Paranormal Activity: The Story Explained in 3 Minutes [VIDEO]

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Psycho made you afraid of the shower. Jaws made you scared of the ocean. And after seeing Paranormal Activity, a lot of people thought twice about the everyday creaks and bumps in their homes. Five years later, the franchise is still going strong with Paranormal Activity 4.

Paranormal Activity 2&3 built on the mythology of the first film, but given their narrative positioning (as prequel-sequels) it can be hard to keep the story straight. To get you psyched up for PA4 (and remind you what the story actually is) we’ve distilled the first three films and  trailers for the fourth into three spine-tingling minutes.

It’s all in chronological story order, starting with Part 3 when Katie and Kristi are children, then moving on to Part 2 with grownup Kristi’s family – and finally, the original Paranormal Activity with Katie and her boyfriend Micah. Of course, in addition to the story bits, we’ve also included some of the series’ best scares as well. Will a character get demon-thrown into the camera in Paranormal Activity 4? We’ll just have to wait and see.

 Paranormal Activity: The Story Explained in 3 Minutes [VIDEO]

In the meantime, we’re not going to dwell on the fact that the entire plot of this three (now four)-part series can be so easily distilled into three minutes – after all, the various set piece scares are really the driving force behind this franchise, right?

If you enjoyed this Screen Rant mash-up video, be sure to watch our other mashups: Bourne to be Alive, Prepare for The Dark Knight Rises in 7 Minutes, & Amazing Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) Saves Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire).


Paranormal Activity 4 hits theaters October 19, 2012.

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  1. Pfft. I thought twice about the noises my house makes long before the Paranormal Activity movies came out.

  2. This is just awesome

  3. And it’s a shame that number 4 didn’t add much more to the story (other than a newer and much more ridiculous way of filming all of the action). I would recommend skipping number 4 and just watching the next one of these videos when Paranormal Activity 5 comes out (you know it’s gonna).

  4. Are people actually scared by these movies?

  5. i still dont get it

  6. That was really well made. Great job!

  7. I agree with the first comment. I’ve been aware of the fact that spirits exist and can mess with you and your stuff at will.

  8. These movies are crap.

  9. I have a very distinct and presise theory about this franchise. I think that if you watch the films from 4-1 you will understand more as they go backwards in time. If you look at them,you will notice the one which focus on the two sisters as adults that Katie is pregnant.Then go back to number 3 and she has a baby hunter at the start.As number 3 goes back in time it shows the grandmothers cult taking Katie upstairs ‘to get ready’ this suggests that she will be impregnated,I think Hunter/Wyat is this child. But who did she have the baby with? I think it was the demon who they needed a virgin for, she then steals Hunter and the baby in my opinion,is part of some demonic plan the cult has agreed with Toby, the cult has direct connections with Toby for sure. Seeing as these girls have been followed by this demon since a young age it seems although the grandmother had made a deal with Toby for these girls prior to their birth.In p.a3 the little girl is talking to Toby and says ‘I’ll do it’ Is she agreeing to be impregnated by Toby? I think that the story of Katie has been planned for her ,her whole life. My understanding of the series is that the grandmother has planned this for her or may even be controlling Toby. Please excuse my literature as I am only 13.

  10. i am more confused now