Paranormal Activity: Alternate Endings & Recut Scenes

Published 5 years ago by , Updated October 22nd, 2010 at 2:11 am,

WHAT WERE THE ALTERNATE ENDINGS?

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This is the big question. The ending we got in the theatrical cut of Paranormal Activity had Micah rushing downstairs to save a shrieking Katie, followed by sounds of Micah’s own screams being cut short, heavy stomps on the stairwell and then the “money shot” of Micah’s body flying into the camera while possessed Katie stands over his corpse, sniffs it, and then lunges at the camera. IMHO it was a pretty satisfying climax – albeit one that was stupidly ruined by the teaser trailer for the film. Not all of you agree with that sentiment, though, so maybe you’ll have a better opinion of the original ending to Paranormal Activity, or perhaps the alternate endings which were shot after Paramount acquired the film:

  • Katie Myers” — The original ending to Paranormal Activity supposedly had Micah running downstairs to save Katie, sounds of a scuffle, followed by Katie (entranced) returning to the bedroom covered in blood, with bloody knife in hand. Katie then proceeds to sit on the floor rocking backing forth for days on end (see header image); her girlfriend from earlier scenes leaves an answering machine message inquiring where the couple is, eventually stops by and discovers Micah dead. The police rush in and find Katie, who snaps out of her trance, only to be gunned down by the cops when she freaks out on them. The credits dedicate the film to couple, sustaining the “real-life” atmosphere of the movie.
  • Murder, Suicide” — The only alternate ending we have word on was rumored to have been screened just once for audiences. In this alternate climax, Micah rushes downstairs, gets stabbed to death, and Katie returns to the bedroom with the knife and proceeds to slit her own throat in front of the camera. As Horror Squad points out, this ending links back to an earlier scene where Micah threatens to “take care” of the ghost by flashing a large kitchen knife.

VERDICT: For my part I’m glad they changed the original ending: the whole “Katie Myers” angle turns a great ghost story into a routine slasher flick cliche; the catatonic trance for days on end and death-by-police finale seems way too drawn out and not at all scary. On the other hand, the murder/suicide alternate ending seems a bit too hardcore and gratuitous for a film that otherwise seems to value mood and suggestion over buckets of blood and gore.

Finally, the current ending – with the footnote that Katie is still at large – leaves the door open for a new Boogeyman mythos, and, of course, a sequel. Most importantly, the current ending is this best round-off for the themes of demonic possession and supernatural forces at work in the real world, which the rest the film does considerable work to set up.

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So there you have it – some of the noted changes that were made to Paranormal Activity. The fimmmakers and studio would be really stupid not to include all these extra bits when they release the movie on DVD/Blu-ray, as I’m sure the film will become even more of a cult-phenomenon as people pick over each and every scene to come up with THEIR best version of the movie.

Speaking of which: are you happy with the current version of Paranormal Activity? Do you see something in those alternate scenes and endings you wish had made it to the theatrical version?

Paranormal Activity is currently showing in many, many theaters and is expected to spread to even more.

Source: Horror Squad

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  1. I saw this movie on dvd first, and it was the version where micah’s body flies into the camera and where katie disappears. I liked that version sooo much better than the version I saw later on tv and on the internet (the ”police version”). I’m trying to find a video of it but I can’t find it, the only ending I can find is the police version.Does anyone know where to find it?

  2. Hi, I went to watch this film with my brother and sister in law, and me and my sister in law actually started crying we were that scared! I can’t wait to go and see the next one. From Brittanie

  3. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! can somebody tell me where i can get the paranormal activity 1 ending where she’s rocking. i saw the one where she goes downstaires, screams, kills micah and throws him at the camera, then returns upstaires and stares at the camera. then its over. but PLEASE tell me where the ‘rocking’ ending is, where she’s shot by the police. im DIEING to seee it!!thanks xx

  4. When I originally watched this film (via a download), I was greeted by the ending where “Katie” returns to the room, after apparently killing Micah, and proceeds to slit her throat in front of the camera. I did not become aware of a “theatrical” ending until I discussed the movie with someone who had seen it in the theatres. I just watched the “theatrical” ending after all these years, and while “the Micah body through the air” is worthy, the idea of a possessed Katie killing her husband and then herself is hair-raising. I think the idea of not only hurting someone you love (of course not of your own free will), but also yourself (and by such a brutal means), just adds salt to the wound so to speak. Hearing the thuds and screams of Micah allows for the movie to create a sense of fear in the viewer- for we know not what is happening, but can only expect the worst (whatever that may be). We are a helpless observer, such as the passerby who witnesses a mugging but cannot expose themelves for fear they will be shot. Once we get passed the fact something wicked is happening to Micah, we are then truly introduced to the possessed Katie, who then takes us full throttle from having to use our imagination to being completely immersed in obvious violence. Personally, I expected Katie would become possessed, however, I wasn’t expecting the spirit to force her to cut her throat that close to my face! I felt like that particular ending was very dark. I have yet to see the one where the police enter the home, perhaps I’ll think differently once I do.

  5. Where Do I see the girl on the computer?

  6. Katie slitting her throat contradicts Paranormal Activity 2

  7. I went to see all 3… All three were good movies. I could even take anyone I wanted with me to go see a scary movie! It’s kinda akward watching a scary movie w/ your fam. And dad is horny from all the nudity and hott sex scenes. So Ty, great job. It was surely something different and worth watching:)