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


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


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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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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Did You Know?


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. "So what they had to do was they built, or they put in a screen, a little monitor in the viewfinder that was transmitting the video that it was recording in the body of this old VHS tape into this monitor. So I was basically watching a little monitor in the viewfinder, and it was like, week six when they figured that out." See more »


(at around 18 mins) When Dennis is talking to Kristi after watching the first night's tape, she says, "He's my friend," but it doesn't match the movement of her lips. 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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Alternate Versions

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


Referenced in Face Off: In the Shadows (2014) 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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User Reviews

Another successful entry into a very creepy and well-made horror series
24 October 2011 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

I was a big fan of the original PA. I loved it. On rewatches its effect has lessened, but I still remember the impact it had on me. The sequel I liked it a lot too, although it wasn't as creepy as the first I liked that it didn't over-do things like most horror sequels do. It worked in different ways than he original. Paranormal Activity 3 is more like the original than the sequel was.

Like the sequel, I am impressed how much this series still has going for it. Like the sequel it also doesn't overdo things but it does manage to still build up nicely. I wouldn't say that this is a great film, but I do want to say that it continues the success of this series. I like how they continue to build on the main story.

So I do recommend it for fans of the first two... maybe even if you liked the first but not the 2nd. I actually still kinda prefer the 2nd over this for now.

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Release Date:

21 October 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paranormal Activity 3 See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$52,568,183, 23 October 2011

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


| (unrated director's cut)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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