Risen and Revisited: Area 51 (2015)

Hey there, Creepy Peeps! It’s time to resurrect another old review! Today, I went back and revisited Area 51 (Oren Peli, 2015), so I will leave my original review right here if you want to watch:

Originally, I did not like the movie at all. In case you didn’t watch the video, I mentioned I am not a fan of found footage as a whole. I really only like two found footage horror movies and that’s it, incidentally, one of those two was also directed by Oren Peli – hint, hint. I also am not always a fan of alien movies; I think they can go hokey really quick, so, once again, I only really like a very small handful of alien movies. Basically, Area 51, being an alien found footage film, had like a 2% chance of being good, at least for me.

On my first watch, I didn’t think the characters reasons for going to Area 51 were compelling enough and neither were the characters, so I didn’t care what they did or what happened to them. I also thought the ending with – spoiler alert – the characters getting abducted into a flying saucer. And yes, it is a flying saucer, like straight out of Plan 9 from Outer Space (Ed Wood, 1959). Only it wasn’t funny or charming like in Plan 9 from Outer Space.


This time around I still hated it. Yeah, the only thing that maybe improved for me is that I didn’t find the characters as annoying this time around. I do still think, however, that they’re reasons for going to Area 51 are not compelling enough. Particularly Reid (Reid Warner) who gets abducted – just speculating because we never find out – at the beginning of the movie and then becomes obsessed with Area 51. And that’s about it. Frankly, Peli doesn’t even explain why this happens to Reid in the first place. The movie starts out with Reid, Darrin (Darrin Bragg) and Ben (Ben Rovner) at a party, and then the lights cut out while Reid is doing Karaoke and he disappears. Darrin and Ben find him dazed and confused out on the road when they are driving home. And that’s all you get, Reid doesn’t remember what happened, we don’t get to see what happened, and we just accept that he’s obsessed with Area 51 and that’s our only driving force behind the plot.


That was a bit of a rant. Sorry. I just feel like Peli was trying to duplicate his success with Paranormal Activity – one of the two found footage horror films I like – here and it just didn’t pan out. The ending of Area 51 still sucks, the flying saucer thing still sucks and I still hate this movie.

I guess I will stop now! That seems like enough ranting for one post! I will leave an Amazon Affiliate link to the movie if you want to check it out for yourself:

Area 51
Starring Reid Warner, Darrin Bragg, Ben Rovner, Jelena Nik