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Pay the Ghost (2015)
 5.2
 14K
Pay the Ghost (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 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.
Style: melancholic, scary, suspenseful, suspense, enigmatic, bad ending, road movie, intense, harsh, twist ending ...
Plot: halloween, ghost, police, missing child, nightmare, rescue, supernatural, professor, kidnapping, revenge, burned alive, car accident, children, money, morgue, united states of america, bus, death of child, teddy bear, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, falling to death, taxi, child murder, police officer ...
Place: usa, new orleans, mexico

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Most similar movies to Pay the Ghost

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, scary, suspense and atmospheric films with plots about storytelling, supernatural, ghost, mentor, danger, catastrophe and haunted house mostly in Thriller, Horror and Mystery genres. Some movies like Pay the Ghost: Mama (2013), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), Dark Water (2002), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), The Forest (2016). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 6.2
 157K
Mama (2013)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: Canada, Spain
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, psychological, melancholic ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, danger, children, adoption, parents and children, redemption, paranormal activity, secrets, afterlife, hospital, imaginary friend ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The haunted Lambert family seeks to uncover the mysterious childhood secret that has left them dangerously connected to the spirit world.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, mind bending, surprise ending ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, possession, demon, ghost, nightmare, family, heaven and hell, parents and children, family in danger, danger, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1986
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 28K
Dark Water (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman in the midst of an unpleasant divorce moves to an eerie apartment building with her young daughter. The ceiling of their apartment has a dark and active leak.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, psychological, serious ...
Plot: ghost, missing child, water, child custody, drowning, supernatural, mystery, single parent, family, nightmare, parent child relationship, custody ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, China, Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In 1965 Los Angeles, a widowed mother and her two daughters add a new stunt to bolster their séance scam business and unwittingly invite authentic evil into their home. When the youngest daughter is overtaken by the merciless spirit, this small ...
Style: scary, suspense, intense, disturbing, macabre ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, ouija board, possession, seance, demons, ghosts, dialogue, death, storytelling, devil, survival, murder ...
Time: 1960s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 4.8
 36K
The Forest (2016)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Set in the Aokigahara Forest, a real-life place in Japan where people go to end their lives. Against this backdrop, a young American woman comes in search of her twin sister, who has mysteriously disappeared.
Style: suspenseful, scary, psychological, suspense, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, forest, ghost, in the woods, family relations, suicide, missing person, hallucination, violence, maggot, american abroad, ghosts ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, mount fuji, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, USA, Canada
Duration: 98 min.
Story: 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.
Style: gothic, scary, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, estate, uncover truth, countryside, wartime life, danger, death, hospital, ghost story ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1941, year 1940, 1940s
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 5.4
 119K
Annabelle (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: John Form has found the perfect gift for his expectant wife, Mia - a beautiful, rare vintage doll in a pure white wedding dress. But Mia's delight with Annabelle doesn't last long. On one horrific night, their home is invaded by members of ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, atmospheric, frightening ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, curses spells and rituals, evil doll, death, sacrifice, violence, toy comes to life, cult, danger, demonic possession ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1969
Place: california, usa, santa monica california, pasadena california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.2
 28K
Boogeyman (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, New Zealand, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Every culture has one – the horrible monster fueling young children's nightmares. But for Tim, the Boogeyman still lives in his memories as a creature that devoured his father 16 years earlier. Is the Boogeyman real? Or did Tim make him up to ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: hallucination, nightmare, hometown, supernatural, ghost, gory, haunted by the past, mentally unstable, danger, parents and children, destiny, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Amityville Horror (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A family is terrorized by demonic forces after moving into a home that was the site of a grisly mass-murder.
Style: suspense, scary, rough, suspenseful, based on supposedly true story ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, ghost, danger, domestic disturbance, murder, family in danger, supernatural, parents and children, family problems, tortured to death, gory, mystery ...
Time: 21st century
Place: new york, long island, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.9
 36K
The Tall Man (2012)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: When her child goes missing, a mother looks to unravel the legend of the Tall Man, an entity who allegedly abducts children.
