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Paranormal Activity 3 -- In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.
Paranormal Activity 3 -- An early look at the haunting of Katie and her family.
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Writers:
Christopher Landon (written by)
Oren Peli (film "Paranormal Activity")
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Release Date:
21 October 2011 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It Runs In The Family See more »
Plot:
In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
It Runs In The Family See more (309 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Directed by
Henry Joost 
Ariel Schulman 
 
Writing credits
Christopher Landon (written by)

Oren Peli (film "Paranormal Activity")

Produced by
Jason Blum .... producer
Jeanette Brill .... co-producer (as Jeanette Volturno-Brill)
Akiva Goldsman .... executive producer
Christopher Landon .... co-producer
Oren Peli .... producer
Gregory Plotkin .... co-producer
Steven Schneider .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Magdalena Górka 
 
Film Editing by
Gregory Plotkin 
 
Casting by
Terri Taylor 
 
Production Design by
Jennifer Spence 
 
Art Direction by
David Batchelor Wilson  (as David Wilson)
 
Set Decoration by
Kelly Berry 
 
Costume Design by
Leah Butler 
 
Makeup Department
Kymber Blake .... makeup department head
Paula Jane Hamilton .... key makeup artist
Renee J. Vaca .... department head hair stylist (as Rene Vaca)
Robert Hall .... special makeup designer: Almost Human Inc (uncredited)
Dalton Kutsch .... special makeup fx technician: Almost Human Inc. (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Rick Osako .... unit production manager (as Rick A. Osako)
Ralph Bertelle .... executive in charge of production (uncredited)
Richard Stirling .... post-production supervisor (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Moran .... first assistant director
Marc Newland .... second assistant director
Jaysene Overton .... second second assistant director
Matt Smith .... second second assistant director
James Moran .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Zachery Alexander .... property master
Rich Andrade .... lead person
Alan Barnett .... art department production assistant
Morgan Blackledge .... assistant property master
Darren Patnode .... set dresser
Isidoro Avila .... set dresser (uncredited)
Maxwell Britton .... set dresser (uncredited)
Niko Hovartos .... on set dresser (uncredited)
Larry J. White II .... gangboss (uncredited)
Erica Willis McCormick .... set decorations buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Paul Aulicino .... assistant supervising sound editor
Peter Brown .... supervising sound designer
Patrick Cusack .... field recordist
Robert Deschaine .... adr mixer
Joe Dzuban .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Flinchbaugh .... digital media assistant
Nerses Gezalyan .... foley mixer
Glynna Grimala .... adr supervisor
Greg Hayes .... mix technician
Gary A. Hecker .... supervising foley artist (as Gary Hecker)
Michael Hertlein .... dialogue editor
Daniel S. Irwin .... dialogue editor
Tim D. Lloyd .... boom operator (as Tim Lloyd)
Zsolt Magyar .... sound mixer
Craig Mann .... sound re-recording mixer
Margit Pfeiffer .... foley editor
Stephen P. Robinson .... sound designer
Paul Stevenson .... foley artist
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Richard Mercado .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Beauxregard Neylon .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Steve Schwartzberg .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Mark Gullesserian .... special effects foreman
Thomas Mertz .... special effects coordinator (as Tom Mertz)
Steve Newquist .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Ted Robinson .... special effects technician (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Brian Begun .... compositor: Hammerhead
Rob Blue .... compositor: Hammerhead
Timothy Michael Cairns .... compositor: Hammerhead (as Tim Cairns)
Daniel Chuba .... visual effects executive producer: Hammerhead (as Dan Chuba)
Caitlin Content .... compositor: Hammerhead
Mark A.Z. Dippé .... additional visual effects supervisor: Hammerhead (as Mark Dippe)
Jamie Dixon .... visual effects supervisor: Hammerhead
Michelle Eisenreich .... visual effects producer: Hammerhead
Brandon Gonzales .... matte painter: Hammerhead
Deborah Hiner .... rotoscope artist: Hammerhead
Robert Malina .... visual effects editor (as Rob Malina)
Daniel Mellitz .... compositing supervisor: Hammerhead
Candida Nunez .... tracking supervisor: Hammerhead
Angella Szynkowski .... i/o: Hammerhead
Tommy Tran .... compositor: Hammerhead
Derek Zavada .... system administrator: Hammerhead
Brandon Gonzales .... concept artist: Hammerhead (uncredited)
Paul Hopkins .... matchmove/layout (uncredited)
Daniel Loiewski .... visual effects intern (uncredited)
Linda Tremblay .... digital compositor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
James Armstrong .... stunts
Kelli Barksdale .... stunts
Emily Brobst .... stunt double: Katie
Seth Duhame .... stunt double: Chris Smith
Meegan Godfrey .... stunts
Nikki Hester .... stunt double: Lauren Bittner
Craig Jensen .... stunts
G. Grant Jewett .... stunt rigger
Michael R. King .... stunts (as Mike King)
Nicholas King .... stunts (as Nick King)
Rob King .... stunt coordinator
Dennis Scott .... assistant stunt coordinator
Daniel Browning Smith .... stunts
Steven Stone .... stunts
Ator Tamras .... stunt double: Lauren Bittner
Liisa Cohen .... utility stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Keith Dunkerley .... camera operator
Keith Dunkerley .... director of photography: second unit
Paul Farley .... first company grip (as Paul M. Farley)
Sergio Gutierrez .... second company grip
Jordan C. Kadovitz .... video assist (as Jordan Kadovitz)
Damon Liebowitz .... chief lighting technician (as Damon Leibowitz)
Oliver Mancebo .... digital imaging technician
Olga Matlin .... grip
Daniel C. McFadden .... still photographer (as Daniel McFadden)
Dara Norman .... dimmer operator
Benjamin Steeples .... second assistant camera
Phoebe Sudrow .... first assistant camera
Derek Touvell .... electrician
Brian Woronec .... assistant chief lighting technician
 
