Paranormal Activity: The Original Ending

Published 6 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:28 am,

paranormal activity alternate cut Paranormal Activity: The Original Ending


We recently did a post about the alternate endings to Paranormal Activity, which, apparently, there are a few of. In that post, we described the original ending to the film, which was different from the “dead body hurled at the camera” climax that many of us saw in the theatrical version that Paramount put out.

The original ending (which we here at Screen Rant have dubbed the “Katie Myers Ending”) was more along the lines of something out of Rob Zombie’s Halloween films (hence the nickname), rather than a fitting finale to a creepy ghost story. Of course that was just MY take on the matter – now you too can be the judge, as the original “Katie Myers Ending” to Paranormal Activity has manifested online!

It goes without saying that what you’re about to see is a MAJOR SPOILER, which should only be viewed by those who have already seen Paranormal Activity and are simply curious about how the film originally finished off. It’s also somewhat gory, and is not for those prone to nightmares.

The following clip picks up on the last day/night of the haunting, leading into main character Katie’s final spiral downward into possession, and ultimately the tragic fate of her dutiful boyfriend, Micah. Check it out:

Now I know that some of you have said that you liked this original ending, but personally, I’m glad they changed it to what they did. If I had seen this original ending, I probably would’ve ended up in the “hate it” camp along with all the other people that didn’t love Paranormal Activity.

What don’t I like about this original ending? Too long, too slow, and not scary at all. If you didn’t have the theatrical ending ruined by the movie’s trailer, then Micah’s body flying at the camera was a jump-in-your-seat shock and Katie’s “demon walk” across the room just sealed the deal on creepy.

Of course there are other unseen endings to Paranormal Activity out there – we’ll keep you posted whenever and wherever the footage pops up.

Source: YouTube (thanks to Cinematical for finding it)

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  1. While I agree that this original ending is anti-climactic, I do think it fits the overall film much better than the theatrical ending.


  2. I came to watch this and it got taken off…dang

  3. Me too :(

  4. ive seen both endings and really none are good endings….a better ending would have been the original with the cops shooting something in the back room and katie then getting up after being shot and turing off the camera

  5. i saw this version of the movie.

  6. anybody know of a working link?

  7. I saw the paramount version, in theaters with my girlfriend, ironicly enough on Oct 11th, which was the last night of filming in that version. A friend of mine gave me copy that he had, and while watching it with a group of friends that hadn’t seen it, I noticed subtle differences. Then on Oct 8th in his version, “The Katie Ending” happens. Totally thew me off, I didn’t know there was another ending. I liked the idea of the alternate ending, but agree with the author, the remade theatre version sells the scary side of the movie. Glad I saw them in the order I did, and now I’m curious to see the “Katie’s whereabouts are unknown” version again. I’m sure when this goes to DVD both endings will be present. Until then, enjoy the good jolt of the current ending, cause the “Katie gets shot” ending is anticlimatic.

  8. Youtube Removed It. Damn it!

  9. “WARNING!! SPOILERS!!”I saw a screening version of the original movie and the one I saw in the theatre was a totally different and much better(IMHO)ending!The dvd version I saw must have been the original before paramount edited it and added the new ending,which is a lot scarier and more in line with what the whole film is going for, the dvd shows katie coming into the bedroom after she kills Mica(which you never see but surmise thru the audio)and she is on the floor rocking for like a day or so and you hear her gf come in and find the body of Mica and runs out and then the police come and go upstairs and see Katie and she is still holding the knife and goes toward the police while saying”Mica?…Mica?” They order her to drop it and she does’nt and boom,they shoot her and thats basically it.

  10. the movie was stupid! it was all hype!


  12. I much prefer this ending.

  13. wow i saw this movie and i thought it was SCARY but i like the oringal ending becuz when i saw her get shot bye the cops it was like OMG Y?

    the basic story in the ending is

    katie screamed down stairs micah came to help she grabbed a boocher knife stabbed him got blood everywhere came back up with the knife sat next to her bed rocking day after day then cops came the demon inside her left b4 she saw the cops and stood up i think the cops saw the knife thought she was coming after then but u can hear her say wheres micah in a soft scared voice then cops shot her :( very dissapointing i was hoping they both stayed alive but micah pissed the demon off so nice going micah


    I saw the original ending, where Katie stabs Micah off camera, and comes upstairs, and sits on the floor on her side of the bed through sunrise and into the evening. Watching her sit there was as disturbing as all hell.

    However, the ending to Paranormal Activity 2 makes no sense, if you only saw the “Katie stabs Micah” ending.

  15. im glad it didnt show the ending with micah being thrown at the camera and katie walking away creepily…I nearly crapped myself watching it paranormal activity 2…i forced myself to continue watching this stuff…i do have one question…in paranormal activity 2 it says that katie and hunter’s whereabouts are unknown…i understand that it in the theatrical ending things were different but in the alternate ending she was shot by the cops…i suspect that this would be after she took hunter…how does this follow the storyline or was this supposed to be completely different?