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How to Watch Paranormal Activity Movies in Order [Chronologically and By Release Date]

Grossing over $850 million at the world wide box office, The Paranormal Activity film series is packed with chills and unexpected surprises, this breakthrough horror franchise phenomenon, have enticed and terrified audiences around the globe.

Typically center on a family that experiences a haunting by the Book of Tobit’s demon Asmodeus (also known as “Tobi”), who terrorizes and kills multiple members of the family and others in the community. Paranormal Activity is an American supernatural horror franchise consisting of eight films and additional media. Created by Oren Peli. The movies follows the story of a family that is haunted by demons that terrify and murder several members of the family and even other bystanders. Each film follows at least one family member’s encounter with a demon and how it eventually possesses them and murders people. To understand the full movies series with thrills, chills and unexpected surprises, Here is the best guide for you to watch Paranormal Activity Movies in order, the event takes place.


How to Watch Paranormal Activity Movies in Chronological Order

1. Paranormal Activity 3 (2011)

It is the third (chronologically, the first) installment of the Paranormal Activity series and serves as a prequel, mostly set 18 years prior to the events of the first two films. Paranormal Activity 3 set in September 1988, focuses on a younger Katie and Kristi, who live with their mother Julie and her boyfriend, Dennis, in Santa Rosa, California. As they experience sightings and then encounter “Tobi” the demon for the very first time. Concerned, Dennis decides to set up a few cameras around the house with the help of his friend Randy, who also encounters “Tobi” as well. There are many cameras set around the house, one of which is attached to a small oscillating fan that moves the camera back and forth from the kitchen area to the living room and vice versa. The film also uses a hand-held camera handled mainly by Dennis.


2. Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

The second installment in the Paranormal Activity film series, Paranormal Activity 2 is a prequel to the 2007 film Paranormal Activity, beginning two months before and following up with the events depicted in the original film. Set in August 2006, one month before the events of the first film, Katie’s sister Kristi and her family reside in Carlsbad, California, where they experience strange activity after her baby, named Hunter, is born. The film uses security cameras and in some scenes, a hand-held camera to film the activity in the house.


3. Paranormal Activity (2007)

The first (chronologically, the third) entry in the Paranormal Activity film series, Paranormal Activity set in October 2006, centers on a young couple Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, who are haunted by a supernatural presence in their home. They then set up a camera to document what is haunting them. The film utilizes found-footage conventions that were mirrored in the later films of the series.


4. Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night


This is a novelty for the industry, because there have never been two parallel sequels for different national markets before.

In addition, “Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night” offers an independent story and differs fundamentally from the American sequel. In the film, Two brothers returning to Tokyo, following a trip to San Diego, discover that they have imported a sinister presence, it seems, the same one that tormented the pair of protagonists of the original. With the promise of keeping the audience glued to their seats, with new thrills and twists, The film follows the American model perfectly,Haruka Yamano, who was in a car accident that broke her legs. She stayed home with her brother while their father was away as strange activity started happening in the house. It is later revealed that Haruka killed the possessed Katie in the car accident, causing the demon to transfer to her.

Author and director is Toshikazu Nagae, who already gained experience in the subgenre of the ghost film in 2002 with “Ghost System”. However, it remains to be seen whether there will also be international marketing of the Japanese sequel.


5. Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

The fourth installment in the Paranormal Activity series, and a sequel to Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity 4 set several years later. Set in November 2011, the film focuses on Alex Nelson and her family residing in a neighborhood in Henderson, Nevada. The family began to experience hauntings, concerning Alex’s adopted brother, Wyatt, after Katie and her mysterious son, Robbie, move in across the street. Alex is helped by her boyfriend, Ben, to film the activity via MacBook webcams, a video camera, an iPhone camera, and Kinect technology.


6. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014)

The fifth installment of the Paranormal Activity film series. Paranormal Activity 5 set in June 2012, the film follows a Latino community in Oxnard, California, where a group of high school graduates deals with the demon of a mysterious cult which has “marked” one of them. They document their experiences using basic tools of recording and with clues from the previous films to try to understand what is happening to them. The Marked Ones is the last film in the series to feature Katie Featherston.


7. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

The sixth installment in the Paranormal Activity series, Paranormal Activity 6 takes place after Paranormal Activity 4 (2012), though the plot ties in heavily with the events of Paranormal Activity 3 (2011). Set in December 2013, the film follows the Fleeges, a family of three who, after having relocated to a house in Santa Rosa, California, discover several tapes, set in 1992, that show Katie and Kristi in the midst of their initiation ritual to enter a demonic coven. The family begins to be haunted by the demon when the daughter, Leila, is targeted as she was born on the same date as Hunter from Paranormal Activity 2. Along with normal recorders, the family also discovers a unique video recorder that can visibly show supernatural happenings, which they use to record the increasing paranormal activities.


8. Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin (2021)

The seventh installment of the Paranormal Activity series, Paranormal Activity 7 is a stand-alone sequel that follows Margot as she heads to a secluded Amish community, in the hopes of meeting and learning about her long-lost mother and extended family. Following a string of strange occurrences and discoveries, she soon realizes this community that welcomed them into their home might be hiding something sinister.


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How many Paranormal Activity movies are there?

The Paranormal Activity film series consists of EIGHT (8) films, typically based around various families who become haunted by the demon Asmodeus “Tobi” of the Book of Tobit.


All Paranormal Activity Movies in Order of Release Date

Here is the Paranormal Activity movie series, in the order, they were released.

1. Paranormal Activity — October 14, 2007

2. Paranormal Activity 2 — October 22, 2010

3. Paranormal Activity 2: Tokyo Night — November 20, 2010 [in Japan]

4. Paranormal Activity 3 — October 21, 2011

5. Paranormal Activity 4 — October 19, 2012

6. Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones — January 03, 2014

7. Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension — October 23, 2015

8. Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin — October 29, 2021

9. Paranormal Activity: The Other Side — TBA


Where to watch Paranormal Activity Series in Order?

You are able to stream The Paranormal Activity series in order by renting or purchasing on Amazon Prime because it is pretty much solely available to watch on Amazon Prime, you may be able to Rent and buy on Vudu and Apple TV.


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