Oren Peli on

The Blair Witch Project

Released 1999
Distributor Artisan Entertainment

The so-called “found footage” genre was spearheaded by the spurious likes of Mondo Cane and Cannibal Holocaust, but its most successful modern day incarnation was Daniel Myrick and Eduardo Sanchez’s groundbreaking phonomenon (the first to be widely marketed on the internet) which purported to be the video diary of student filmmakers who disappeared in Maryland while investigating a local legend. TFH welcomes its latest Guru Orin Peli, who tells us how this film influenced his current series of popular Paranormal Activity movies. The US trailer for this is quite brief so we’re linking to the longer international one, with Dutch subtitles.

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.