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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

November 30, 2009 at 3:14 PM

New horror film from “Paranormal Activity” director

I still haven’t gotten to “Paranormal Activity,” though I know I should; it just sounds like it’ll either freak me out or disappoint. Here’s news today, though, about director Oren Peli’s follow-up: “Area 51,” a thriller in which a trio of kids sneak into a government facility that may or may not contain alien life forms, was bought by Paramount after weeks of negotiation. The studio, which has taken in more than $107 million for “Paranormal Activity” (which famously cost about $15,000 to make), bought the new film without seeing a single frame of footage. Peli has just finished shooting the new film, which has a comparatively high budget of $5 million, in Utah.
Maybe “Area 51,” which reportedly cost Paramount $7.5 million to purchase, will be a horror classic, or at least an entertaining film. But six words (well, five words and a number) spring to my mind: “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.” Ouch. Time will tell.

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