Posted on Wednesday, February 1st, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Although the first Paranormal Activity film didn’t open in wide release until 2009, it held its first festival screenings in 2007. The means one of the more divisive modern horror franchises is about to celebrate its tenth birthday. Aw. Happy birthday, Paranormal Activity.
Perhaps that’s why Oren Peli, the director of the first film and a producer on all of the sequels, has posted Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat‘s original auditions on YouTube. And in keeping with the film’s style, these auditions were completely improvised by the actors, giving us some insight into the film’s unusual production.
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Area 51, in which a group of people breaks into the famed government alien holding area, is the long-shelved film from Oren Peli that was once intended to be a follow-up to Paranormal Activity. The film has been stuck in limbo with Paramount’s small Insurge banner for quite some time; the last update on the film came in 2013, and before that 2011.
Now Area 51 is about to get a very short theatrical life. Along with Drunk Wedding, another Insurge film, Area 51 will play sixteen Alamo Drafthouse locations for one weekend in May, alongside their VOD debuts. The first Area 51 trailer is below. Read More »
When Oren Peli released the first Paranormal Activity in 2007, no one would’ve guessed seven years later, we’d still be talking about it. But here we are in 2014, and the fifth film in the franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, is now in theaters. Though the main storyline for this film is separate from the thread of the first four, the series’ overall mythology is expanded and changed significantly near the end, which is likely to leave audiences guessing as to what’s coming next.
What’s coming next is Paranormal Activity 5, in October. While the writer and director of The Marked Ones, Christopher Landon, wouldn’t quite comment on what’ll happen in that film, he did reveal that he, Peli, and producer Jason Blum (among others) have come up with an ultimate ending to the franchise. However, it’s more than one movie away and they might not get there. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over the weekend, the CIA finally acknowledged the existence of Area 51, the mysterious government facility rumored to be the site of UFO activity. At the same time, producer was eager to reaffirm the existence of Area 51, the Oren Peli-directed found-footage horror film based on same.
Area 51 was first announced in 2009 and entered principal photography not too long afterward, but has yet to reveal a single frame of footage or announce a release date. However, Blum now confirms that shooting has been completed and that Peli is now “tinkering” with the movie in post-production. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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Posted on Friday, February 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
So far, the scariest thing about Paranormal Activity 5 may be how little anyone involved with it claims to know about it. We are talking about a movie that’s due out in just under nine months. After the jump:
- Katie Featherston and Oren Peli talk Paranormal Activity 5
- No, Linday Lohan will not be reprising her role for Machete Kills
- Steven Spielberg says George Lucas still plans to do Indiana Jones 5
- Sylvester Stallone is joking about wanting Bill Clinton for Expendables 3, right?
- Judd Apatow considers another Knocked Up spinoff, this time about the kids
- Andy Muschietti does not think there should be a Mama 2
- Check out a sunny set photo from Insidious Chapter 2
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Posted on Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Is it Halloween already? Today’s TV Bits is dark and spooky, as it deals with vampires, zombies, murderers, and other scary creatures. (Insert your own joke about some of Star Wars‘ CGI characters being their own brand of horrifying here.) After the jump:
- Rick McCallum talks about the Star Wars TV show (again)
- ABC releases a trailer for Oren Peli’s The River
- NBC picks up Dracula from Black List writer Cole Haddon
- Golden Globe winner Jessica Lange ponders a return to FX’s American Horror Story
- AMC announces the Season 2 premiere of The Killing and orders an extra dose of The Walking Dead
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In 2009, Paramount released Oren Peli‘s tiny little movie Paranormal Activity, to great success. That film has already spawned two hugely successful sequels, and even as Paranormal was being released Peli was already working on another film called Area 51.
There’s not yet any sign of Area 51, two years later, but Peli is reportedly still finishing that movie, while working as a producer on other projects: the TV show The River, Rob Zombie’s new movie The Lords of Salem, and a project he wrote which was called The Diary of Lawson Oxford, but is currently being referred to as the Untitled Oren Peli Project.
This last one is a post-apocalyptic thriller that started shooting this week in Eastern Europe. We’ve got more details after the break. Read More »
Even before the massive success of Paranormal Activity, we knew that producer Jason Blum and director Oren Peli were going to make a movie called Area 51. The project was officially announced in October 2009, and now, a year and a half later, there is still no movie to be seen.
In April of this year, we heard that Chris Denham was doing rewrites on the film, which we knew had completed principal photography some time ago. Or that’s what we thought we knew. In a new interview, Jason Blum talks about Area 51, and in the process details some of the working methods that make the creation of his low-budget thrillers different from the production of most films. Read More »
Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli is behind a new ABC show called The River, which follows the search for a missing nature TV host. Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan) directed the pilot from a script by Michael R. Perry and Michael Green, and a trailer has shown up online. Read More »
Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson has just found a distributor for his first horror film, a found footage tale of what happens when a deadly disease moves from the sea onto the land, called The Bay. Lionsgate has acquired the rights to the film, which was produced by the team behind Paranormal Activity and Insidious: Jason Blum, Steven Schneider and Oren Peli. Read the official press release and more after the break. Read More »