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November 26th, 2014

Paranormal Activity 3 Plot, Paranormal Activity 2 Discussion

Paranormal Activity 3 Plot, Paranormal Activity 2 DiscussionPARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 opened on Friday and drew record numbers for an R rated horror movie, and was received well amongst fans of the first film. Needless to say with over $40 million grossed at the box office in its first weekend of release and a budget under $3 million, and more to come with Halloween coming up this weekend (even though Saw 3D opens on Friday), Paramount is seriously considering a third installment to the found footage chillers. So that leaves fans of the films wondering what exactly they might have in mind to continue the story. I have had a few different discussions with friends and family over the possibility of a third film with only one that seemingly made sense due to the direction of the sequel. This will serve as a look into the first two films, before I put in my two cents on a possible direction for the third. I will discuss elements to the endings of both the first and second film, so expect some HEAVY spoilers to follow, so do yourself a favor and head out to the theaters this week and this weekend before Halloween to check it out before you read on for the spoiler talk.

The first film, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, dealt exclusively with a young couple, Katie and Micah as they struggled to deal with strange events happening in their home while they slept. Things got worse when Micah played around with a Ouija board and taunted the demon that was tormenting them. Katie slowly began being controlled by the demon and eventually the events culminate when she awakes in the middle of the night and walks slowly downstairs and screams at the top of her lungs waking up Micah who runs down to try and help her; there’s a short scuffle and the screaming of both Micah and Katie stop. Shortly after you hear heavy footsteps on the steps followed by a prolonged silence before Katie hurls Micah’s lifeless body at the stationary camera Micah had been using to record the events going on. The ending then shows that Katie’s whereabouts remained unknown.

The sequel, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, follows a family consisting of Kristi, Dan (I think) and Ali (Dan’s daughter from a previous marriage), welcoming home Kristi and Dan’s newborn, Hunter. They return home one day to find their house completely torn apart, but with nothing actually stolen from the residence. Dan then hires a crew to install a series of security cameras in order to capture any perpetrator in the act, as well as a handheld camera they use to capture their day to day conversations. We soon learn that Kristi is the sister of Katie (from the first film) and the events we are watching take place 60 days before the events that lead to Micah’s death. Kristi and Katie discuss events from their past involving weird events from when they were kids and that Kristi should just try to ignore what is happening because she believes the force feeds off of fear. Ali does the unthinkable one night and fools around with a Ouija board with her boyfriend, in which, after an immature joke by her boyfriend, the demon communicates to them that what he is after is Hunter, the family’s newborn. Ali researches that there is a form of demon that stalks the members of a family who may have bargained for personal gain or financial wealth and will do so until it collects the first newborn male born after the bargain. After a frightening attack on Kristi, Dan and Ali find that it is possible to transfer the demon to someone else but it has to be a blood relative, leading him to transfer their misfortune to Katie using a crucifix and a photo that he burns (which is a callback to a picture found by Micah in their attic in the first film). It all seems to go as planned, but Ali neglected mention that the demon the demon they are dealing with explicitly spelled out its intentions for Hunter and could have easily been evident had they looked at previous camera footage. The film cuts to a new timeline that takes place AFTER the events of the first film and Micah’s murder. Dan is relaxing on the couch and Kati is standing in blood covered clothes behind him. Katie sneaks up behind him and easily snaps Dan’s neck killing him and starts walking slowly toward the stairs. Kristi is upstairs holding Hunter and notices Kati walking quickly towards her before Katie violently attacks Kristi knocking her against the camera, supposedly killing her. Kati then bends down and picks up Hunter and walks out of the room. The last frame explains that Ali was out of town on a trip and that Katie and Hunter’s whereabouts remain unknown.

