Paranormal Activity 3 Ending Explained

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

What about the house burning and other scenes that were in the Paranormal Activity 3 trailer, but not in the actual film? Were they part of the story?

The Paranormal Activity 3 trailer controversy is a big one. There was SO MUCH shown in the trailers that didn’t make it into the actual film, and fans have been left scratching their heads. This includes:

  • The girls’ house being on fire.
  • Julie being aware of the demon’s presence and being attacked by him.
  • The girls’ “Bloody Mary” game revealing a female ghost in the bathroom.
  • The girls playing other games (jump off the ledge, the “knocking game”) with the demon.
  • A visiting demonologist being violently attacked by the demon.

Watch the trailers below and see what we mean:

Now, in our interviews with the Paranormal Activity creator, we learned that often times they just film a bunch of material and decide what scares are the best ones to put in the film. In that sense, certain occurrences – like Julie seeing water splash over the demon or being thrown on the bed – the demonologist being attacked – might have once been shot as possible devices to advance the plot (namely, giving the family an excuse to run to grandma’s house), but those moments might’ve been trumped by the scenes we actually saw in the film (the demon finally scaring Julie by dropping everything in the kitchen onto the floor). The best scares were used in the film, the rest was left on the cutting floor and eventually recycled for the trailers. No mystery there.

However, the house burning is a big deal when it comes to unanswered questions. As stated, we may see this explanation in future installments - but why the video tapes were kept intact at all is a big question mark (why not just burn them?). As stated, we still don’t know what happened when Katie and Kristi were teenagers, so those explanations could indeed be coming with subsequent films in the series.


How do the trailer scenes not included in the movie relate to the events shown in the movie?

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Again, the scenes in the trailers for Paranormal Activity 3 are clearly time stamped, so they do take place around the time of PA3. It is strange that many of the missing trailer scenes have later dates – more than likely, a previous cut of the film had them placed there. Again, these Paranormal Activity films are constructed by shooting a bunch of different “scare moments” before the filmmakers step back to see which ones are most effective. Paranormal Activity‘s ending was drastically changed from the original cut (in which Katie kills herself after killing Micah) to the theatrical cut (Katie heads off to kidnap Hunter). Paranormal Activity 2 also had trailer footage not included in the film, so this issue is not really a mystery – more like tactics of movie marketing. Paranormal Activity 3 simply took things to the extreme.

I say all that to say: things you saw in the trailers are moments they could’ve used to advance the plot, but in the end, they chose to use the material we saw in the film instead. Those trailer scenes aren’t “missing” – they’re simply the fodder you’ll find in the deleted scenes section of a DVD/Blu-ray. The only thing that really needs to be explained is the house burning down (but again, there’s strong implication that we will get that explanation at some point).

The only ting really left to discuss, then, is – Paranormal Activity 4 and where the story goes from here. Stay tuned for our post. icon wink Paranormal Activity 3 Ending Explained

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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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