Paranormal Activity: Alternate Endings & Recut Scenes

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

paranormal activity alternate cut Paranormal Activity: Alternate Endings & Recut Scenes

UPDATE: Now you can watch the “Katie Myers” ending to Paranormal Activity!

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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY ORIGINAL ENDING

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[WARNING: This Article Contains HEAVY SPOILERS!!!]

So by now a lot of you have ventured out (and I do mean “ventured”) to see Oren Peli’s low-budget ghost story flick, Paranormal Activity. Ever since we posted an early review and the latest theatrical trailer, Paranormal Activity has become one of the hottest topics on our site. However, viewers seem split over whether the film is one of the best horror entries in recent years, or an over-hyped ripoff that couldn’t scare a ten-year-old.

Well, anybody who’s been following the Paranormal Activity knows that it took Oren Peli and his producing partners almost two years to get the film into a theater near you. And along that long journey, the film was cut and recut into the version we all saw in theaters. But how different were earlier versions of Paranormal Activity? Well, for one thing, the header image above was part of an alternate ending from an earlier version of the film – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg…

Love it or hate it, you should at least be aware of what Paranormal Activity might’ve been. If you loved the film, you may rejoice at the fact the old version was changed; if you hated it, maybe some info about the alternate cuts and endings will persuade you to check extra bits when they are (presumably) released on DVD/Blu-ray.

Either way, this is some interesting info about a much-debated film, so let’s get into it.

[FINAL WARNING, HEAVY, HEAVY, SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!!]

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HOW WAS THE FILM RECUT?

According to Horror Squad, the earlier cut of Paranormal Activity had a much slower setup and less chemistry between leads Micah and Katie. Added to the theatrical version were more scenes of “play” between the couple (like Micah bringing the camera into the bedroom for a little romp in the sheets), as well as some daylight “haunting scenes” (Katie’s keys being thrown on the floor and the couple’s hanging photograph being smashed in), which were added to crank up the demon’s fright factor. When [ONE LAST SPOILER ALERT!!!] Katie starts to really slip into the darkside near the end, the filmmakers added some digital tweaking to her voice to make it sound more possessed.

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Wanna watch 70 hrs of these two?

Horror Squad also reports that Peli and Co. originally shot about 70 hrs of “home footage” and even went back later to re-shoot some scenes. The running guestimate is that some of the “coupling scenes” were drawn from that original footage, while the daylight “scare scenes” were later re-shot and then added to the film. The sequencing of the demon attacks was also rearranged into escalating scale (instead of a random assortment of sheet pulls, drags and door slams). Finally, that heavy bass reverberation during the haunting scenes was added to the track as a signal to viewers that the demon was present.

VERDICT: There are a LOT of you out there (haters AND lovers) who held the criticism that Paranormal Activity started out too slowly. So if earlier versions of the film had an even slower buildup, and the only new bits added were scenes to make the lead characters more relatable, as well as some additional fright bits, I’d say the version we got in theaters was something of an improvement, wouldn’t you?

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  1. The only thing scary/creepy thing about this movie is that Hollywood tricked all of us into going to see it. :D

  2. can i ask why is there 2 endings if it is supose to be actual camara footage?

  3. I just wanna ask:Is it true or not?

  4. Again, no, this was not a true story.

    Vic

  5. The version I have seen has the Knife/police shooting ending. And no daytime scares.

    Huh

  6. the ending i saw she went downstairs an screamed his name, when he were down there she stabbed him, brought the body in the room an had blood all down her, threw his body at the camera, smelt his body, put her mouth on the camera so it went blackk then it ended… :I which is the real one??