It was actually pretty disappointing that the sequel took the same climax rout as the first. Many people complained about the Hollywood-like ending and with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, its likely many of the same complaints are being voiced all over the internet. In my review [Paranormal Activity 2 Review] I stated that I felt this sequel was actually scarier and improved in several ways to the first film. It’s one of those rare sequels that actually compliments its predecessor extremely well and makes the events in that first film scarier and even tragic, knowing that Katie’s own family were to blame for the horror they went through, and makes Dan, from the sequel, almost as unlikeable as the demon terrorizing them. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 is actually very funny as well; Dan is the source of many of the laughs, as he is constantly sending out one liners and pulling pranks on his family that’s on edge. The horror that comes from the second film is even more terrifying because of the nature of what’s at stake here in the sequel. The addition of an innocent toddler makes things very intense, as well as an extremely sensitive German Sheppard looking to protect the family. Both films resort to jump scares, but they are the kind that actually makes the quiet moments all the more terrifying. They are done in such a way that make the film unpredictable and predictable at the same time, meaning that you know something is going to happen, but you have no idea when or where. A perfect example lies in a simple moment where Kristi sits down in the kitchen to read the paper and all of a sudden all the cupboards and drawers fly open, obviously sending Kristi into a very frightened state of mind, but also catching the audience off guard because it’s far too quiet and you know a jolt is coming but you don’t know where on screen to look. The first film started the trend and the sequel just sends it up a notch, while also doubling the quiet moments and scenes were literally nothing is happening. As movie watchers we know it’s not normal to have so little happening on screen, but to me that is the brilliance of a film like this, using out preconceptions of film against us and putting us on edge.

So here we are now, with Paramount almost assuredly gearing up for a third film and fans will wait patiently (and impatiently) for plot details to find their way online. It’s likely that when the film goes into production it will see a release date around this time next year. As I mentioned before, I’ve had several discussions with other people about where they could possibly go from here, one of which making the most sense to me. I had several other vague ideas, but none of them seemed quite as plausible, but I will outline a couple of them.

The idea that seemed to make the most sense to me, due to how the second film unfolded, was that the third film would go back even farther and chronicle the events that Katie and Kristi experienced when they were younger and possibly uncovering what caused their family to be burdened by the demon in the first place. It is possible to also expand on the events and fast forward to the current timeline with Katie possibly coming to after being possessed by the demon realizing what has happened and hiding out somehow, still being tormented viciously by the demon. However, now that it is in possession of Hunter you could argue that it is possible the demon has already claimed Hunter’s soul, but that just seems too sinister to handle for today’s sensitive American audiences. It could also follow Ali as she looks into the whereabouts of her aunt Katie and her stepbrother Hunter, but would there be enough substance and scares to sustain the tone of a PARANORMAL ACTIVITY film.

One of the goofier ideas that crossed my mind, that I don’t think is even a legitimate plot to consider, is that PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, shows the arrest of Katie and then follows security footage of the crazy things that go on in a women’s prison with a demon on the loose to torment several cells worth of incarcerated women. Of course this idea seems to have the most potential for unintentional laughs and loads of irrational women scared to death and screaming simultaneously, which could really spell death for the series.

At this point it seems most likely the events will somehow involve Katie, Hunter and Ali. It does still remain a possibility that it could show the early years of paranormal events happening to Kristi and Katie, but only time will tell. It’s likely that even when the film gets greenlit and goes into production that the plot details will remain under wraps well up until the time of release and even then it could still contain some unknown details kept secret, much like Katie and Micah’s appearances in PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2. Either way, with as much as I loved both the first two films, regardless of the final product I will most likely be present and accounted for when PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 hits theaters.




27 Comments


  1. New unseen leaked footage from the movie studio
    watch it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRXi1nDBP-w


    • Taylor Bridges

      to tell you the truth, an honest to go great thrid movie would be to go bak to katie and her sisters child hood! this is the whole thing leading up to what happened in the first and seond film, so since this series has took a backwards turn, showing the events from last to 1st, go ahead and go bak to their child hood, and show what happened to them!!


      • Movie_horror_king

        Yes they r doing that excpet we already know the basic story of there lives as a child so y just c what we already know. We know That Katie had a demon shadow over her bed and we know that there was a fire whats else to tell????


  2. Pallares09

    Regarding the sequel to part 2, what if, bare with me, they found katie and the child? Take the child to Ali, where she moves in with Martine or a possible relative of hers…They take katie to a mental institute. Ali would record stuff at her house while security would keep an eye out on Katie…

    Now, Ali mentions her “mom” to Dan during part two. What if good spirits start to fight off bad spirits? Sounds like a long shot but hey you never know…


    • River_99Sabastion

      That is exactley what I hope they do! Bcoz Im not gonna be interested in Katie and Kristis childhood. Im REALLY hoping they do everything u just said.


  3. Lisa-marie_86

    That sounds pretty cool. I loved the second film, however i thought they could have extended the ending of the film, that all seemed to happen too quickley. I dont really like the idea that this demon was conjured to have a deal made with and now it is after the first born male, i think if they do make a third one they scrap that idea and make things a little more simple like the demon is just a vengful spirit.


