The Chernobyl Diaries is not this year's Toxic Avenger

In the so-so thriller The Chernobyl Diaries — which was co-produced and co-created by Paranormal Activity franchise magnate Oren Peli — a group of affably nondescript American twentysomethings go on an "extreme vacation" to Pripyat, Ukraine. Once there, everything goes predictably wackadoo. » 5/25/12 9:00am 5/25/12 9:00am

Oren Peli's Next Movie: Kids Trapped in Chernobyl... and it's Not Found…

The "found footage" horror genre shows no signs of slacking off — but one of its originators just took baby steps in a different direction. Oren Peli is producing (not directing) a new horror film called Chernobyl Diaries, in which a group of "extreme tourists" get trapped in the former nuclear accident site... and… » 3/16/12 1:40pm 3/16/12 1:40pm

Three reasons to watch The River tonight, and one reason not to

Produced by Steven Spielberg, and created by Paranormal Activity writer/director Oren Peli, new TV series The River boasts some pretty great credentials out of the gate. But can one-hit-wonder Peli, whose movie we loved, really handle a weekly horror series? We've seen the two-hour premiere of the show, which airs… » 2/07/12 2:52pm 2/07/12 2:52pm

The Power List: 23 Movers and Shakers in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Science fiction and fantasy devoured our hearts and minds in 2011. The year's hit movies, bestselling books and buzzed-about television shows were dominated by genre fare — and a handful of people played a key part in making it happen. » 12/27/11 12:37pm 12/27/11 12:37pm

The Biggest Winners and Losers of Comic-Con 2011

San Diego Comic Con is a mosh pit of tastemakers. A good showing at Comic Con can generate unstoppable buzz for a project, that can last for months. A weak showing can deal a devastating setback to a creator's dreams. » 7/25/11 1:31pm 7/25/11 1:31pm

Apollo 18 release date changes yet again — now it's coming this summer!

Apollo 18, the lunar "found footage" horror film, has changed its release date several times. Originally, it was set to come out in March 2011, to preempt the other "found footage" horror film Area 51. (Which was also delayed.) Then Apollo 18 kept getting pushed back further and further, until it had a release date of… » 5/02/11 5:43pm 5/02/11 5:43pm

Can you really make a Moon landing movie in just three months?

The race to cash in on the found footage movie craze has just hit a new peak of hysteria, as the Weinsteins are determined to film their Moon astronaut movie, Apollo 18, in time to release it in March. » 11/18/10 7:00am 11/18/10 7:00am

Would you really watch a weekly show in the style of Paranormal…

Paranormal Activity director Oren Peli and his collaborators are close to a deal with ABC to make a TV pilot in the same "spooky found footage" style. The River would focus on the search for a person who went missing on the Amazon. The Hollywood Reporter notes that ABC aggressively outbid NBC for the pilot, and the… » 9/02/10 2:55pm 9/02/10 2:55pm