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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.[1]

Early life

Peli was born in Israel. At the age of 19, he relocated to the United States.[citation needed]


Peli began as a computer software programmer, being one of the developers behind Photon Paint, a bitmap graphics program for the Amiga.[citation needed] His first film Paranormal Activity was inspired by Peli moving into his first house alone and without family nearby. Peli would hear creaks and knocks in the night, which laid the groundwork for a film about a family running around with cameras trying to catch what was going on in the house.[2]

After the success of Paranormal Activity, Peli worked with James Wan and Leigh Whannell to develop Insidious. Peli also 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 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."[3]


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. Peli co-created the show with Michael R. Perry, who co-wrote Paranormal Activity 2.


Peli is writer and director of Area 51, a story about three friends who want to discover the secrets of the fabled Area 51. Peli is also the producer of all films in the Paranormal Activity franchise and The Lords of Salem.[4][5][6]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Cinematographer Editor
2007 Paranormal Activity Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 No Yes No No No
Insidious No Yes No No No
2011 Paranormal Activity 3 No Yes No No No
2012 The River No Yes Yes No No
Paranormal Activity 4 No Yes No No No
The Lords of Salem No Yes No No No
Chernobyl Diaries No Yes Yes No No
The Bay No Yes No No No
2013 Insidious: Chapter 2 No Yes No No No
2014 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones No Yes No No No
2015 Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension No Yes No No No
Insidious: Chapter 3 No Yes No No No
Area 51 Yes No Yes Yes No
2017 Insidious: Chapter 4 No Yes No No No


  1. ^ "The New York Times". Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  2. ^ Hall, Peter (October 9, 2009). "Interview: Oren Peli, Writer-Director of 'Paranormal Activity' – The Moviefone Blog". Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Alcon to Release 'Chernobyl Diaries'". Hollywood Reporter. February 14, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Lords of Salem Synopsis – Plot Summary". Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Area 51 Synopsis – Plot Summary". Retrieved December 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Oren Peli Filmography". Retrieved December 5, 2012.