Pay The Ghost

5.21 h 34 min2015X-Ray16+
One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Lawford (Nicolas Cage) will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery of the kidnapping and find his son.
Uli Edel
Nicolas CageSarah Wayne Callies
English [CC]
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D. W. BalcomReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Huge Yawn
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Mildly entertaining, takes cues from MANY other/older films.
Transparent plot, unmoving acting, blerg.

I thought "Hey, it's got 4 stars it must be decent?"

Meh, there was one part where I jumped a little bit but that was only because I was reaching for a drink and accidentally spilled it, come to think about it, it had nothing to do with the movie.
11 people found this helpful
PawPawRonReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nick Cage Fans Need To Watch This One
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After watching many stinker films over the past few years in which Nick Cage starred, this was really a great suprisingly good film. Sarah Wayne is a great actress as well and she also provides an excellent performance.

This certainly had a new and different twist to it when it comes to supernatural or paranormal type films. It also brings out the very drop to the ground feeling a parent experiences at the moment they realize their child who only a moment ago was safely standing right next to them and has now disappeared while surrounded by a massive crowd of strangers.

This Nick Cage movie was even better than the one we watched a few days earlier and we have recommended it to our Daughter who is also a fan of Mr. Cage.
4 people found this helpful
MaggieKReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Loved It!
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A well told story which is so important to a successful horror/thriller film. In a lot of today’s movies we see plenty of nothing really, where there are poorly lit scenes going on forever & too much ugliness. To the contrary, THIS movie was great! Loved the family bond between parents & son, the scenes in both the city & family home. Skillful lighting. A ghostly scary story, quite horrific indeed but done with talent & an interesting storyline easy to follow. Nic Cage is a favorite of mine as well as Sarah Wayne Callies.
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MatthewReviewed in the United States on September 22, 2015
3.0 out of 5 stars
A surprisingly entertaining horror movie
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Don't let the goofy title or the generic poster fool you. This is actually a pretty effective horror thriller with Cage bringing his A game. He's done a lot of bad movies over the past few years but this one goes into a category that is much more watchable than some of those other titles. Its a very low budget and you can see the lack of money with some of the effects, though there aren't that many of them so it isn't too big of a deal.

Nic Cage is a college professor whose son goes missing while he buys him an ice cream cone at a Halloween carnival. After the police investigation goes nowhere, he begins his own investigation into his son's disappearance which leads him into realizing that it wasn't a human who took his boy but something very old otherworldly that has been at this for a long time.

There are some jump scares but the movie does a good job of building up the tension throughout the movie. Like I already said, Cage does a great job as the lead but the story doesn't do much for the other main characters. Sarah Wayne Callies from The Walking Dead plays the wife of Cage's character and she is completely wasted her. Lyriq Bent, Rigg from the Saw films, plays the cop investigating the disappearance of Cage's son. He gets a few really good scenes in the movie and then abruptly disappears before the third act. Honestly both characters could have been cut from the movie and it wouldn't have made a huge difference.

The plot is similar to Insidious but its not a complaint. Watch it.
29 people found this helpful
Eli BealsReviewed in the United States on February 9, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
A cheesy scoop of ghostly deus ex machina
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Now, I don't expect much from Nic Cage, I like him, he has been in many great movies. He is, at this point a comforting presence in a movie. To commiserate with as you plod along with him through cumbersome plots, often just as confused about what is going on as you are.
I am only too happy to adventure with him, whether he is stealing cars, the declaration of independence, or thwarting vengeful child stealing ghosts.
This movie is a buffet of fun horror tropes and cliches that seem to be fighting each other for dominance.
I couldn't decide what was the scariest thing, so I put in all the scary things that I saw in other movies - director probably.
Due to budget constraints there was no elevator full of blood, or stay puft marshmallow men, and also nowhere at any point were any ghosts paid...
A mediocre horror movie, carried solely on Mr. Cages charisma.
5 people found this helpful
LuckyL1111Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
All Hallows Celebration Movie - Dark Laughter - Vultures Cry - Woman Cries
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I never thought I would write a movie review calling a Nicholas Cage flick a #HALLOWEEN Flick of the Highest Order! This is a haunting tale of what we fear can happen on any given night of Carnival or certainly All Hallows Eve. Strange how we can find safety in a horrific tale where children are disappeared on Halloween night, especially when kids are kidnapped/missing at such alarming rates - oddly enough, the ending was happy - and comfort in that The Monster loses a battle, possibly on the road to hell, loses the war against innocence.
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honeybunchReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Good Solid Old School Halloween Horror Flick
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For those who need to be constantly bombarded by special effects and a jump out your seat fright every five seconds this is NOT the film for you. Pay the Ghost is a slow paced build up to a wallop of an ending. Nicolas Cage has his obligatory freak-out scene - but isn't that what we all wait for in his movies? He's great in anything he does as far as I'm concerned. He's surrounded by a good cast and some very moody, atmospheric directing that makes this not just horror but suspenseful. This a great movie for watching at home when you're feeling lazy and want to be scared, but not too scared.
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L234Reviewed in the United States on August 14, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
An alright movie that could have been great.
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The story is very interesting, but has a lot of branching off that gets rushed to a finish. This movie could have easily been 2 or 3 movies. Deep questions are quickly answered and mysteries suddenly solved simply to allow a 90 minute cut time. The antagonist goes from dark and mysterious to B-Movie villain simply for a finale fight. They left an open ending implying there could be a sequel, but they wrapped up the main story,. Any questions about motive or intention now become moot. This film could benefit heavily from an extended directors cut that fleshes out the villain and the journey it took to get to them.
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