In 1988, young sisters Katie and Kristi befriend an invisible entity who resides in their home.

Writers:

Christopher Landon, Oren Peli (film "Paranormal Activity")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lauren Bittner ... Julie
Christopher Nicholas Smith ... Dennis (as Chris Smith)
Chloe Csengery ... Katie
Jessica Tyler Brown ... Kristi (as Jessica Brown)
Hallie Foote ... Grandma Lois
Dustin Ingram ... Randy Rosen
Johanna Braddy ... Lisa
Katie Featherston ... Adult Katie
Brian Boland ... Daniel
Sprague Grayden ... Adult Kristi
William Juan Prieto ... Hunter (as William Prieto)
Jackson Xenia Prieto Jackson Xenia Prieto ... Hunter (as Jackson Prieto)
Paitoon Cheng Paitoon Cheng ... Ida
Eddie Medrano Eddie Medrano ... Party Magician
Rebecca Delgado Smith ... Crying Bridesmaid
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

It Runs In The Family See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

This is the second time Johanna Braddy plays a role named Lisa in a horror film. The first one was The Grudge 3 (2009). Including it is the 3rd movie in both movie series See more »

Goofs

A modern Maxell VHS slipcase (the green variant for the 8-hour tape) is right out front on the editing desk. See more »

Quotes

[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

In the middle of the closing credits, in keeping with the 1988 period of the film, the Paramount logo that was used circa 1988 is shown. See more »

Alternate Versions

Includes an unrated director's cut and "lost tapes" (Dennis' pranking Julie and a commercial of his video company.) See more »

Connections

Featured in Shameless: A Great Cause (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Keep Your Hands to Yourself
Written by Jack Dolgen (as Jack Selig Dolgen)
Performed by Josh Koenigsberg, Henry Joost & Jack Dolgen (as Jack Selig Dolgen)
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A welcome prequel... but slightly vacuous. Let's hope they don't milk the franchise any more than it needs.
19 October 2011 | by rm-190-480176See all my reviews

All the elements remain: constant filming of the house, some unpredictable scares and frights, morbid obsession with finding out what's behind all the activity, but it feels like it opens up and raises just as many questions as it tries to answer. In this prequel we are shown life in the late '80s as the family deals with an unseen force disturbing the family's idyllic peace and wellbeing. We are presented with some insight into how and why these things haunt Katie in her later life, but it still feels like it's missing something. Overall, though, it's an entertaining 1.5 hours, but nothing incredibly new is here. See it, but don't set the bar too high. 6/10.


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paranormal Activity 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,568,183, 23 October 2011

Gross USA:

$104,028,807

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$207,039,844
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (unrated director's cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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