Paranormal Activity 3 Ending Explained

Published 3 years ago by , Updated January 23rd, 2012 at 12:23 pm,

Does Julie (the mom) die at the end of Paranormal Activity 3?

 Paranormal Activity 3 Ending Explained

By all accounts yes, Julie is dead. So how do we reconcile that fact with seemingly contradictory moments from PA 1&2?

Katie says the following to Kristi in Paranormal Activity 2, as she and Kristi are discussing the past:

“Wanna know what I remember? I remember you crying… all the time. I remember you couldn’t sleep and had anxiety attacks. I remember you stopped talking for months. I remember weird people coming to our house and our mom was upset all the time. That’s what I remember. Whatever it was, it thrived on fear. The more we paid attention to it the worse it got. You need to leave this alone. You need to ignore it or you’re going to end up just like mom. Do you understand me?”

In the first Paranormal Activity, Micah at one point jokes to Katie that to keep the negative energy in the house down, they need to stop inviting over her mother. But if Julie is dead, who would he be talking about?

Are these plotholes, or are they hints that there is more to see?

More likely than not, these are bits of the story that have yet to be filled in.

As Rope of Silicon points out, we never saw the girls’ house burn down in the theatrical cut of PA3 – though that scene was in the trailer.  Speculation right now is that the house burning was part of a different cut of the film, as the date stamps indicate that it should’ve been in the movie. Perhaps we’ll see more about it later on in the series.

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Reading between the lines of the first two films, it’s easy to assume that Lois and her coven would want to cover their tracks and dispose of the evidence – meaning burning down the house and hiding the video tapes of the demon’s presence (but not burning them, for whatever reason). As for the mother issue – speculation right now is that Kristi and Katie likely got memory-wiped and passed off to another caretaker. The “mother” referred to in the first two films could be someone working for/with Lois, an unsuspecting adoptive mother, or even Lois herself, posing as the girl’s mother. The girls may not even remember that Julie and Dennis existed (they never mention Dennis, for one thing). Hopefully the next installment will fill in that blank.


Were the Witches at the end of the film the same coven from the 1930s Dennis saw in the book? Did Lois make a deal with the demon?

 Paranormal Activity 3 Ending Explained

The implication is that YES, the witches Dennis saw in the book were either younger versions of the women who appeared at the end of the film (or less likely: the next generation of females of the coven). At one point, when Dennis is quizzing Kristi about her imaginary friend, Toby, he asks her if the demon is “old – like grandma?” Kristi replies that it is indeed ‘old like grandma.’ At first this line seems trivial – something one would say to a five-year-old kid – but maybe not. There is clear indication that the coven Lois belongs to made a deal with the demon (back when she was young) and that the events we’re witnessing in these films have to do with the fulfillment of that deal – namely, providing the demon with a male heir from Lois’ bloodline. (Are the other women in the coven giving babies to the demon? We don’t know yet.) In PA2 Kristi’s stepdaughter Ali traces the assumed demon-dealings back to Kristi’s great-grandmother – Lois’ mother. This also opens up the possibility that Lois’ mom inducted her into the coven’s dark dealings the same way Lois has inducted her granddaughters.

During the final moments of the film, Dennis sees a shadowy figure in the windows of Lois’ house. The figure is distinctly female, and everytime Dennis goes to talk to it, he finds nothing is there. This same shadowy female figure is also seen in the Paranormal Activity 3 teaser trailer. So, is it the demon, a different spirit (perhaps Lois’ mother?), or does Lois herself have supernatural powers?

My guess is that Lois and her coven are something else besides human after their supernatural dealings. I mean, they are witches after all. There is also the fact that the deals with demons were made for wealth and/or power. Lois seems to be doing alright for herself on the wealth side (and even lectures Julie at one point about the need for financial security), so the assumption is that power was also part of the bargain. As for what powers these witches have (besides mind-wiping and conjuring demons) is again something that other installments of the franchise will need to explain.


What “ceremony” were the girls going to be a part of at the end of the film?

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When Dennis, Julie and the girls first arrive at Lois’s house, the girls are playing dress up with grandma. Kristi in particular is wearing a wedding veil, and claimed that “Toby” was the husband to be. The wedding clothes upset Julie and she snatched the veil off Kristi’s head.

Now, depending on how you interpret the scene in PA2 when adult Kristi is dragged into the basement, and the word “Meus” (Latin for “Mine”) is scratched into the door, Kristi could’ve very well been married off to the demon that night – or the girls could’ve been “prepared” for the eventual time when they would come of birthing age (Katie referenced that she was haunted all throughout her teenage years during PA1, remember). Another possibility is that the girls were led upstairs to be mind-wiped of all the events they experienced through some spell. To be honest, with part of the story still unexplained (the teenage years of the girls), we can only speculate – though some kind of unholy bonding and mind-wipe ceremony is the most likely answer.


Why does the demon want a boy?

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This is the big question hanging over this franchise: Why the demon want only a male heir (or more specifically his soul). Is it to possess him or sacrifice him?

Well, demon mythology is a long and convoluted thing, but the bottom line in terms of these Paranormal Activity films is: We don’t know yet. What we DO know is that there was a contract struck between some witches and a demon, and that demon has been waiting a long time to collect on the deal. Now that it has Hunter, we’re not sure what it plans to do with him – but we know that it can’t be good. If it sacrifices a baby for the sake of returning to Earth, that’s bad. If it possesses Hunter and tries to spread its demon seed using his body, also pretty bad.  Either way, the next films in the series will surely reveal the answer.


About those trailer scenes missing from the movie…

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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. -.- :P 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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