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The Andromeda Strain

Released 1971
Distributor Universal

A small town in New Mexico is decimated by an alien organism in Robert Wise’s The Andromeda Strain, based on the first book by Michael Crichton (Westworld, Jurassic Park) to be brought to the screen. Though Wise’s film was advertised as a wall-to-wall nail-biter (“The suspense will last a lifetime!”) the movie is largely inert with a buttoned-down cast (including Arthur Hill and David Wayne) that only adds to the general lethargy. The comparatively mild scenes of violence and nudity caused some to question the film’s “G” rating in 1971.

About Oren Peli

A native of Israel, Oren Peli came to the U.S. at the age of 19. Back home, he had dropped out of high school at age 16 to write a highly successful paint and animation software, then became a full-time software designer, using his skills to create animation programs and, ultimately, game software. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, which he wrote, directed and produced, was his first film. Since then, he produced the hit sequels PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, 3, and 4, and INSIDIOUS 1 and 2. He is also the producer of the horror film THE BAY, from director Barry Levinson, and LORDS OF SALEM by writer/director Rob Zombie. He was the co-creator and executive producer of the ABC Show THE RIVER, from executive producer Steven Spielberg, and producer/writer of the movie CHERNOBYL DIARIES.