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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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Paranormal Activity 3 -- Paranormal Activity 3: Trailer #1


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Christopher Landon (written by)
Oren Peli (film "Paranormal Activity")
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Release Date:
21 October 2011 (USA) See more »
It Runs In The Family See more »
In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Delivering The Scares See more (312 total) »


  (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)
Jordan O'Neill .... DTS Sound Mastering Engineer (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)
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)
Meegan Godfrey .... stunt double: Lauren Bittner (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
Candle Anderson .... production assistant: costume department (as Candle Williams)
Rebecca M. Graves .... costumer (as Rebecca Graves)
Linda Huse .... costume supervisor
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 Stardust Peters .... assistant: Mr. Blum (as Chelsea Peters)
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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Rated R for some violence, language, brief sexuality and drug use
83 min | 94 min (unrated director's cut)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
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)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Produced under the name "Sports Camp".See more »
Anachronisms: The Barbie doll that can be spotted on the lower part of the screen during the rotating camera sequences throughout the movie is an early 2000s model, making it impossible for it to have stood in a 1988 home as depicted in the movie.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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Movie Connections:
References Back to the Future (1985)See more »
Happy Birthday to YouSee more »


What is Toby?
What scenes from the trailer are not in the movie?
What does Kristi reluctantly accept to do for "Toby"?
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48 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Delivering The Scares, 23 October 2011
Author: MBloodT from Philippines

To be honest, I never liked Paranormal Activity movies. It's about people who lived in a house with cameras and there are evil spirits haunting them then all of the events are caught on tape. The idea is interesting but the execution always end up being unsatisfying. Paranormal Activity 3 is the very beginning of the series. It's not actually a prequel. It's more of a backward trilogy to make the ending of the rest of the Paranormal Activity films mysterious. Although, the twist is a little bit predictable but Paranormal Activity 3 has a decent story to tell with these found footage. And it really has the scares. Finally, this series has a genuine scare.

Paranormal Activity 3 reveals all the mysteries of the first two movies. Unlike the first two, instead of watching the lives of these people and wait for the spirits to come out, this one really tells a story through the videos. The story is not anything new though but the execution is decent. The second Paranormal Activity narrates almost everything in the story. Here you don't need it, you just have to look at the video footage to know the story.

Aside from its storytelling, Paranormal Activity is all about the scares. They improved the scares by moderating the slow burns and keep the objects floating. The ghosts aren't quite invisible like the first two. Here, it's campy. You can see its shadows. And of course, there's a lot of threat from the ghost. The scares are more than just jump scares. It has more terror and gumption to the thrills which is kinda fun. The cameras are well shot. Everything is well made. But the twist remains predictable for some reason.

Paranormal Activity 3 is not earning the fear anymore. It's now earning the scares. It's great to see Paranormal Activity with exact scares than wait for more than five minutes to be scared. It's not the scariest horror movie of the year but it's the best part of the series and also the most decent horror of the year. I still wanna see the parts on the trailer that wasn't show in the actual film but Paranormal Activity 3 is satisfying enough in its short runtime. Decent enough as a found-footage-horror-film.

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