  4. brendan

    one problem i had with the second film was how short a span Kristi was possessed and how if they had transferred the demon to Katie why didn’t it immediately go and posses her instead of slowly building? like it did already another thing is i know their were three endings but the first on the one i saw first was Katie getting shot by police witch wouldn’t fit her coming back to kill the family and 2 things that annoyed me the whole movie first off check the tapes and see what the hell happened i mean that’s what they are there for also lack of realism no for most of the movie but for what they do like how Ali gets locked out but the supposed demon ad just try to go back in she dose not go to neighbors to call her parents or if you hear a bang on the door such as front door u don’t open it if you don’t see them or the band on her room door and when she hears something downstairs she dose not get her parents she just runs to it also if all my cabinets whooshed open i would get out of their and tell someone what was going on and figure out what to do. and my opinion on paranormal activity 3 is that if they do have on it should be kind of like they original except with Ali and her boyfriend living together but constantly being tormented by Katie and how she let her stepbrother be taken like possibly seeing hunters face in her dreams or mirrors and having Katie appear in windows and such


    • FOSICK

      that would be gay.


    • Nay

      i reckon the 3rd should show katie with hunter in her house were she murdered micha, just standing there with hunter for like a day or so someone say like ali goes to katie and micha’s after discovering the bodies of dan n kristi she see’s katie with hunter n sneaks to the phone calls the poilce, the police come somehow get hunter off katie n stick katie in a mental home or a prison, n lett her torment her cell mates n let the demon mess around in a place like that before katie breaking out useing super demon strengh or sumat (all this of course is being caught by security camera’s) she finds hunter again…but then im stuck i cant imagine a big black hole or sumat opening to hell n the demon jumping down it wi hunter thats going too far i cant figure out what katie/demon would do with hunter obv the demon wants his soul but i cant imagine in the way the films shot how he’s get it or the demon posses hunter or sumat i dunno but i cant wait to see the 3rd


  5. Lilpunk1015

    What had happend to the daughter ali when she came home and found the dead bodies?
    What happend to Ali’s mother when she died (NOT KRISTI)
    And what happend to Kristi when she was drug down to the base ment?


  6. Thinker

    ambot lang……….


  7. ditzywoo

    Hunter would be Ali’s half-brother, not step-brother, since they share the same father.


  8. Matt Webb

    hey guys.
    i thought i’d write some things that i thought where right
    firstly i doubt that it was their grandmother that made the deal with the demon
    it was most likely there mother as you hear them talking saying stuff like
    you remember what happoned to mom?
    in the 2nd movie
    this would emply that the 3rd movie will follow the story of either the two of them when they where young or even their mother before they where born making the deal. or a mix of the two.
    i’ve herd some ideas that it may be based on their great grandmothers story in like the 50’s???
    this idea is totally crazy as their wasnt high tech portable video camera’s in the 50’s
    as soon as i finnished watching paranomal activity 2 i thought they should follow ali getting haunted when she gets older and moves in with her bloke, (brad was it?)
    theres no way they would make it her looking for her auntie and stepbrother, it wouldnt work with the style of the other two movies.
    the way i see it the most plauseable idea (and for me) the most interesting idea would be uncovering the bast behind what happoned with there mother.
    but feel free to speculate.


  9. Matt Webb

    hey guys.
    i thought i’d write some things that i thought where right
    firstly i doubt that it was their grandmother that made the deal with the demon
    it was most likely there mother as you hear them talking saying stuff like
    you remember what happoned to mom?
    in the 2nd movie
    this would emply that the 3rd movie will follow the story of either the two of them when they where young or even their mother before they where born making the deal. or a mix of the two.
    i’ve herd some ideas that it may be based on their great grandmothers story in like the 50’s???
    this idea is totally crazy as their wasnt high tech portable video camera’s in the 50’s
    as soon as i finnished watching paranomal activity 2 i thought they should follow ali getting haunted when she gets older and moves in with her bloke, (brad was it?)
    theres no way they would make it her looking for her auntie and stepbrother, it wouldnt work with the style of the other two movies.
    the way i see it the most plauseable idea (and for me) the most interesting idea would be uncovering the bast behind what happoned with there mother.
    but feel free to speculate.


