How to watch Paranormal Activity movies in order - inc Next of Kin

Chris Weston September 22, 2021
How to watch Paranormal Activity movies in order – inc Next of Kin

Continuing in the tradition of such films as The Blair Witch Project, a movie arrived in 2007 that went on to shape the face of found-footage and the haunted house sub-genres for years to come.

Many described it as one of the most terrifying movie-going experiences of all time.

We’re not talking about Alvin And The Chipmunks, or even Norbit. Of course, it’s Paranormal Activity.

Directed by Oren Peli, the project was made on an ultra-low budget and went on to earn millions. It was billed by the masses as a must-see, bringing a bold new vision in horror cinema to the screen.

After all the hype and box-office glory, a follow-up was inevitable. We got five; soon to be six, in fact.

With the forthcoming Next Of Kin set to arrive on Paramount+ on Friday, 29 October 2021, it’s time to revisit the previous entries. So, here’s how to watch the Paranormal Activity movies in order.

Screenshot: “Paranormal Activity” – Official Trailer [HQ HD] – watchCulturetainment YouTube

How to watch Paranormal Activity movies in order

Although you could simply watch the films in order of release, it’s arguably a much more fulfilling experience if you shuffle them around into chronological order.

This paints an intriguing, linear picture of the events. If this sounds good, the way to marathon the franchise is as follows:

  • Paranormal Activity 3
  • Paranormal Activity 2
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Paranormal Activity 4
  • Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones
  • Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
  • Paranormal Activity: Next Of Kin

Although Next Of Kin is featured at the end, you could just as easily watch it first because it’s actually a reboot of the franchise. It doesn’t fit into the continuity of its predecessors, so it’s perhaps best to watch it once you’ve worked through the others.

Now, let’s explain the chronology…

Paranormal Activity chronology explained

As you want to watch the films, we’ll address why this viewing order works best while avoiding spoilers. Here goes!

Paranormal Activity 3 takes place in 2005 – which is still before the first two entries – but the family discovers VHS tapes that date to 1988. The footage on the tapes makes up the remainder of the film.

The second instalment takes place just two months before the original movie, although the film ends with the events that take place after the ending of Paranormal Activity. So, for first-time viewers, the ending will make much more sense when watching the 2007 game-changer.

Paranormal Activity 4 takes place after the ending of the second instalment and one of the characters is now in a new home.

As for The Marked Ones, it’s actually a spin-off so it doesn’t matter too much where you slot it in. However, it’s arguably best to watch at this point considering it takes place in 2012, after the events depicted in the fourth entry.

Then we have The Ghost Dimension. It’s set in 2013, 25 years after the paranormal mayhem began.

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Where are they streaming?

Now you know what order to watch them, you’re probably wondering where exactly you can watch them.

Next Of Kin will be exclusive to Paramount+ but the others in the franchise are available to rent on the likes of Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, Microsoft Store, and so forth.

On Amazon, the rental price ranges from £2.49 to £3.49 but the first film is available with your Prime Video subscription.

So, although you’ll have to pay a little bit to watch them all, they’re easily accessible.

Paranormal Activity: Next Of Kin is on Paramount+ from Friday, 29 October 2021.

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Chris has a First Class Film and Journalism (Joint Honours) degree from De Montfort University and previously studied film at A-level, making him HITC’s resident movie guy. Chris's passion for all things cinema has been with him from a very young age and he has written for a number of publications, from Taste of Cinema to local sites. He has been with HITC for a five years, exploring the world of film and television while looking out for the latest titles to excite and inspire audiences.