Casting Department
Sarah Domeier .... casting assistant: Los Angeles
Alexa L. Fogel .... casting: New York (as Alexa Fogel)
Christine Kromer .... casting: New York
John McAlary .... casting associate: Los Angeles
Claire Simon .... casting: Chicago
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Rebecca M. Graves .... costumer (as Rebecca Graves)
Linda Huse .... costume supervisor
Candle Williams .... production assistant: costume department
Christina DeMasi .... set costumer (uncredited)
Linda Huse .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Maria Gonzales .... first assistant editor
Joel Griffen .... assistant editor
Mark Griffith .... digital intermediate colorist
Omar Hassan-Reep .... first assistant editor
Vince Hughes .... dailies operator: nextLAB
Katherine Kane .... project coordinator
George Koran .... associate digital intermediate colorist
Nicholas Lareau .... outpost engineer
Wendy Nomiyama .... assistant editor
Jose Parra .... digital intermediate producer
Joe Rosenbloom .... post-production assistant
David Rosenthal .... i/o supervisor
Bill Schultz .... digital intermediate executive
Daniel Sessoms .... baselight operator: nextLAB
Elliott Traeger .... post-production assistant
Phillip Dawe .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Katie Fellion .... post production consultant (uncredited)
Aaron Kroger .... outpost engineer (uncredited)
Harry Muller .... color timer (uncredited)
Ron South .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
James G. Brill .... transportation coordinator
Jason Messersmith .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Laura Altmann .... production coordinator
Steve Berens .... animal wrangler
Joseph Bodner .... assistant: Mr. Blum
Cecilia Cardwell .... studio teacher
Justin Carville .... first assistant accountant
Nicki Cortese .... assistant: Mr. Goldsman
Danny Giles .... production assistant (as Daniel A. Giles)
Hernan Hernandez .... craft service
Pablo C. Herrera .... craft service (as Pablo Herrera)
Saj Jayasinghe .... account manager: Deluxe
Lynn Johnson .... medic
Jessica Kivnik .... production secretary
Megan Lurty .... production assistant
James Messersmith .... production assistant
Murray Miller .... location manager
Allyson Nelson .... production assistant: writer
Chelsea Peters .... assistant: Mr. Blum
Margaret L. Schlaifer .... studio teacher (as Margaret Schlaifer)
Sam Schweikert .... set production assistant: second unit
Patrick R. Siembieda .... production accountant (as Patrick Siembieda)
Billy Stimson .... production assistant
Alexis Tanasoca .... accounting clerk
David Thornsberry .... location manager
Erin Vitali .... production assistant
Diane Weiss .... script supervisor
Mandy Yaeger .... assistant: Mr. Joost & Mr. Schulman
Laura Caulfield .... production legal (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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MPAA:
Rated R for some violence, language, brief sexuality and drug use
Runtime:
83 min | 94 min (unrated director's cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 | France:U (with warning) | Germany:16 | Ireland:15A | Italy:T | Japan:G | Malaysia:PG-13 (censored version) | Mexico:B15 | Philippines:R-13 (MTRCB) | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 (cut) | South Korea:12 | Spain:16 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #47173)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Mark Fredrichs previous played the Psychic in the first Paranormal Activity (2007), which took place nearly two decades after the events in this film.See more »
Goofs:
Miscellaneous: The 1980s video equipment room has a road case for modern electronic equipment. One is a CDJ (Compact Disc Jockey) road case. Portable professional CDJ equipment did not exist until the mid-to-late 90s.See more »
Quotes:
Randy Rosen:She got blown in the face!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Come My WaySee more »