  7. ive seen the same ending as DrSamBeckett were she screams incredibly loud and he runs down stars and you hear a thud n the floor. (were she owns him with a knife). then stupidly takes her like 20 minutes to walk back up the stars and by this point i didnt know what the hell was going on, weather she stabbed him she killed her self or the Demon was just being a twat and f****** around. but she comes upstairs with a knife in her hand and the top covered in blood, she sits down next to the Bed for i think is like 2 days and her Friend Debra comes in and see’s the husband on the floor screams and runs out. around 20 minutes later the Police come in up the stairs and she looks at them thinking its her husband and calling his name. The cops dont do nothing than shoot her in the Face. by this time the light at the bottom of the corridor is going on and off and the door slams in the spare room the police Breach the room and there’s nothing there……or is there ??

    thanks! im really wanting to watch the other endings as i know there are several.

  8. The one Drbeckett and Tim both have seen are the original copies of the movie, It states that they tweaked it for the release. The alternative ending is the one Tessa saw.

    I would like to see the other version of the movie though.

  9. i watched it and the ending was when she went donstairs and screamed and micah got up and run down the stairs then it went silent the i heard thumping coming up the stairs for ages and then kate walks in and she has blood stains on ther shirt and a knife in her hand and then she sits down and rocks for three days and her friend comes in see’s micah and then screams and goes to fetch the police and the the police turn up and start screaming downstairs while upstairs kate is still rocking and the the light goes on at the end of the hallway and goes off again then they come upstairs and see kate and tells her to put the knife down and she gets up and calls micah and then thet shoot her dead R.I.P micah and kate

  10. I saw the stabbing/police ending and thought it was great.

  11. i sor the kaitie lunging at the camera ending and that was fits best…

  12. does anyone know where you can find the scene where micha finds their photo smashed and his face has been scratched like on the movie version??

  13. I have seen the movie on 3 seperate occasions and each time had a different ending. In theaters I saw the ending where she throws the body at the camera and looks into the camera, The second time I saw it the ending was the one where the police find her in the room with the knife after a few days and then shoot her, this version was the best I think and should be released as the DVD version because even the exorcism scene they were watching on the computer is way more graphic and bloody, and there were no day time hauntings. And last the third time I recently watched it she comes back upstairs, closes the door and slits her own throat at the end.

  14. I was scared to watch this movie by myself and after watching it I dont know what the point in being scared was… I mean it took forever for anything to even happen, nothing happen during the day…although the thought of this happening is scary the movie could have been written alot better to make it more believable. The ending I saw was when katie goes downstairs and micah goes down after her, gets stabbed and then she stays in her room for a few days and get killed by the cops afterwards. I think that the suicide scene would have been way better… and then add in the cops showing up and there doors opening and closing, lights going on and off….over all this movie could have been way scarier!

  15. does anybody know
    is there a website or something
    that they show the 3 versions??
    i already saw 2
    but i wanna see when she was shot
    by the police┬┐
    anyone knows?┬┐

    • deleted scenes.

  16. well i have only seen one ending and i must say it did do its job to scare me as it was once sed there was no activerty in the day (spoilt it) and the level of “unreal” was unreal why would you film for 21 days and only get a few bumps and noises …why would you be there for 21 days R U MAD and if you had this with you for years then why not come out with this sooner why just wait till you boyfreind gets a camra… hmmm i would like to see the ending where mika was trown across the room as i would have put this in a comerdy catogory (N)

    i give this film a ratein out 7-10

  17. im still not going to o to bed tonight tho as im quiet scared of the gettin pulled out of bed with my legs :/ …..

  18. hi guys, after an hours seaching i have found all 3 alternative endings….. the original (where she is rocking)… the one where she sniffs him and attacks the camera…. and, wait for it, the one where she slits her throat!

    go to http://vimeo.com/8334559

    hope you enjoy!

  19. I ended up watching the original version without being aware of it till I while later.(The one with the ending featuring the police). I haven’t seen the theatrical version, but I absolutely loved the version I saw, and the ending was my favourite part.

  20. Rich, you’re the best. Thanks for posting the link. I’m a little bummed because my least favorite ending was the one I had seen when I watched the whole thing. I liked the sniff one best (creepy), the throat bit (gruesome) next, and the cop one not as much (the one I saw first). It’s fun to compare them.

