9. The End?
Spoiler Alert! This last chunk should only really be read once you've seen the film. No, really. Don't blame us if you feel demonically possessed to keep going…
The ending of the film? Not the original. In fact, Peli shot several finales to the movie, and the one which currently plays was suggested by Steven Spielberg himself.
"The original ending that I shot was different, and it was well-received by some but not all," Peli told MTV. "So when the studio got involved, one of the things that we wanted to try and improve was the ending.
"We tried a couple of different endings, including the one you see now, and that's the one that by far worked out the best. So we were very happy to stick with it."
In the current cut, the final moments see Micah bodily thrown into the bedroom, directly at the camera. As he lies slumped on the floor, unmoving, Katie enters the room and crawls over to him very unnaturally on all fours, as if possessed. She sniffs at the body and then leans into the camera, an evil smile across her face. Audiences at initial Paranormal Activity screenings in 2007 and 2008 saw something much different.
"The original ending involved cops arriving to the scene of the crime at the very end," explains the director. The crime in question occurs off-screen, with Katie apparently stabbing Micah downstairs.
"She then returns to the bedroom, huddling on the floor against the bed until the police arrive and the credits roll. Summing up his impressions on the original ending, Peli said, "it wasn't very exciting or thrilling compared to the current ending."
We'd argue differently, but your mileage may vary - and hopefully we'll get to see them all on DVD...
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