Big Surprise: 'Paranormal Activity 3' Hits Theaters October 2011

November 17, 2010
Source: Bloody Disgusting

Paranormal Activity

Since the first sequel has raked in $156 million worldwide so far, and it only cost about $3 million to make, it's no surprise that Paramount is eager to get Paranormal Activity 3 off of the ground. It looks like the next sequel will come as fast as the Saw sequels started launching after their Halloween box office success as Bloody Disgusting reports the studio and producer Oren Peli (who directed the first Paranormal Activity) have set an October 21st, 2011 release date for the threequel. Though no details are known about the story yet, the second film offered some hints and possible paths the next installment might go. Spoilers ahead!

Since Tod Williams essentially delivered a prequel/sequel that both showed events before and immediately following the horror of the first film, I think that once again the next sequel will have to go further into the past. Collider came up with a few potential plots (both real and tongue-in-cheek) for the sequel shortly after Paranormal Activity 2 dominated the box office, but I've got my own ideas about where the story should take us. Many people think we should simply go back to when Katie Featherston and her sister Kristi were children and the infamous demon tormented and haunted them in their bedroom. That seems too easy, and somewhat difficult considering video camera technology wasn't all that great back in the day to justify keeping the "found footage" feel of the franchise.

Personally, I don't think we have to go back that far. When the sisters were talking about the strange happenings in the second film, Katie warned Kristi that she shouldn't dwell on them or she'll end up just like their mother. To me, that doesn't imply that she's dead, but that she's likely gone crazy with thoughts of this demon. Since we don't know why the demon suddenly came to Kristi's house, it would be great to have the third film set in a mental hospital where Katie and Kristi's mother is locked up and where the demon begins its aggressive attack on their family.

Think about the possibilities! The hospital would have security cameras all over the place to see the demon in action, and no one would think anything of it if patients pointed out the strange happenings since they're all crazy anyway. There we would see the demon messing with the mother and likely discovering how he comes back to claim the first born son of the family whose ancestors likely made a deal with the devil as hinted in the second film. It would up the ante and continue to tell us more about this demon and his origins. That's my two cents, but we still have to find out who will end up directing it. What do you guys think?

