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 Pay the Ghost 
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Pay the Ghost is an upcoming American supernatural horror film directed by Uli Edel and written by Dan Kay. The film stars Nicolas Cage, Sarah Wayne Callies, Veronica Ferres, Jack Fulton, and Elizabeth Jeanne le Roux. The film is scheduled to be released on September 25, 2015, by RLJ Entertainment.


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Another round of Nicolas Cage-led nonsense. He plays a recently tenured university lecturer who goes to a local carnival with his son on Halloween night. "Dad, can we pay the ghost?" the nervous child mysteriously says, and then he vanishes without a trace. The police can find neither a clue nor a lead, and the Cage character is still grieving and searching for the child he lost a year later. It is then he begins to suspect a supernatural mystery at play. This detail sets Pay the Ghost apart from many of the actor's other recent low-budget genre vehicles: he has searched for an absent, harmed, or stolen child several times (including in a film titled...Stolen), but here the abductor is a ghost in an Insidious/Sinister vein. A few of the jump scares are nicely executed, albeit highly clichéd, and I always enjoy when a film tries to engage with the atmosphere and iconography of October 31st as celebrated in the United States, but this picture is otherwise lazily assembled. Supporting characters and subplots go nowhere (see: any scene featuring a disbelieving detective played by Saw-franchise veteran Lyriq Bent.) The imagery tends toward the absurd, including a giant computer-generated bird of prey shown circling above the city. Cage is firmly in his sleepy, ambivalent mode for most of the running time, though it is fun to see him give a spirited and wild-eyed reading of "The Erl-King" by Goethe early on. The film even undermines a well-earned intentional laugh when a woman participating in a recreation of a Celtic ritual relents upon Cage-brand intense questioning and admits she is just a nerdy schoolteacher from Queens...but then proceeds to drop an expository bomb of arcane cultural and historical information.

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