Paranormal Activity 3 Ending Explained

Published 4 years ago by , Updated January 23rd, 2012 at 12:23 pm,

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Paranormal Activity 3:  The Unanswered Questions

Here’s the entire Paranormal Activity movie trilogy summarized in chronological order, with the connections between the films pointed out. It should go without saying that THERE ARE MAJOR SPOILERS IN THROUGHOUT THIS ARTICLE.

How does Paranormal Activity 3 tie into the other films?

Paranormal Activity 3 is set in 1988 when sisters Kristi and Katie are young (5 and 9, respectively). It is meant to chronicle the events that the girls cannot fully remember in the first two films – namely the demonic entity first coming to haunt them. The girls’ mom has a boyfriend, Dennis, who begins to film the phenomenon happening in their home. The mom, Julie, has decided not to have any more kids – much to the chagrin of her mother (the girls’ grandmother), Lois. A mysterious symbol drawn on a crawl space ceiling in the girls’ room leads Dennis to a book about a coven of witches in the 1930s who served demons by brain-washing girls of child-bearing age into having sons for the demon to collect, before wiping away the child-bearer’s memory of the event. Dennis tries to show this explanation to Julie, but she will not buy it.

The demon makes a bond with Kristi, in particular (which she refers to as her friend “Toby”). After repeated attacks, Kristi eventually promises to do the demon’s bidding in order to save her sister from harm. Kristi begs her mom to take them from the house to grandma’s house (apparently, the demon’s request), but Julie, still in denial, refuses. For “motivation,” the demon then tears apart the kitchen in front of Julie, which sends her running off to grandma’s house with the kids. Thinking they are finally safe, Julie awakens in the night to the sound of cars pulling up to Lois’ home. It is then revealed that Lois is part of the coven of witches from the ’30s that Dennis saw in the book, and that she serves the demon terrorizing them (she had the same symbol hidden on her wall that the demon drew on the crawl space ceiling). Gathered with the rest of her coven, Lois watches as the demon kills Julie and Dennis. She then leads her granddaughters up the stairs to an unknown fate, with the demon in tow.

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Jump to 2005, when an adult Katie delivers stuff from Lois’ old house (Lois has seemingly died) to a pregnant Kristi and her husband Dan. This includes a necklace and a box of old video tapes (Dennis’s 1988 tapes AND a set of tapes labeled “1992”).  A year later, after Kristi has given birth to her son, Hunter,  a “burglary” occurs at her home. Every room is completely trashed except for Hunter’s bedroom, but the only things stolen are the necklace and the video tapes. Soon after, strange paranormal events begin to occur in Kristi and Dan’s home. Their housekeeper Martine claims it is an evil spirit, tries to protect the family via prayer and incense – and gets fired for her trouble by Dan, who will not even begin to entertain thoughts of the supernatural being real in any form. Upon visiting, Katie and Kristi reminisce about that mysterious period from their childhood (which they cannot recall) that led to their family being broken, and their childhood home burning down. The events happening in Kristi’s home seem vaguely similar to deep-seated feelings the girls have of that childhood trauma; Katie is worried Kristi will ‘end up like their mother.’

Kristi’s step-daughter Ali begins to research demonic mythology, and discovers that humans could make deals with demons for wealth and power, in exchange for the soul of their first-born sons (a deal seemingly made by Lois and her coven, or Lois’ mother – possibly the founder of the coven). If the deal maker didn’t have a son, the demon would haunt the deal maker’s family until a male heir could be collected. Kristi’s infant son Hunter is revealed as the first male heir to be born into their family since the 1930s (Lois had hoped Julie would break that cycle, and encouraged her to have more children – but no such luck).

