Filmmaker Oren Peli took the horror world by storm back in 2009 with his micro-budgeted thriller Paranormal Activity, which took in over $190 million worldwide from just a meager $15,000 budget. It also spawned the sequels Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity 3, and the upcoming Paranormal Activity 4. He returns as a writer-producer with the horrific found footage tale Chernobyl Diaries, which hits theaters May 25.
The story is set in the abandoned Russian town of Prypriat, which was evacuated overnight after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in the 1980s. The thriller follows a group of adventurous American friends who decide to visit this desolate city, only to discover that they are not alone. We were able to sit down with Oren Peli and director Brad Parker, who revealed their production wasn't even allowed to visit the real city of Prypriat. Take a look at our exclusive interviews.Read More
Oren Peli discusses The River I recently attended an event for Paranormal Activity 3, which hits the shelves on Blu-ray and DVD January 24. Producer Oren Peli was in attendance, and he spoke briefly about his upcoming ABC series The River, which premieres Tuesday, February 7.
The River, which Oren Peli created with Michael R. Perry, follows a team documenting their rescue mission to save a lost TV personality in Amazon.Read More
Friday the 13th is a day that always has a special meaning for fans of the horror genre. Last week on that fateful day, I was invited to a tea party in Hollywood to celebrate the successful horror sequel Paranormal Activity 3, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD January 24. We were joined by producer Oren Peli, cast members Katie Featherston, Micah Sloat, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Chloe Csengery, and Jessica Brown to discuss the past, present, and future of this successful horror franchise. There was even a seat reserved at the table for the evil spirit Toby, although he didn't say much...
Paranormal Activity 3 hits the shelves on Blu-ray and DVD January 24.Read More
FilmNation Entertainment's Untitled Oren Peli Project commenced principal photography in Eastern Europe yesterday. The film is based on an original story by Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity, Insidious) who is also producing. Brad Parker is directing and Brian Witten (Dark City, Final Destination, Friday the 13th) is producing alongside Peli. Morten Søborg (In a Better World) has joined the production as cinematographer.
The film centers on a group of friends who become stranded in an eerie and desolate city. Abandoned years before in the aftermath of a nuclear disaster, nature has begun to reclaim everything. As the sun sets on this radioactive ghost town, inhuman cries cut through the night air. It seems they are not alone.Read More
We caught up with executive producer Oren Peli at Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming sequel, Paranormal Activity 3. Oren Peli confirms that a third installment of the popular franchise will be ready in time for Halloween this year. Take a look.
Paranormal Activity 3 was released October 21st, 2011.Read More
ABC is bringing one of its brand new shows, The River, to San Diego Comic-Con for the first time. Stars Joe Anderson and Eloise Mumford join executive producer Oren Peli in discussing this supernatural series, which debuts midseason on ABC. Click on our exclusive video interviews below to learn more about The River.
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It was announced earlier this month that Rob Zombie is set to make The Lords of Salem his next directorial feature. The witch-themed horror thriller will start shooting this spring, with Paranormal Activity's Jason Blum, Oren Peli, and Steven Schneider producing.
The Lords of Salem is based on a song from Rob Zombie's 2006 album Educated Horses, and it chronicles four witches from the 1692 Salem witch trial who are secretly burned at the stake, later arriving in present day Massachusetts to seek their revenge.Read More
As Unknown rolls into theaters this weekend, its director Jaume Collet-Serra has chosen his next project to be Red Circle, a remake of Jean-Pierre Melville's 1970 thriller Le Cercle Rouge.
Eastern Promises's Steven Knight will pen the screenplay, which will be a heist thriller set in Hong Kong. Jaume Collet-Serra is also set to direct Harker for Warner Bros., a potential franchise starter that follows vampire hunter Jonathan Harker as featured in the original novel Bram Stoker's Dracula.Read More