Paranormal Activity House Sold, Ghosts Not Included

The San Diego, Calif., home once owned by filmmaker Oren Peli — who famously used it as the set for his low-budget, blockbuster-earning, sequel-spawning Paranormal Activity — was quickly snapped up for $749,000 after going on the market January 21st. » 2/02/15 10:20am 2/02/15 10:20am

TWO "found footage" movies about time travel in the pipeline

We've had a slew of "found footage" horror movies lately, along with the superhero film Chronicle and the space movies Apollo 18 and Europa Report. So what's next? Apparently, "found footage" time travel movies. » 5/16/13 2:32pm 5/16/13 2:32pm

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

Is Chernobyl Diaries just the Ukrainian version of Hills Have Eyes?

Paranormal Activity's Oren Peli is venturing out of strict "found footage" horror with his new movie Chernobyl Diaries. But how scary is this movie actually going to be, in practice? Find out for yourself. » 5/11/12 1:33pm 5/11/12 1:33pm

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

Secrets of Insidious: How To Make A Low Budget Horror Movie That…

What's really frightening about Insidious was how little it cost to make this rather large film, only $800,000. How can you make a movie this scary on such a tiny budget? We asked, and the Insidious crew answered. » 3/31/11 4:38pm 3/31/11 4:38pm

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

The Next "Paranormal Activity" Includes Aliens And Ray Guns

Since Paranormal Activity did so well, Hollywood is demanding the return of the mockumentary movie, as if The Fourth Kind wasn't enough. And the details to Oren Peli's next mockumentary project Area 51 are leaking out. Check it out. » 11/11/09 11:48am 11/11/09 11:48am

"Paranormal Activity" Is As Scary As Real Life

At the theater where I watched a preview of Paranormal Activity last night, somebody ran out of the auditorium and threw up. It was that scary. And the most terrifying part isn't what's "paranormal" - it's the normal, everyday realism. » 10/08/09 4:36pm 10/08/09 4:36pm