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The paranormal activity in Kristi’s home begins to escalate; at one point, Kristi herself is dragged down into the basement by the demon and is kept there for hours. When Kristi is released, her family finds the basement door covered in scratches, with the word “Meus” (Latin for “Mine”) scratched in the door (either meaning Kristi or Hunter or both belong to the demon). Ali becomes convinced that Kristi has been corrupted by the demon and convinces her father of this by showing him footage of Kristi being dragged into the basement by some invisible force. Dan calls in Martine (the nanny he previously fired), who informs him that he cannot exorcise the demon completely – but he can pass the demon off to another family member. To protect his own family he decides to sacrifice Kristi’s sister, Katie. After a frightful confrontation with a possessed Kristi, Dan, Ali and Martine succeed in their plan and free her from the demon using a cross. Dan burns a photo of a young Katie (that Julie took on the girls’ first day of school) to complete the ritual (this seems to be the same photo that a few weeks later shows up in the attic of Katie and Micah’s home). Afterwards, Kristi has no memory of being possessed.

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Katie, meanwhile, has just moved into a new home with her boyfriend Micah. When strange paranormal activity begins to occur in their home, Katie confesses to Micah about the strange events from her and Kristi’s childhood – events which repeated when Katie was a teenager (age 13) and now and again throughout her adult life (a time we still haven’t seen in the films). She says that it’s felt like she’s always been haunted by something, though Micah is skeptical. Nevertheless, Micah begins to record the happenings and Katie eventually hires a psychic to assess the situation. The psychic (who states his expertise is not in demons, but in ghosts) reveals that the demon feeds off of negative energy; emotional friction between Katie and Micah is only strengthening it. Events escalate as Katie finds the photo of herself that Dan burned (she thought it lost in the house fire from her childhood) and starts to show signs of being possessed by the entity. Katie visits Kristi (3 weeks after Dan sent the demon her way) and explains the strange events occurring in her home. Dan reveals nothing about what happened to Kristi.

As more and more havoc is wrought, Katie and Micah try to reach out to a demonologist – but he is out of town. Frightened, they meet again with the psychic, who is instantly panicked by the malevolent presence in the house and flees the scene. When Katie is eventually physically assaulted by the demon, she and Micah decide they will flee to a hotel. Before they can leave, however, Micah discovers Katie gripping a cross (the one used to free Kristi) so tightly that her hand is bleeding. He burns the cross and the photo of Katie in anger, and an eerily tranquil Katie then informs him that all is well. Micah believes her, reluctantly.

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The next night, Katie awakens in bed and watches over Micah sleeping before disappearing downstairs. Micah awakens to the sounds of Katie screaming as if being murdered/attacked and runs downstairs to aid her. Heavy footsteps are heard on the stairs, and then Micah’s corpse is flung at the camera, revealing a fully-demonic Katie as his murderer. The next night, demon-Katie appears at Kristi’s house and murders Dan and Kristi, before taking young Hunter into her arms and disappearing (Ali was not home at the time), with her whereabouts still unknown after three films.

And now, on to the unanswered questions of Paranormal Activity 3…

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  1. There is a statue of a sailor boy on the wood shelf bordering the sofa when Dennis first looks for Julie in the first scene but when he pans down over the living room the statue is gone. Is that an editing oversight or does it have any significance?

    Also if you look at the box of tapes they ALL have Katie’s name only after the bday party Dennis taped.

    Finally, if you watch closely there is a fire in Lois’ s yard where what looked to be the garage where Julie’s car was which I assumed at the time to be a way to prevent escape and led to the house fire.

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  2. Couldn’t read all comments, tell me if you discussed this:

    In PA2 Katie says what she remembers: ‘Kristy has been crying all the time, wouldn’t speak for months, weird people in the house’

    None of that happened in PA3. Kristy would not cry constantly, it was her ‘imaginary’ friend.

    In PA1 Katie says the contrary (to Micah): ‘When I was 8, there would be a shadowy figure next to my bed. I would cry and cry, it would just watch me. Kristy would see it too, but it would just hover around -my- bed’

    The contrary of the above happened in PA3: Kristy was the one constantly in contact with the entity.

    Another plot-hole? Or maybe Kirsty’s memories were partially transferred to Katie? During the memory wipe..


