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Oren Peli

Vote for San Francisco to Host Early Screenings of 'Paranormal Activity 3'

Sure, it's a shamelessly shrewd marketing ploy, the same kind Paramount rolled out so successfully four years ago in support of writer-director Oren Peli's original low-budget shocker about suburbanites terrorized by an invisible demon. But if you want Paranormal Activity 3 to premiere in San Francisco on Oct.

Investigating 'Paranormal Activity'

Most of the praise for Paranormal Activity seems centered on director Oren Peli’s achievement in making an effective thriller on an infinitesimal budget – $15,000, to be precise, though I doubt that includes whatever Paramount paid for its brilliant marketing campaign.

It’s a wonderful story, encouraging to indie filmmakers hoping for their own big break – Paranormal was stuck in cinematic purgatory until a print arrived at the desk of DreamWorks co-founder Steven Spielberg – but it speaks only in passing to the strength of the movie itself, which deserves a more muted celebration.

Trick or Treat: 'Saw VI' Revitalizes a Dying Franchise

Lionsgate Films declined to screen Saw VI for critics, but perhaps they should have. Despite employing the same media-blackout strategy for prior sequels to the 2004 original, time and an increasingly lackluster on-screen product seem to have finally caught up with the franchise. The latest installment has underperformed at theaters, where horror fans are embracing a fresher alternative, Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity.

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