Available now on DVD is the horror/thriller film, Pay the Ghost, staring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead, Into the Storm).
Pay the Ghost should have been released before Halloween since the movie is based on events that took place on Halloween.
Nicolas Cage stars as Mike Cole. He’s married to Kristen (Callies) and together they have a young son named Charlie.
Mike has not been around much due to his job and trying to get tenure as a professor at the university where he works. He’s always making plans with Charlie, only to get delayed at work. His wife also feels his absence and it’s getting to her too.
Charlie has been having a lot of bad dreams lately (or so his parents think) and claims he keeps seeing something outside his window. He even drew the image in his art class (a human shaped dark mass). Charlie also sees HUGE vultures around the streets of New York City.
On Halloween night Mike is once again stuck at work (but this time for a very good reason). He was supposed to carve a pumpkin with Charlie and take him trick-or-treating with his wife.
When Mike finally makes it home Charlie and Kristen are finished trick-or-treating and Charlie is about to go to bed since it’s a school night. To make it up to Charlie, Mike offers to take him to a near by Halloween parade (it doesn’t look like a parade to me – it looks more like a carnival).
Mike stops to get Charlie some ice cream. He was holding his hand but had to let go to pay the ice cream vendor. In a matter of a few seconds Charlie some how managed to disappear. Frantic, Mike looks every where for him – even going home to get his wife. Charlie was gone. There was no trace of him.
The last thing that Charlie said to his father was “Can we pay the ghost?” That didn’t “sink in” for Mike until a year later.
One year passes and Charlie was never found. Mike and Kristen have separated.
Days before Halloween, which would mark the one year anniversary of Charlie’s disappearance, both Mike and Kristen are seeing visions of their son – even hearing him. One night Kristen even witnesses Charlie’s scooter racing around the kitchen in their home – and there was no one on it.
Is Charlie reaching out to them some how? Is it possible that he’s still alive, and if so, where is he? To find out you need to pick up a copy of Pay the Ghost, available today on DVD.
Pay the Ghost is not rated, but I would give it a PG-13 rating only because there are things that pop up (scary faces, dark forces killing someone…) that might be too intense for young viewers. There was no nudity and I don’t recall any foul language.
The run time is 94 minutes.
I really like Nicolas Cage. Let’s face it- he’s done some really horrible films. But I still like him. Pay the Ghost is not one of his best films, but I still found it enjoyable.
The story line was interesting enough, and there are plenty of scenes where things pop-up unexpectedly which is sure to make a few people jump out of their seats or gasp. Even the special effects were pretty good. It’s just that for some odd reason the film seemed to drag a lot – even though it’s only an hour and a half long.
I did really like the special effects. I’m a die hard horror movie fan. It takes a lot to impress me (even more to scare me). I though a lot of the special effects in this film were pretty good, most especially the hoard of dead children that were captured the same way Charlie was.
I found the film entertaining. I think it would have been a better idea to release it BEFORE Halloween because the film is all about Halloween. This would have been fun to watch a few nights before the holiday to get people into the Halloween spirit.
Look for Pay the Ghost were ever movies are sold.
Here is the trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener copy in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.