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Pay the Ghost

5/10
Horror . Thriller . Drama . Mystery
 

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.

 
Actors: Nicolas Cage , Sarah Wayne Callies , Veronica Ferres , Lyriq Bent , Lauren Beatty , Kalie Hunter , Jack Fulton , Stephen McHattie , Susannah Hoffmann , Mark Irvingsen
Directors: Uli Edel
Country: CANADA
Release: 2015-09-16
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  • Jesse Hassenger

    The movie’s B-movie flimsiness is pervasive, and paired with an overall lack of B-movie flair, though director Uli Edel makes some game yarn-spinning attempts.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

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

    New York Post Full Review
  • Frank Scheck

    Whatever you have to pay, it's too much.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Martin Tsai

    Tidbits that would make the film interesting have been squandered. Instead, we get the standard-issue haunted-house fodder. The ghosts manifest in so many different ways that it seems like the movie is grasping for straws.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Dan Kay’s filament-thin story, accessorized with flapping vultures and disturbing graffiti, relies entirely on Mr. Cage’s desperate-dad energy.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    The script doesn't know the difference between being something scary and pointing at something scary. It's less a film than a series of imitative gestures, a bunch of horror signifiers pointing to nothing.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Pay the Ghost, out in very limited release today, is 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.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Gary Garrison

    The highest compliment that can be made of the movie is that it is harmless: never laughably bad, never painful, just pure mediocrity, from start to finish.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    This somnolent supernatural thriller is a low-energy wash from start to finish.

    Variety Full Review
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