    PS: any articles like this about tying in PA3-2-1-4 into the picture? My main question: Katie let go of Hunter into a childhouse/or someone took him away from her (remember Alex shouted down by her parents when she asked them about adoption)? What would Katie be doing around with Robbie then? Using him as a bait (a son of any other witches)? What’s his past?
    And for the fun laughs: if tapes were made available, how could the police not look out for Katie around the states (or Ali following her footsteps)? Probably a plot for PA5 😉

    Cheers thrillseekers! :)

  3. All the best paranormal activities are the best movies I ever watched

  4. did anyone notice on the 5th pic (the one where the time says 3:53:55am) hunter’s in the reflection but not there in the crib

    • Weird

  5. When are you writing about the 4th one. i cant wait, i need to no some info on the story?

  6. The 4th one is a weird one to me Lucy. It’s good but after a few months am still digesting it… the first 3 all link. This one is tagged on.

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  8. i it makes big cnfusions

  9. Thank you for this huge “explantion-post”. I’ve already told in my (too long :P) comment at “PA 4: spoilers” I started -thanks to this- to understand more about this plotline since I’ve read all of this. (Even the more I read it, the more I seem to get stuff I realise right now.)

    By the way: I think this whole plotline is actually just DISTURBING at all… and I shouldn’t have read it again at 11:38 PM. -.- 😛 Especially thinking about grandma Lois and her Coven and the whole “demonic deal” makes me feel freaked out. Especially this occult atmosphere. I mean…

    People who are critical about this series can think what they want, but I’m almost sure 99% don’t know about this freaky plotline and just comment on the activity seen in the movies.

    • I’m not sure about the plotline being anything more than that… a plotline.

      It’s just a good scary film.

      In the 60s-80s there were thousands of these, but they have disappeared mainly due to overuse of the internet stripping away mystery.

      • Yes, ofcourse. It’s probably because this is the first movie with this complicated, vague plotline I’ve ever seen; which makes it even more interesting and freaky (for me).
        I’m still a little bit of a “noob” about horror movies. I didn’t see many yet, well I’ve already seen some classics (“The Excorcist”, “The Shining”, “It”,…)

        You may suggest me other movies like this. They probabably excist, but like I said, I’m still a bit of a noob… :) I’ve seen “Paranormal Entity” already, which is probably made by the same company?

  10. So if the tapes were stolen in pa2, how is that we as the viewers are watching them in pa3? Does that mean that the person who stole is watching them? If so who’s watching them?

  11. @misael that is one of the coolest things about PA3, and one of the creepiest I think. I sorta hoped that that would lead to something in PA4 but who knows, maybe the next one.

  12. Actually a shot of the house fire does briefly appear at the end of PA3. If you pause the movie at the right time during the static at the end you can see Julie and Dennis’ bed on fire.

  13. do you reckon the 5th PA will be about Ali?, Kristy

    • PA4 really does bug me more and more… they really did botch big parts of that considering how the first three were building. But if there’s a coven in PA3 and PA4 then they have an obligation now to talk more about it… to give some insight into why they’re there and why they’re d*cking around with demons…

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  16. In PA4, friend Oliver, class valedictorian of Jesse, his Bestfriend, and Marisol—is surprisingly adopted due to his parents passing away. He wasn’t the first born in the family, but being adopted, doesn’t he have a malignant presence? Hunter in PA3 was adopted & his name was changed by Katie. After Katie ended up missing, wouldn’t hunter then be put up for adoption? Therefor, isn’t Oliver Hunter–grown up of course.

    • There is no Oliver in the film franchise, maybe you mean Oscar? Also PA4 isn’t based on his character either, nor is Hunter in PA3. You might need to do your research first.

  17. Maybe the people watching them are revealed in the new movie.
    Maybe it’s the cops that found them. They’re watching them with hottie ali ray who is hopefully going to thwart the witches and get em!

  18. Just want to add a note to the confusion about the girl’s mother. Dan comments to Ali, when Kristi is worried about the house, that she has a “paranoid mommy.” Along with Micha’s comments in film 1, it makes me wonder what happened to Julie, and if they might be referring to someone else.

  19. P.S. There are eight candles on Katie’s birthday cake. She’s 8 years old in PA 3. The age she mentioned in PA 1.

    • In your own words ‘They may be super entertaining’. Probably a good reason for the films to exist then. Just don’t watch them if they bug you!

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