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Pay the Ghost (2015)



Critic Consensus: Pay the Ghost takes a weak stab at supernatural horror, but ultimately, it's only viewers who will pay for watching this sloppily assembled picture.

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One year after his young son disappeared during a Halloween carnival, Mike Cole is haunted by eerie 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 a legend that refuses to remain buried in the past.

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Nicolas Cage
as Mike Lawford
Lyriq Bent
as Detective Reynolds
Lauren Beatty
as Annie Sawquin
Sofia Wells
as Middle Child
Jack Fulton
as Charlie
Ho Chow
as Dai Wok Cook
Omar Alex Khan
as Medical Examiner
Kalie Hunter
as Ghost Annie
Liam Buckle
as Eldest Child
Aidan Wojtak
as Hissong-Youngest Child
Caroline Gillis
as Priestess
Janet Lo
as Jai Wen
Darren Frost
as Ice Cream Vendor
Breeanna Booth
as University Student
Mark Irvingsen
as Angry Villager
Katerina Kerfoot
as Singing Lost Child
Fabio Lusvarghi
as Nun (Halloween Parade)
Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
as Lokos-Mr. Moldanado
Benjamin Wiebe
as Ghost Child
Sydney Cross
as l'enfant fantôme
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Critic Reviews for Pay the Ghost

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (8)

If it's remembered for nothing else, and it almost certainly won't be, Uli Edel's "Pay the Ghost" can at least make a claim to being the first film to feature a haunted razor scooter in a horror setpiece.

September 26, 2015 | Full Review…

A new low for Nicolas Cage. Just when you thought he couldn't get any more apathetic about a role, he pops up in this lazy, boring retread of "Insidious" that even his most diehard fans should ignore.

September 25, 2015 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Fine, sure, "Pay the Ghost" if you have to. But do not pay good American money to see the movie of the same name.

September 25, 2015 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Sludgy greens and smudged blacks assault the eyes, and crashing sound cues accompany every scare - dead giveaways of a director, Uli Edel, who trusts neither his audience nor his images.

September 25, 2015 | Full Review…

Tidbits that would make the film interesting have been squandered. Instead, we get the standard-issue haunted-house fodder.

September 24, 2015 | Full Review…

In "Pay the Ghost," Nicolas Cage investigates a supernatural abduction but has no solution for the maggot-eaten zombie that is his undead career.

September 24, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pay the Ghost


The supernatural thriller Pay the Ghost is a creepy and atmospheric horror film. After a year of searching for his abducted son, college professor Mike Lawford begins to see his son's spirit reaching out for him and learns that he was taken to a netherworld by a witch. Nicolas Cage and Sarah Wayne Callies lead the cast and give fairly good performances. And the mystery is built up rather well; delivering an interesting backstory for the witch and the legend that surrounds her. Still, the pacing can be kind of slow and the directing is pretty bland. While it's a little formulaic and the low-budget quality shows through, Pay the Ghost manages to scare up a few chills.

Dann Michalski
Dann Michalski

Super Reviewer

If you enjoy Nicolas Cage, then you will enjoy this film. I enjoyed this film as it dealt with things you do not normally see in horror films today. The film kept me on the edge of my seat and had some great effects. I guess you would need to suspend belief a bit to enjoy this film, but well worth the cost I paid on blu-ray. Glad I own it. Take a chance and give it a viewing. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did..

V for Vendetta
V for Vendetta

Super Reviewer

Sooooooooo bad! But this is so very entertaining. Worth a watch if you love bad Cage movies.

Stephen Skudlarek
Stephen Skudlarek

Super Reviewer

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