Pay the Ghost

Pay the Ghost

DVD - 2015
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Almost a year after his son disappeared from his side during a Halloween parade, Mike Cole is suddenly haunted by strange visions and begins to follow a string of terrifying clues that he hopes will lead to finding his son.
Publisher: [United States] : Image Entertainment, 2015
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Call Number: DVD PAY

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jimg2000
Mar 10, 2018

Similar in theme to Cage’s 2006 “The Wicker Man” and about equal caliber in the horror mystery department. Instead of playing a policeman tracking a missing little girl, Cage was a desperate father looking for all clues to find his only son who went missing on Halloween night. A pretty bland supernatural drama tied to the Celtic Halloween mythology and festival in NYC. Strictly for enthusiastic fans of ghost stories as “The Others 2001”, “Insidious 2010” or “The Conjuring 2013”. Per wiki: …many Halloween traditions originated from ancient Celtic harvest festivals, particularly the Gaelic festival Samhain; that such festivals may have had pagan roots; and that Samhain itself was Christianized as Halloween by the early Church…

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goalie33_0
Sep 03, 2017

This was a really good horror movies. Full of jump scares, scary effects, spooky backstorys and lots of twists. This movie is guarantied to keep you on the edge of your seat. I really enjoyed it as a horror movie buff.

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greatflicks
Apr 02, 2017

Not one of his best movies, I watched but don't remember much about it.

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kaybea
Jan 11, 2017

A bit corny but I enjoyed it.

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Rag886
Nov 02, 2016

Sorry but it was a bad movie...

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trevordunfordswife
May 29, 2016

Always love Nicholas Cage but he was wasted here - the kid was good. Hope to see more of him. Facile Hollywood treatment of Celtic mythology, specifically the Crone mythos. Gaping holes in plot and yes, absurd ending but some suspense.

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Monolith
May 12, 2016

Whew. The ending was just ABSURD.

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Latin_Thinker
May 02, 2016

Surprisingly good. Nicholas Cage always tends to bring his A game to any role he plays, and he does no less so here. The script is predictable at times but it does do a good job at keeping the tension in place. If you like non bloody ghost stories this one will be the perfect fit for you.

real_thing Feb 27, 2016

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jimg2000
Mar 10, 2018

Excerpt from The Erl-King by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
(Per wiki -- "Erlkönig" is a poem by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It depicts the death of a child assailed by a supernatural being…)
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"My father, my father, and don't you see there
The Elf-king's daughters in the gloomy place?"
"My son, my son, I see it clearly:
There shimmer the old willows so grey."

"I love you, your beautiful form entices me;
And if you're not willing, then I will use force."
"My father, my father, he's touching me now!
The Elf-king has done me harm!"

It horrifies the father; he swiftly rides on,
He holds the moaning child in his arms,
Reaches the farm with great difficulty;
In his arms, the child was dead.

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jimg2000
Mar 10, 2018

This place was home to the first Sawan celebration in the country. The first Halloween.
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There was a small group of Celtic reconstructionalists that immigrated from Ireland. New York was a big trading post by then.
-What happened to them?
The influenza epidemic in New York, 1679. "When it struck, it devastated the population. Some colonists accused an Irish woman of using black magic to bring about the deadly epidemic. They burned her at the stake."
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Do you recognize this symbol?
-This is the waxing moon. You can tell because the crescent faces left. It means Maiden.
And the waning moon?
-The crescent faces right. It means Crone. It's the most devastating of all the Pagan symbols.
Why?
-It is said that hate made her forget her true nature as a mother.

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