Area 51 is a 2014 American science-fiction horror film, written and directed by Oren Peli, the director of Paranormal Activity (2007) and starring Benjamin Rovner, Reid Warner and Darrin Bragg.
Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, the government’s secret location rumoured to have hosted encounters with alien beings. What they find at this hidden facility exposes unimaginable secrets…
The film has had a troubled history. Production began in the fall of 2009. In April 2011 CBS Films hired director and actor Chris Denham to do some rewrites on Area 51. Peli filmed re-shoots in 2013. In August 2013, Jason Blum stated that film had finished production and that Peli was “tinkering” with the film in post production. On March 14, 2015, Blum confirmed that the film was officially completed and would perhaps be released on VOD. Finally, on April 23, 2015 it was announced the film would open exclusively in Alamo Drafthouse theaters and through video on demand platforms on May 15, 2015.
The budget for Area 51 is reported to be $5 million.