Surprisingly, Twitter buzz on Paranormal Activity 3 isn't about the scary moments in the movie. It is, instead, all about the missing scary moments.
The movie has performed amazingly well at the box office; even better than its predecessor, in fact, with the best opening day gross since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 back in July, totaling $54 million. However, almost 50 per cent of the footage in the TV spots is not in the final film. According to Inside Pulse, the production team behind Paranormal Activity 3 had enough leftover footage to compile two completely different versions of the same movie, some of which they used to create the TV spots and theatrical trailer.
There is No Bloody Mary
One of the most talked-about moments in the trailer was when sisters Katie and Kristi played the Bloody Mary game while hanging out in the bathroom, which makes the ghastly black figure appear in the dark. However, in the movie Katie plays the game with her stepfather's friend, Randy. They go into the girls' bathroom and say Bloody Mary three times and turn off the light. When nothing happens, Katie insists they try again. Randy is stricken with pain and the lights reveal a large scratch up the side of his body. When they try to leave the bathroom, a black figure's presence is only felt, never really shown. When Randy tries to leave a second time, furniture is violently thrown around.
No Shooting Water
The trailers show a chilling moment when Julie, the sisters' mother, is having a chat with Kristi about her imaginary friend Toby. Kristi then says Toby is standing right next to Julie and suddenly throws a glass of water on Toby. The next moment you are startled to see that the water shoots in another direction, apparently directed by an invisible Toby. However, the movie had no shooting glass of water. The scene ends with Kristi saying that Toby is nearby. She doesn't really proceed to scare her mother with magic water.
Is There a Lawsuit Awaiting the Producers?
If the Ryan Gosling-starrer Drive can be sued (a Michigan woman is suing the distribution company because she felt the trailers for Drive misrepresented the film), Paramount Pictures could certainly be taken to court for advertisements using footage specifically shot for trailers.
However, one has to admit that the practice of using different footage for trailers and the film isn't exactly new. The American remake of Godzilla successfully used a better trailer, with scenes that never appeared in the final cut.