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Pay the Ghost (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 25 September 2015 (USA)
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A professor frantically searches for his son who was abducted during a Halloween carnival.


Uli Edel


Tim Lebbon (novel), Dan Kay (screenplay)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Mike Lawford
Sarah Wayne Callies ... Kristen
Veronica Ferres ... Hannah
Lyriq Bent ... Jordan
Lauren Beatty ... Annie Sawquin
Kalie Hunter ... Ghost Annie
Jack Fulton ... Charlie
Stephen McHattie ... Blind Man
Susannah Hoffmann ... Jane
Juan Carlos Velis ... Cop
Mark Irvingsen ... Angry Villager #1
Liam Buckle Liam Buckle ... Eldest Child
Sofia Wells ... Middle Child
Aidan Wojtak-Hissong ... Youngest Child
Caroline Gillis Caroline Gillis ... Priestess


One year after Mike Lawford's young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, he is haunted by ghostly images and terrifying messages he can't explain. Together with his estranged wife, he will stop at nothing to unravel the mystery and find their son-and, in doing so, he unearths the legend of the crying woman who refuses to remain buried in the past.

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He'll stop at nothing to save his son. See more »


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First announced in 2010 with Dennis Iliadis as the director. See more »


While the autopsy is being performed on the psychic medium, he cuts an incision into her body which draws a line of blood something which is not possible in a dead body. What makes this even less likely is that her insides are badly burned including the heart so where would the blood be coming from? See more »


Charlie: Daddy, can we pay the ghost?
Mike Lawford: Pay the what?
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Crazy Credits

In a mid-credits scene Hannah's corpse is being picked at by ravens. A close up shot of her face ends with her eyelids opening up to reveal black eyes. See more »


Portal Song
Written by Joseph LoDuca
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Pay The Ghost.....Attention!
20 September 2015 | by albereinsteinSee all my reviews

Pay the Ghost was for my money, a very decent not trying to be a horror but more suspenseful drama unfolding. Nicholas Cage who son is abducted by three century vengeful ghost who takes little children on Halloween. The flow of the story was very smooth with not a lot empty clues to leave you wondering what would happen next. I'm not Cage fan, but I do like a good Sunday afternoon film that keeps your attention span for more than an hour, and this road to recovery for his career film did just that. There were even a few parts that took me by surprise (in a good scary way) and kept me wanting to know how this story would end. That's how you know got my attention. Overall it was good to see Cage is something that just made sense. The last film I saw him in was Left Behind, and that title is exactly where he should've left that script. If you just like a decent story with a few good jumps, give this one a watch, You can pay the ghost attention.

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