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PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3
USA: Paramount Pictures
UK: Paramount Pictures
Cast: Chloe Csengery, Jessica Tyler Brown, Christopher Nicholas Smith, Lauren Bittner, Dustin Ingram, Maria Olsen, Katie Featherston, Molly Ephraim, Sprague Grayden
Directors: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman
USA & UK: 84 mins
USA Rated: R for some violence, language, brief sexuality and drug use
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and threat
USA Release Date: 21 October 2011
UK Release Date: 21 October 2011
Objects moving of their own accord. Lights turning on and off in the middle of the night. Growls and footsteps echoing throughout the house. Welcome to the world of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY.
Making its debut in 2007 at the Screamfest Film Festival in California, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY was officially released at the box office on 25 November, 2009. For its opening weekend alone, Paranormal Activity made £3,593,762 in the UK. This is unbelievable, considering that the film itself was made with less than $15,000 (£9,400). Director Oren Peli spent a year redecorating his own home to use for the entire set of Paranormal Activity. Allegedly, Katie and Micah, the two lead actors, were only paid $550 (£350) each for 10 days of filming. Paramount bought the rights to PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, and any other sequels that may be filmed, for $300,000 (£190,000).
The sequel, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 in 20101 made even more than PARANORMAL ACTIVITY did for its opening weekend at the box office. However, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2 included the same cast as the first film, except director Oren Peli was replaced by Tod Williams for the second film. Unfortunately, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY fans thought that the first movie was slightly better than the sequel.
Beginning with PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, a young couple, Katie and Micah, both move into a new house together. They began to be plagued with unexplainable phenomena, such as objects moving by themselves and footsteps inside the house with no one there. Realising that Katie is haunted by a demon, they try to get rid of it. In PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, the film shifts to Katie's sister, Kristi, who is married and has a one year-old son. There seems to have been a pact made with a demon by Kristi's great grandmother, and the demon wants the first born male as payment. This film sets up the background for the first PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movie.
Finally, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 is the prequel for the first two PARANORMAL ACTIVITY movies and goes back in time to Katie's and Kristi's childhood, when the children are first haunted by the demon. The film is set in 1985 where we learn about the origins of Kate and Kristi's paranormal activity, and that that they truly are keeping it in the family.
A new set of directors, Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, have taken the helm of PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3, and both of them have experience working and directing films together. In 2010, Henry and Ariel directed the film CATFISH, a documentary about a young man who becomes involved in a relationship over Facebook that takes him on an adventure of truth and discovery.