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Oren Peli (Hebrew: אורן פלאי‎; born January 21, 1970) is an Israeli American film director, producer and screenwriter, known for directing the 2007 film Paranormal Activity.[1]

Oren Peli
Born (1970-01-21) January 21, 1970 (age 49)
Ramat Gan, Israel
OccupationFilm director, producer, screenwriter
Years active2007–present
Known forParanormal Activity

Early lifeEdit

Peli was born in Israel and at age of 19 he relocated to the United States.[2]


Peli began as a computer software programmer, being one of the developers behind Photon Paint, a bitmap graphics program for the Amiga.[3] 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.[4]

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."[5]


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.[6][7][8]


Year Film Director Producer Writer Cinematographer Editor
2007 Paranormal Activity Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
2010 Paranormal Activity 2 No Yes No No No
2011 Insidious No Yes No No No
Paranormal Activity 3 No Yes No No No
2012 The River No Yes Yes No No
Chernobyl Diaries No Yes Yes No No
Paranormal Activity 4 No Yes No No No
The Bay No Yes No No No
2013 The Lords of Salem No Yes No No No
Insidious: Chapter 2 No Yes No No No
2014 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones No Yes No No No
2015 Area 51 Yes Yes Yes No No
Insidious: Chapter 3 No Yes No No No
Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension No Yes No No No
2018 Insidious: The Last Key No Yes No No No


  1. ^ "Oren Peli". The New York Times. Archived from the original on October 9, 2009. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  2. ^ Mandell, Lisa Johnson (October 8, 2018). "Horror Filmmaker Oren Peli Won't Have to Scare Up Buyers for His SoCal Mansion".
  3. ^ Spangler, Todd (August 2, 2017). "'Paranormal Activity' Creator Oren Peli's Next Project: A Social-Networking App for Event Hookups". Variety.
  4. ^ Hall, Peter (October 9, 2009). "Interview: Oren Peli, Writer-Director of 'Paranormal Activity'". Moviefone. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "Alcon to Release 'Chernobyl Diaries'". The Hollywood Reporter. February 14, 2012. Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  6. ^ "The Lords of Salem Synopsis – Plot Summary". Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  7. ^ "Area 51 Synopsis – Plot Summary". Retrieved December 5, 2012.
  8. ^ "Oren Peli Filmography". Retrieved December 5, 2012.

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