The big buzz in the movie world this past weekend has been all about the release of â€śParanormal Activity 2â€ť, the prequel to last yearâ€™s breakout hit â€śParanormal Activityâ€ť. Since the two movies and characters are intertwined, people are still talking about â€śParanormal Activityâ€ť, but did you know it had three other endings?! For more info and video on the â€śParanormal Activityâ€ť alternate endings and how itâ€™s blockbuster counterpart did, keep on reading!
Last fall, people piled into theaters to watch the yearâ€™s most intriguing film, â€śParanormal Activityâ€ť. After an extremely successful viral campaign, the little film that could became one of the most profitable movies ever made. But things could have been much different for not only â€śParanormal Activityâ€ť, but also this yearâ€™s follow-up of â€śParanormal Activity 2â€ť thanks to the last 10 minutes of the film.
â€śParanormal Activityâ€ť was filmed in a week by young filmmaker Oren Peli in his own home, using one camera, for less than $15,000. Most movies will budget $15,000 for catering! After getting rave reviews at independent film festivals, the little film was picked up my Paramount Pictures for a full theatrical release. The production company considered re-shooting the entire film, but decided to keep it in its original format, with just one minor tweakâ€¦ the ending had to go.
Between the original filmmaker, the new production team, and also Steven Spielberg, there were three endings in addition to the one that was released that could have gotten used:
Ending #1 (the original ending): The ending that Oren Peli originally shot involved the implied murder of Micah and a very possessed Katie spending days rocking back and forth on the floor of the bedroom until the cops show up. Paramount has had their video police on the prowl for unapproved release of this ending since last year, but lucky you, you can view the video by clicking HERE!
Ending #2: Paramount decided to film two different endings to replace the original, and tested them with different audiences. The one they ultimately ended up using got the best feedback, but they still included the other alternate ending on the DVD. You can view the other â€śParanormal Activityâ€ť alternate ending right here, at the bottom of this page!
Ending #3: During filming, Oren Peli envision the film ending with demon-Katie beating Micah to death with the camera. However, it was decided that considering the limited budget, and the sheer gruesomeness of the scene, that he would not even attempt to film it, instead opting for Ending #1 at the last minute.
It wasnâ€™t that the original ending was bad, but it didnâ€™t really leave much to the imagination. It also didnâ€™t leave the film open for â€śParanormal Activity 2â€ť. Two out of the three endings that were actually shot for the film result in the death of not only Micah, but Katie as well. With both characters dead, it kind of makes it hard to involve them in any sequel. Since â€śParanormal Activity 2â€ť is a prequel, showing the events 2 months before Micah and Katie begin having problems, they probably could have worked with two dead characters. I donâ€™t want to spoil it for anyone who hasnâ€™t seen it, but any ending other than the one they used would have made for a completely different concept for the ending of â€śParanormal Activity 2â€ť, and squash a lot of possibilities for another potential sequel (or pre-prequel?).
â€śParanormal Activity 2â€ť had the best 3-day opening weekend for a horror film ever, grossing more than $41.3 million. While this film had a much heftier budget than the original at $3 million, that is still pretty minuscule by Hollywood standards, and is up there with it’s sister film for highest profit. With talk of â€śParanormal 3â€ť already starting, I think we will be seeing a lot more of these films in the future! Can you really blame them with numbers like that?!
What do you guys think? Have you seen â€śParanormal Activityâ€ť and â€śParanormal Activity 2â€ť? Did you like the endings? Do you think they should continue making these films? Let us know by leaving a comment below, and check out the one of the â€śParanormal Activityâ€ť alternate endings!
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