  21. The police ending: She was not shot by the police as they radio “SHOTS FIRED” , you dont see any flash from there guns, and if you listen, the cops are saying ” where did the shots come from? thats why they go to check out the other rooms.

    go back and watch it and see for yourself.

    • Actually the ‘shots’ the police heard was the sound of the door slamming behind them (the door to the room where the attic entrance is). If you watch the clip again carefully you will see this happen in the background.

  22. Personally I didn’t like it the best part was the dragging part and the cop part but other than that it was stupid

  23. hey wsup?? ow u?? listen ive been tryna find da alternate endings to dis movie but i cant find dem if u know wer i can get dem please email me my address is najeebrehman@live.co.uk or inbox me on facebook my name is najeeb ur rehman thanx m8

  24. Na i thought it was good how they built it up too, i tink thats what made it even scarier, cos u eventually figure out that everynight its gonna get worse

  25. no, u r not…believe me, the slow pace of the movie made the movie seem more original, captivating and made the audience more & more anxious about whats gonna happen the next night…. the best horror movie I have seen post “The Ring” in 2002

  26. My co-worker and I were talking about this film yesterday and I told her the only thing that was kind of a dissapointment was the ending. I didnt feel like it fit the flow of the rest of the movie. It felt disjointed. The only ending I have seen so far is the one where she lunges at the camera. I was very happy to learn of the ending where she sits on the floor for days. Especially if what fishglen says is true about the cops not knowing where the shots came from. I think this fits much better. I guess I will have to see it before I can be sure.

    I almost hope there is no sequel. If there is a sequel I hope they dont do to Paranormal Activity what they did to Blair Witch I thought the sequel to Blair Witch was just a cookie cutter money making marketing opportunity. Although I enjoyed it I dont think It fit with the first film at all and should not have carried the blair witch name.

    Please dont ruin paranormal activity by making a big hollywood sequel the couldnt possibly compare to the original.

  27. My co-worker and I were talking about this film yesterday and I told her the only thing that was kind of a dissapointment was the ending. I didnt feel like it fit the flow of the rest of the movie. It felt disjointed. The only ending I have seen so far is the one where she lunges at the camera. I was very happy to learn of the ending where she sits on the floor for days. Especially if what fishglen says is true about the cops not knowing where the shots came from. I think this fits much better. I guess I will have to see it before I can be sure.

    I almost hope there is no sequel. If there is a sequel I hope they dont do to Paranormal Activity what they did to Blair Witch I thought the sequel to Blair Witch was just a cookie cutter money making marketing opportunity. Although I enjoyed it I dont think It fit with the first film at all and should not have carried the blair witch name.

    Please dont ruin paranormal activity by making a big hollywood sequel the couldnt possibly compare to the original.

  28. i have seen the ending when micah is thrown across teh room. its scaree

  29. I saw this movie and thought it was ok. Not very scary at all. I think it didn’t really scare us because before we saw this movie we had watched another movie called “Paranormal Entity”. I thought this movie was way better than Paranormal Activity although it almost the same story line. Watch Paranormal Entity and see for yourself if you don’t like it more than Paranormal Activity. I thought Entity was way spookier and creapier and so did my girlfriend and her sister. Do not know who copied who but to me Entity was much better than Activity. Check for yourself.

    • hey the film your talking about is made by the same guy apparently it was made following the success of paranormal activity hope this sheds some light for you, also thought the film was well made and would be that a lot of people actually think this happened as it sets a real chemistry between the couple and the acting on Katie’s part was brilliant as she actually seem terrified right the way through.

      i saw the theatrical version and thought it was a satisfying end to a good film, though if it were upto me i would have had it end with micha running downstairs the scuffle then silence as katie walks back covered in blood with the shadows on the door again but katie’s shadow holding hands with the other then katie getting in to bed then the bed depressing as the demon lays beside her, and then the scene with the police, but thats just me :)