  10. Megan McMullan

    MY idea for the third movie would be:
    Katie has taken Hunter but before the demon can take his soul (or whatever it was going to do with the boy), Katie/the demon is found by the police (probably in some woods somewhere in the process of some demonic ritual). Katie is arrested (where she then becomes unposessed) and Hunter is taken and put into foster care where he is adopted. Fast forward ten years or so, Hunter is a young teen and of course, the demon tries to come back for him. As Hunter and his adopted family are trying to figure out what’s going on, Hunter’s adopted parents decide to look closer into Hunter’s family’s past. This is where we learn more about Katie and Chris’s childhoods, and even how this curse began with their great-grandmother. (I would like to see something about how one of the women in the family DID have a son at some point, but killed him in order to save his soul from the demon). This plot would allow the movie to go forward with the present state of Hunter and his family, it could also include Katie and how she is in jail for things she doesn’t even remember doing, and it would also shed some light onto the past, and how everything began.
    Just a thought.


    • Piercedmousie

      I like most of that idea…. I wouldn’t necessarily have Katie “unpossesed” because you can’t just take a demon out of someone by putting them in jail. Maybe have the demon sit and fester his anger a little more during those ten years that Hunter is growing up. Then can start the whole thing over again, basically. Hunter and his new family start experiencing odd things and start documenting it after they find and speak to Ali and she tells them the story of what happened at her house ten years earlier (and also about Katie and Micah). I might go ahead and keep the idea of the family investigating the possible Grandmother aspect and how things began. Just a possiblity :)


      • Johnsontx57

        Could work for the most part..but I would like to see it more as this is going to be the FINAL one..so maybe cut the time span to 5 years in order to keep the story more in the present. Maybe have Hunter and Ali move in with other blood relatives? I like how the story revolves around the family. And call
        it old fashion, but I would like it for it to be an ultimate showdown of good vs evil. But as for the “demon” siting in jail..not plausible if you truly think about it. It can snap necks with just
        a snap..so don’t see how handcuffs would stop it.


    • Chick4jesus1987

      that would be a great plot! i never thought of something like that


  11. Sandwich Repairman

    Well it seemed like Katie just appeared in the house at the end of 2 (they put emphasis on the fact that the door wasn’t opened), like she’s been taken by the demon and is like a demony-ghost thing (partly corporeal of course, duh) and she seemed keen to kill everyone in the house, so i’d say she’d want to kill ali too. Maybe in the next one it’s after her? Cause them demons don’t leave no loose ends


  12. Jackhoulden

    i think that this film is the best movie so far and cant wait till the new ones out


  13. Sue

    I think they should show the grandmother having a seance and making a deall with the demon then. I also think that she quiet possibly had a boy and killed it to protect it from being possessed. I think Katies mom would of known what happened and probably aborted boys if she was pregnant with them. It should show Katies mum being taken to a mental assylum and then move forward into the future and follow Alli still searching for her half brother finally finding him with some trust worthy psychic believers and trying to get him back and get rid of the demon. 


  14. Sallycrimsonmassey

    I think it will have to do with K & K’s mother. Katie warns Kristi ” you don’t want to end up like mom.” what happened to HER?


  15. Movie_horror_king

    During the second film Ali said ‘Mabey Kristies mum made a deal with a demon to get rich’ It could be about exacly that


  16. Movie_horror_king

    My perfict plot for the third movie would be To follow Ali. The Paranormal Activity series will have to end eventally so i think a good way to begin to wrap it up would be to put Ali in a situation where she has to murder Hunter who has now been possessed. It both starts to wrap up the series and it also scary because Ali has to kill her brother


  17. Josh kon

    How about having Ali film her journey to try and find Katie and Hunter but she to do so she needs to watch footage from Katie’s past that leads her to certain areas. It is a way to keep the storyline going forwards and backwards.


  18. Movie_horror_king

    Yess Now that the tralier is relesed ur guess seems much more likely than mine. But I do have a new theroy in the trailer 4 PA3 u c a glimpse of an unknowen woman burning a photo of Katie. That is what Daniel did in PA2. I think that woman was there mother what if the secret behind the activity is that Katies mother gave the demon to Katie and that is what started it all   


  19. Ben

    HOLD ON EVERYONE LISTEN  UPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I watched the trailer and it said ‘descover the secret behind the Activity. IN the trailer for PA3 if u watch very carefully u see a glimpas of a woman burning a photo of Katie whitch is exacly what Daniel did in PA2 when he was transfering the demon to Katie. I think that woman is there mother. because in PA2 Katie said ‘Kristie you need to leave this alone or you are going to end up just like mum’ Mabey the demon originally was attracted to there mum but there mum gave it too Katie??? Another evidence supporting that is in PA1 Katie told the phycic about the shadow that stood over her bed and never Kristies and that is because there mum gave the demon to Katie and not Kristie   



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