FAQ

What scenes from the trailer are not in the movie?
What does Kristi reluctantly accept to do for "Toby"?
What does the entity want from Kristi?
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38 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
It Runs In The Family, 21 October 2011
Author: moviewizguy from United States

PA3 is a prequel to the previous two films in which we find out the origins of the paranormal entity that haunted Katie and Kristie when they were adults. It is safe to say that there will be many moments in the film that will make you jump out of your seats and make your jaw drop in pure terror.

This is the third film in the successful PA franchise that has since replaced SAW as the annual Halloween event. The formula has been established, and perhaps you already know if you'll watch this film or not. However, let me say this: the trailer is misleading. If you know me, I'm very much against movie trailers that spoil almost everything, so I loved how the marketing team approached this film. About 90% of the scenes in the trailer don't appear in the film, so the scares are actually much more satisfying, effective, and shocking this way, and thank goodness for that because I felt that the trailer was way too cartoonish and cheesy.

Suffice to say that this film is successful in almost every way. Because this is the third film in the series, you may think you know what's going to happen. However, the film pretty much plays against your expectations on almost everything. For example, minimalism and subtlety is pretty much thrown out the window. If you were tired of the doors opening and shutting and the lighting flickering on and off in the first two films, PA3 will show you things you would never have expected would happen in a PA film. I'm not going to lie, there are some pretty elaborate and creative scares here, and most of these scares come from the genius addition of the oscillating fan camera, in which the camera rotates left to right. This not only makes for great use of effective jump scares, but also for the building of suspense and dread as we see things the characters don't.

In terms of jump scares, there are many that appear. While many people might complain about this, the film really succeeds in building up the tension that we know that something startling is going to happen, and that's what makes it so fun and unnerving to watch. This may be counterproductive because what made the first film so scary and unique (to me) is the lack of jump scares and the lack of anything elaborate in general. In PA, the simplicity is what makes it so great, relying on the viewer's imagination to create the fear so showing all these scares in PA3 pretty much goes against everything established in PA. However, I'm not going to hold this against the film because the scares are orchestrated so well with the timing and editing that it doesn't matter at that point.

I also want to point out that the scares come earlier than expected. It seems as if the directors know what the audience wants, so they're giving it to them. Not only is the quantity of scares much higher than the previous two films, but the quality of them are pretty great too. There is surprisingly a lot of humor added in the film as well. The film seems self aware of itself and has some fun with it. The character development is much better here than that of the second film. The parents are good as they are, but I have to say that the two girls were pretty great. This film proves that just because there are kids in a film doesn't mean they have to be bad and annoying.

The only flaw I can find about the film is the climax because it was eerily similar to another horror film that was released a couple of years ago. However, I will say that PA3's climax was very terrifying to watch. Overall, if you didn't like the first two films, you'll like this one the most. If you're a fan of the series, you'll obviously like this one. And if you want to watch things that go bump in the night, PA3 is one of the best out there.

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