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Ultimate Facts: Paranormal Activity Films

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– Paranormal Activity 3 was released on October 21, 2011.

– Runtime: 84 minutes.

– Produced by Blumhouse Productions.

– Directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.

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– Paranormal Activity 3 made $207 million on a budget of $5 million dollars.

– The highest grossing film in the Paranormal Activity series.

– At the time, Paranormal Activity 3 set a new record for a midnight release of a horror film making $8 million and the best opening day for a horror movie in the US with $26.2 million dollars.

– The film takes place in September 1988, with certain dates highlighted graphically. One highlighted date is 9/10/88, but then the events skip ahead past 9/11, a storytelling decision that was very important to the filmmakers. “Out of respect,” Joost said. “Never gonna do that.”

– Paranormal Activity 3 stars Chloe Csengery as Katie, Jessica Tyler Brown as Kristi, Lauren Bitter as Julie, Christopher Nicholas Smith as Dennis, Hallie Foote as Grandma Lois Katie Featherston as Adult Katie, and Sprague Grayden as Adult Kristi. 

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– Csengery and Brown watched The Last Unicorn as research for the film.

– Chloe Csengery and Jessica Tyler Brown were not allowed the previous films in the series before beginning work on Paranormal Activity 3.

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– Like Paranormal Activity 2, many of the scenes in the trailer are not in the actual movie which angered many fans of the series.

– Some of these missing scenes are clips of the girls house on fire, a female ghost appearing during the Bloody Mary game, and a visiting demonologist being attacked by, “Toby” the demon.

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– Kristi names the demon “Toby”, though it’s real name has never been revealed.

– The camera seen on screen during most of the film is actually a tiny Hi-Def camera hidden inside the body of a VHS camcorder; for the first few weeks of shooting Smith did not have a viewfinder to see what his footage would look like.

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– The house used in the film had very little done to it to make it appear to be from he 1980’s. While scouting for locations the house they found was already very 80’s in style according to director Henry Joost.

– The scene with Kristi’s loose tooth was real. “Little girl shows up on set and says that she’s got a loose tooth,” Schulman said. “We say, ‘Film it, work it into the scene.’ Can’t fake that.”

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– Towards the beginning of the film, Julie takes a picture of young Katie standing in the driveway shortly before a group picture is taken. The photo being taken appears in both Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2 as an indication that the demon has started haunting them.

– Produced under the name “Sports Camp”.

– The symbols that appear behind the pictures in Grandma Lois’s house are simplified versions of the Pentagram of Solomon (inverted) and the Triangle of Solomon, symbols depicted in the “Lesser Key of Solomon” and used to summon and constrain demons in classical Gothic Theurgy.

– Mark Fredrichs previous played the Psychic in the first Paranormal Activity, which took place nearly two decades after the events in this film.


– As with Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2, Paramount Studios once again utilized paranormal investigator/researcher, Christopher Chacon, who is recognized as one of the world’s foremost authorities on paranormal phenomena, to internationally promote and publicize this third installment. Chacon also works in the entertainment industry as a writer, director and producer.

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– In the static at the end of the movie, there is a frame that shows Dennis’ and Julie’s bed on fire. This is presumably the start of the house fire that is referred to in both Paranormal Activity and Paranormal Activity 2.

– Despite the house burning down, the video tapes made by Dennis seem to have survived as Katie delivers them in a box to Kristi at the beginning of Paranormal Activity 3. Also in the box are a set of tapes from 1992.

– Body Count: 3 (Grandma is implied dead in present time, 2005)

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