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January 21, 1970 |
Ramat Gan, Israel
|Occupation||Film director, producer, screenwriter|
|Known for||Paranormal Activity|
Oren Peli (Hebrew: אורן פלאי; born January 21, 1970) is an Israeli American film director, producer and screenwriter, known as the director of Paranormal Activity. He is also a video game programmer. In 2009, his film debut Paranormal Activity was released, with inspiration from The Blair Witch Project. Despite a $15,000 budget, he managed to turn the low budget horror film into a box-office hit.
Peli was born in Israel. When he reached the age of 19, he relocated to the United States. He was an intensive student of animation and graphic design. Peli is not only a film director but is also a screenwriter.
Peli started out as a computer software programmer and his first movie was Paranormal Activity. He took a stab at directing, aware of how to utilize filmmaking technology and confident that he could direct a movie that dealt a lot with technology.
Peli moved into his first house all alone and without family nearby. Peli would hear creaks and knocks without having anyone around and it gave him the idea to make a movie about the weird noises you may hear in your home. Paranormal Activity came about with the idea that someone would have cameras running all over a house while the family slept to catch what was going on at night in the house.
After the success of Paranormal Activity, Peli began to play with the idea of doing similar low-budget horror films in order to capture audiences in a new and unique way. Peli was stuck on the idea of doing films in an "old-style" way. Peli and his production team approached director James Wan and writer Leigh Whannell with their idea; it only took five months for Peli and his collective team to get the film rolling. While Insidious was not shot in the characteristic Blair Witch-style, it incorporated some classic suspense elements from the earlier eras of horror films. Peli was mostly present in the post-production of this film, having handed over full creative control to Wan and Whannell; his formula of low-budget meets classic horror once again hit box offices with a strong positive response from audiences.
Peli produced and wrote the 2012 horror film, Chernobyl Diaries, based on the Chernobyl disaster and on his story The Diary of Lawson Oxford. The film was released through Alcon Entertainment on May 25, 2012. The film followed "a group of friends who, while vacationing in Europe, find themselves stranded in the abandoned city of Prypiat, Ukraine only to discover that they are not alone."
In 2012, The River premiered on ABC, a paranormal/action/horror television series about a group of people on a mission to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon. Oren Peli co-created the show with Michael R. Perry who co-wrote Paranormal Activity 2.
Peli is working on The Lords of Salem and Area 51. He is the screenwriter and director of Area 51, a story about three friends who want to discover the secrets of the fabled Area 51. The Lords of Salem, written and directed by Rob Zombie, is set in the town of Salem, MA as it is terrorized by a coven of witches. Another project of Oren Peli is Paranormal Activity 5, the fifth installment in the Paranormal Activity franchise.
|2010||Paranormal Activity 2||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|2011||Paranormal Activity 3||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Paranormal Activity 4||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|Lords of Salem||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|2013||Insidious: Chapter 2||No||Yes||No||No||No|
|2014||Paranormal Activity 5||No||Yes||No||No||No|
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