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  • Jaron Kacy
    Meh. Great, another Saw Franchise.
    • Mad Hattr
      Unlike saw, paranormal activity is a HORROR movie, and a good one at that. They won't make 8 movies that don't actually tell a story about the main characters and their family. Paranormal activity 1&2 have a great story line, great delivery, and is ACTUALLY scary. I'm a horror movie fanatic and nothing scares me, but this movie is wild. So think before you open your mouth
  • A5J4DX
    wtf no!
  • notalent
    I didn't care for either of the first 2, so I don't expect the 3rd to be any better.
    • CARLthedemon
      why are you even commenting then.. why would you even come to this website if you don't like the movies? Quit being a vagina!
  • lmao
    By now it's SAFE to say that this is the new SAW franchise
  • quaked2023
    Hey Ethan what gives? No hot celeb pic in this post? hahaha
  • Chanel
    Ethan, I agree with your idea. I think that's where they should go since they did bring it up in the film but very quick and quietly. And maybe this time the demon can talk to the mother somehow about the fact that a baby boy hasn't been produced yet. I can't wait. But I see these movies more funny then anything. In the first one when she is pulled out of bed, I laughed so hard tears started to fall. Then when it happened again in the second but with stairs....ROTF LMBO!!!
  • abcdefg
    Hope its in 3D!
  • Robbie
    And what about the baby Ethan?
    • Long Haired Fiend
      • poop
        I think he is asking another poster who he knows as "Ethan".
        • poop
          oops, the author of the article is Ethan. so that's who he was questioning.
  • dRailer
    @#5 he's got Natalie Portman in a Black Swan Flash ad, and Emma Watson in a banner... I think he's got it covered. 😉
  • Al
    this franchise sucks. by the way, a third was inevitable.
    • Your mom
      ...go bite yourself in the back ya fancy son of a narwhal
  • Spider94
    • Renee
      Lol Paranormal Activity 6 : What, you thought this was over?!? Andd Paranormal Activity 7 Jersey shore Edition : We got a Situation
  • beavis
    as long as there are people willing to pay for this crap - it'll keep getting made.
  • Cracky
    Horror franchises are the back-bone of American cinema. They are always needed and they do us movie-goers the most good. I am also a liar and full of shit.
    • Renee
  • cool89
    Why are there so many negative comments? As long as the demon remains unknown and keeps terrorising its awesome!!
  • Robbie
    I agree with #14.
  • after watching the 2nd film i would have bet my house on this happening
  • migz
    I agree with #14 and #15. If you post you have probably seen both films.....
  • I have no name
    I saw the first and the second the day the second one was out. And I actually enjoyed both of them. So am glad they are making a third one but, I just hope it ends there.
  • Da Man
    I think the Paranormal Activity movies are pretty sweet actually. They're not too serious all the time but they're still pretty thrilling. This idea for an asylum installment or whatever seems kinda awesome, this could be like a horror franchise that isn't totally retarded like Saw and junk. Or it'll just start sucking and spiral into retarded awfulness from this point on. But, you know, fingers crossed.
  • Cruzer
    #1 My thoughts exactly. The first was good and there was NEVER any need for a sequel, let alone turning it into a franchise like Saw. FAIL!!!
  • Mau-Dee
    I actually really enjoy this franchise and thought the sequel did what few sequels do in actually being both a GOOD follow up as well as adding to the mythology behind the story. I love the asylum idea but maybe the third one can be BOTH flash backs and liver in the "now." What if the younger sister sets out to find her brother and aunt documenting it to expose what's happening to none believers. She could visit her mom and maybe she scores (rips off) surveillance tapes by breaking into the archives. we could see her discovering the events with us as we see her mother tormented by the demon. this could have a documentary meets surveillance meets found footage trio combo. Dont know but the fact that lots of people are pondering the possibilities tells me this film is a stroke of spooky genius. I'm 100% down for a third one and psyched that I have something to look forward to next Halloween other than that crap shock fest for brainless idiots of SAW..
  • yinloveyang
    Oh, people, do you know Rec movies? They want to make 4 movies. So Paranormal activity can have 4 movies too. Or only 3 movies, it doesn´t matter.
    • AKguest
      'Quarantine' is based off of the REC movies......not paranormal activity....
  • yinloveyang
    I´m wondering through. Rec 3 will be about this girl from the past, who was infected as the first person, how are they going to make it? When was the first camera invited?
  • Belfastbecca
    i think it should be about kristi's stepdaughter where the baby is heard crying and katie haunts her
  • Abcde
    I totally agree with #14.
  • rob
    is the paranormal activity true?
  • Ken Brown
    I'm reasonably sure the father in PA2 was responsible for the demon in the movies. The fact that the daughter immediately assumes someone from Katie's family is responsible cries red herring. After all her dad used to not be rich, and now owns a few Burger Kings, not to mention his insistence that nothing is happening which at a point borders on psychotic.
  • Brian
    one problem. how did katie get locked up in the mental hospital while being possessed by that demon?
    • Yourvenomouskiss
      "where Katie and Kristi's mother is locked up" I think you read it wrong... he is just saying.. their mother is locked up, not Katie;
  • Dan
    I think it was a great idea and all and that the movie would go down in history. But then they made a second one and now there just pushing it. Kind of ruins the whole thing.
  • DevilProxy
    One problem with the "Katie in an asylum" idea. The events depicted in the film took place in 2006, but are only being "revealed to the viewer" presently in 2009/10.. And Katie's and Hunter's whereabouts are still unknown. Would have been a neat concept tho, but a hell of a plot hole.
  • Renee
    No I don't like the idea of a pa3. I think it would end up like any typical horror flick when they keep pushing it.. For example, Blair witch one and then the direction they took with Blair witch 2...
  • Crawfordjk2000
    Paranormal Activity 7: The Demon goes Hell
  • Hitman21087
    I dont agree. Personally, I think it should go into a detailed "Demon hunt" for lack of better term, with the sister of Hunter looking for him.
  • Heymrshesmysister
    i actually think your idea is fantastic!! its genius!!
  • Nfortin24
    I actually liked these movies, the "handy cam" feel is always good to me. I think that idea is OK. I don't know if they can really do a Demon Hunting kind of theme with the daughter just for the whole security cam hand cam feel. I think it wouldn't be bad if they did a sort of "Ghost Hunters/Adventures" kind of thing, with investigators inside the houses being terrorized by the demon. And would LOVE to see Zak Baggins in this movie being gutted... lol, just a personal wish but w/e they decide to do with this third movie I hope they keep the same feel to it.
  • Jvarela94
    I believe it would be a good idea to film #3 at the hospital like the director said there would be cameras and one problem if the people in the hospital are crazy how would they know is a demon or not how does kristi get out. Might as well start from the very beggining when the family in their child hood that way it can make perfect sense... remember the 1st and 2nd they complain that it foloowed them when they were 8 and the more they spoke of it the more it got worse... my idea is start at hospital when mom giving birth of kristi then years later when they make a deal with the demon her mom gets crazy kristi get possessed and goes on when the mom and kristi are at the hospital... for advice contact me @
  • Chadwick0211
    Everyone has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to movies. Everyone's a top notch critic who tries to value their own opinions as facts. I never listen to any of these self proclaimed critics and I'm my own critic. I personally enjoyed both parts to these movies and I look forward to the third instalment.
  • Lmashouf
    i like you idea better!
  • nichole
    the baby needs to be the demon. i would shit myself.
  • yea great prediction..
  • Tange 15
     So i love these movies i dragged my parents to them because im 13 and couldnt go by myself but i kinda like the idea with the mother i also wanna know a little about there childhood with the demon
  • Bazinga
    Keen for th third. It can only get better noting progress from th first t second.
  • shortypenguin
    I frankly would love a third. I love the PA Franchise!  😀
  • Dennisandtami
    Very excited. First one had me sleeping with the lights on, second, not so much but am looking forward to the third
  • Nick
    Paranormal Activity X Followed by Paranormal Activity vs. The Fourth Kind
  • Blondiebabe5985
    Loved both on these movies! First one gave me a few more jumps but they both were awesome! Can't wait till october 21st! Paranormal activity 3 here I come!
  • Xsohillaryousx
    Mental hospital demons already been done. Don't remember the name of the movie but there was a rabbi and the demon was based off of Jewish folklore
  • Abcd1234
    I am still wondering about the chick in the first one, she was in the second one and we still don't know what or where she went btw I'm still excited about paranormal activity lll




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