A professor frantically searches for his son who was abducted during a Halloween carnival.


Uli Edel


Tim Lebbon (novel), Dan Kay (screenplay)
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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 »


Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


Sarah plays Dr. Sara Tancredi in Prison Break (2005). She is the love interest of Michael Scofield. For this film, she plays wife of another character named Michael (Cage). See more »


After the woman is thrown out of the church window, the ambulance has no bus number (unit ID). See more »


Mike Lawford: [after seeing a wall with Pay the Ghost written all over it] What does it mean?
Blind Man: Just what it says I guess.
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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 »


Referenced in Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Debt Buyers (2016) See more »


Bar Top Dancer
Written by Brian Jackson Harris
Performed by Electroillusion
Published by Psychedelic Records Publishing
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Simple fright for Sunday night
21 September 2015 | by google-742-846698See all my reviews

Having enjoyed 'vintage Cage' in The Rock, Con Air, Face-Off, Captain Correli etc, frankly, I was hoping for a comeback, but, I didn't find it. Scripting at times is woefully simple, used to stitch the scenes, 'we need to discover xyz', 'how will we do that' and into the next scene! It feels predictable, it doesn't go deep, on the plus side, there were a couple of goose-bump scares, so I was submerged well enough at points and certainly the pace picks up during the final third. If there was a blackout power cut during the film, I wouldn't even consider to go back to finish it, it is not a good film, but, its not a bad one. Sunday evening B grade fodder.

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25 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »


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