bit more interesting, Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider, the guys behind Paranormal Activity, are producing. Read More »

Area 51

Paramount Pictures has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Area 51, reteaming with filmmaker Oren Peli for his follow-up to the low budget haunted house “found footage” indie Paranormal Activity.

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With Paranormal Activity turning out to be a massive success, all eyes are on director Oren Peli’s upcoming project, Area 51. Obviously, the film will likely deal with the titular American military base which has been home to all sorts of conspiracies, in particular aliens. Up until now, we’ve heard murmurs that the film was about three teenager exploring Area 51, and that it will employ a similar narrative to Paranormal Activity. Further details remained tightly under wraps–that is until our friends over at Latino Review landed a look at the film’s script/outline.

Potential spoilers for Area 51 after the break.

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Area 51
While covering the American Film Market, Bloody Disgusting discovered the names of the three main cast members for director Oren Peli‘s Area 51, the filmmaker’s follow-up to the indie supernatural thriller viral sensation Paranormal Activity. Peli is not going Hollywood yet, and keeping it low-key, with three virtually unknown actors – Reid Warner, Darrin Bragg and Ben Rovner.

Aside from Warner’s one-episode small guest spots on The Unit and Eli Stone, the trio have been virtually unseen in both movies and television. It seems to me to be a smart move on many levels. First of all it allows Peli to keep the costs low — the estimated budget is around $5 million, which will probably go mostly toward effects. Second of all, not using any established or known actors allows Peli to play with the audience’s perceptions of real/cinema, as he did with Activity.

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