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Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

R  |   |  Horror  |  21 October 2011 (USA)
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In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis (as Chris Smith)
Jessica Tyler Brown ...
Kristi (as Jessica Brown)
Hallie Foote ...
William Juan Prieto ...
Hunter (as William Prieto)
Jackson Xenia Prieto ...
Hunter (as Jackson Prieto)
Paitoon Cheng ...
Eddie Medrano ...


In 1988, in California, cinematographer Dennis moves to the house of his girlfriend Julie to raise a family with her daughters Katie and Kristi. Little Kristi has an imaginary friend named Toby while weird things happen in the house. Dennis decides to place cameras in the house to capture images during the night and soon he finds that there is an entity in the house. Dennis's friend Randy Rosen (Dustin Ingram) researches the events and learns that his house might be a coven of witches and the children may be in danger. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence, language, brief sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 October 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Actividad paranormal 3  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$52,568,183 (USA) (21 October 2011)


$104,007,828 (USA) (30 December 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The highest grossing film in the Paranormal Activity series. See more »


Throughout the film, Kristi carries around a stuffed killer whale. This is actually a stuffed version of Willy from the Free Willy series which was not produced until 1993. It is apparent due to the three black spots on the underside of the stuffed whale's chin. Paranormal Activity 3 is set in 1988 which would make it impossible for this toy to have existed. See more »


[first lines]
Daniel: [documenting behind the camera] You'll be spending a lot of time in here. This is gonna be your room. There's some kind of animal being de-liced or something. Compression chamber, that's your crib. It's hermetically sealed. And this is your paint color. What color is that, hon?
Adult Kristi: Jamaica bay blue.
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits, sound effects from the film can be heard. See more »


References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


Who Do You Love
Written by Rodney Saulsberry & Peter Brown
Performed by Rodney Saulsberry
Courtesy of Crucial Music Corporation
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The Demon Cometh
19 October 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am over thirty years old and I have seen a lot of horror films (including the first two Paranormal Activity films) and if you asked me what the scariest film I've ever seen is, I will search through my memory banks and pick out a film and say, "Well that was scary if that happened in real life." But not really putting the film in the same category as "hold your breath and walk out feeling drained because it scared the heck out of me" type of film. Finally, I was able to see a film that legitimately scared me, and it happens to be a third film in a franchise. Who says sequels are always bad?

The film is back to being a prequel, focusing on Katie and Kristi when they were little kids. They have a skeptic mom, and a dad who looks suspiciously like Micah from the first film. He's a videographer and he likes to record things all the time (like the first two movies) and after an earthquake erupts, he discovers that an invisible figure emerges from the dust. So naturally, he wants to keep recording to find out what it is, and what he discovers is that its an invisible friend named Tobi who has some connection with the little daughters.

Upon watching Paranormal Activity 3, it felt like there was a board meeting after the second film and they listened to all the bad-mouthing, spoofs, and also took in an account of what scared people (prepare for an homage of the kitchen scene of the second film) and culminated all of this together into an Alchemy Pot and born what could be the scariest film to date. The theater I saw it with was screaming at all the scary parts, especially when the demon terrorizes the little girls; all the way up to a tension filled ending that left many not wanting to look at the screen. The filmmakers knew how to use timing and tension to generate the scares, and that's really the fun of these movies. It's the tension building and the creative payoff on what they provide for scares. My friend said it best where she said, "It was like a roller coaster ride that I couldn't get out of." It's really that intense.

The only thing that sucks is that some of good parts in all the trailers didn't make it to the final cut. I'm hoping for an extended release on the DVD like they did with the last film because it will make it that much more exciting. Seriously, forget your complaints from the last two films and give this film a go. There is a lot of fun to be had, and it's a great way to celebrate Halloween this year.

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