Oren Peli


Paranormal Activity was made for a mere $11,000 and shot entirely in the auteur’s suburban home. The film spawned a franchise that has pulled in approximately $577 million worldwide at the box office alone. According to Paramount, Paranormal Activity is probably the most profitable film ever.


Shortly after the massive success of Paranormal Activity, writer/director Oren Peli enter production on a found-footage alien flick, Area 51, in 2009. There were several re-shoots and re-edits, then… nothing.

After years of silence, Paramount and Blumhouse are finally releasing the film on VOD on May 15. It will also be playing in Alamo Drafthouse theaters the same day.

The long delay isn’t exactly encouraging, but that doesn’t always mean the movie is bad (case in point: The Cabin in the Woods). I’m certainly curious to see if Peli is more than a one-hit wonder.

Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, the government’s top secret location rumored to have hosted encounters with alien beings. What they find at this hidden facility exposes horrifying, unimaginable secrets. Now you can experience their harrowing adventure in this footage pieced together from documentation of these chilling events.