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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 04.23.15] horror

Before writer/director Oren Peli started writing sequels to his breakout hit Paranormal Activity and producing all sorts of found footage movies, he wrote and directed Area 51. The found footage thriller about a group of conspiracy buffs breaking into the infamous Area 51 in search of what the government is hiding, was picked up by Paramount more than five years ago but never released. Until now.

I guess the studio finally remembered that it had this on some hard drive somewhere and that it was about time it saw the light of day. Weird since there doesn't appear to be any rhyme or reason as to why the studio would hold on to it for so long; it certainly doesn't look any worse than your average found footage thriller. If anything, some of the effects in this one look pretty snazzy.

Area 51 will play theatrically between May 15 to 17 in 16 Alamo Drafthouse locations and roll out day-and-date on VOD.

Recommended Release: Paranormal Activity

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Michael (5 years ago) Reply

I can see why this has been sitting on the shelf for six years.


LurkerKurt (5 years ago) Reply

As was said above, it looks no better or worse than any other found footage movie.

I myself am a sucker for found footage movies and plan to see this.


Duh (5 years ago) Reply

It's end-to-end cliches, but it looks like it might have been done well enough to work.


shocbomb (5 years ago) Reply

ah it actually looks alright not that bad, I will end up watching it one night order it on demand around 2am when I am wide awake and not nothing better to do and got no work the next day

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