Monday, November 9, 2015

DVD Review: Pay The Ghost


Pay The Ghost
Director: Uli Edel
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies
Studio: RLJ Entertainment
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Retail: $29.96
Running Time: 94 minutes
Buy Link: Amazon
Rating: Not Rated


Arriving on DVD tomorrow is the supernatural thriller Pay The Ghost. Directed by Uli Edel, the film stars Nicholas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas) and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Waking Dead). There are no special features or extras on the single-disc.

The film centers on a professor Mike Cole (played by Nicholas Cage) taking his son, Charlie (played by Jack Fulton), to a  Halloween parade, but suddenly loses him within the jam-packed crowd. Panicking, he searches the area for Charlie, but he cannot find him. He returns home hoping that Charlie would be there, but he is sadden to only find his wife, Kristen (played by Sarah Wayne Callies), there by herself.

A year passes by and Charlie is still nowhere to be found. Mike tries to get on his life, but as Halloween nears, he has a strange feeling that his son is somehow trying to contact him from beyond. With the help of his estranged-wife, he investigates other children that have disappeared near the same location that he last saw Charlie alive at.

To retrieve his son, Mike must find the door to a spiritual world, so he can pay the ghost for his child's life.

We can all agree that Nicolas Cage's career in recent years has been going downhill with every cheap direct-to-video release he participates in, and his acting in each one has been questionable. After hearing negative reviews about Pay The Ghost when it was released to limited-screens back in September, my expectations for the movie were very low when I viewed the DVD last week. To my surprise, the film isn't that bad and Cage's performance is above average. While the ghost story plot is simple and at times predictable, the director does a decent job of building the suspense from scene-to-scene. Actually, there are even a few good creepy scenes. Overall, Pay The Ghost is a spooky supernatural thriller and one of the better horror flicks from 2015.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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