The DLB recently sat down with Oren Peli, the director of the first Paranormal Activity movie and producer of the upcoming horror film Chernobyl Diaries about a group of tourists visiting the site of the 1986 Ukrainian nuclear disaster. Here Peli talks about his memories of Chernobyl, working with first-time director Brad Parker, and scary Serbian secret forces dogs.
What memories, if any, did you have about the Chernobyl Disaster when you were coming up with the story idea?
I was 16 when it happened, and the main thing was there was so much confusion and misinformation about what happened. I remember that the Soviet government didn’t actually admit that anything was going on. I think it was either a Norwegian or Swedish scientist who noticed this big radiation cloud over Europe, and wondered what the hell was going on. And finally they did admit it, I think, two or three days after the fact. ‘Well, it was the weekend. We didn’t want to bother anyone during the weekend.’ All these weird excuses.