Style: suspenseful, twists and turns, scary, surprise ending, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: missing child, kidnapping, uncover truth, mysterious character, mystery, track down, danger, urban legend, small town, family problems, parents and children, abduction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 4.8
 47K
The Unborn (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young woman fights the spirit that is slowly taking possession of her.
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, uncover truth, afterlife, woman in danger, danger, revenge, haunted by the past, twins, ghosts, death, brutality, rabbi ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.2
 31K
Shutter (2008)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A newly married couple discovers disturbing, ghostly images in photographs they develop after a tragic accident. Fearing the manifestations may be connected, they investigate and learn that some mysteries are better left unsolved.
Style: atmospheric, scary, serious, suspenseful, surprise ending ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: honeymoon, ghost, supernatural, death, revenge, photographer, hit by a car, nightmare, fashion model, suicide, shadow, road accident ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, mount fuji
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Lady in White (1988)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Locked in a school closet during Halloween 1962, young Frank witnesses the ghost of a young girl and the man who murdered her years ago. Shortly afterward he finds himself stalked by the killer and is soon drawn to an old house where a mysterious ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, psychological, enigmatic, atmospheric ...
Plot: ghost, small town, murder, halloween, maniac, investigation, supernatural, mystery, vengeance, serial killer, danger, bullying ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962, 80s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 196K
Sinister (2012)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Found footage helps a true-crime novelist realize how and why a family was murdered in his new home, though his discoveries put his entire family in the path of a supernatural entity.
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, suspense, tense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, murder, supernatural, family in danger, ghost, attic, danger, small town, filmed killing, investigation, fear, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011, year 2012, year 1998 ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 3.7
 60K
The Wicker Man (2006)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, Canada
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A sheriff investigating the disappearance of a young girl from a small island discovers there's a larger mystery to solve among the island's secretive, neo-pagan community.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, twists and turns, scary, suspense ...
Plot: missing child, isolation, small town, investigation, religions or cults, secret place, mystery, cult, sacrifice, family problems, occult, trapped ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.4
 127K
Poltergeist (1982)
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Steve Freeling lives with his wife, Diane, and their three children, Dana, Robbie, and Carol Anne, in Southern California where he sells houses for the company that built the neighborhood. It starts with just a few odd occurrences, such as broken ...
Style: scary, suspense, psychological, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, psychic, supernatural, missing child, poltergeist, parents and children, parallel world, child in peril, good versus evil, little girl, haunted ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Paranormal Activity (2007)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After a young, middle class couple moves into a suburban 'starter' tract house, they become increasingly disturbed by a presence that may or may not be somehow demonic but is certainly most active in the middle of the night. Especially ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, twists and turns, suspense, dark ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, supernatural, paranormal activity, psychic, fear, danger, couples, videotaping, invisibility, demonic possession, panic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2006, 2000s
Place: california, usa, los angeles, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.1
 37K
Shutter (2004)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Thailand
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. They soon learn that you can not escape your past.
Style: asian horror, atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: ghost, revenge, suicide, strobe light, polaroid, nightmare, secret lover, photographer, car accident, gory, supernatural, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 5.9
 130K
The Grudge (2004)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: American nurse, Karen Davis moves to Tokyo and encounters a vengeful supernatural spirit known as The Grudge that often possesses its victims. When a series of horrifying and mysterious deaths occur – with the spirit passing its curse onto each ...
Style: scary, gothic, suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, ghost, murder, gory, vengeance, mystery, suicide, hospital, ghosts, family curse, old woman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 69K
Stir of Echoes (1999)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After being hypnotized by his sister in law, Tom Witzky begins seeing haunting visions of a girl's ghost and a mystery begins to unfold around her.
Style: suspense, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, tense ...
Plot: hypnosis, ghost, psychic, murder, haunted house, obsession, paranoia, afterlife, disappearance, clairvoyance, hearing voices, cemetery ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.5
 389K
The Conjuring (2013)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren work to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in their farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.
Style: scary, suspenseful, dark, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, haunted house, ghost, danger, paranormal activity, witch, seance, exorcism, paranormal investigation, riddles and clues, haunted by the past, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 1960s, year 1971, year 1968 ...
Place: rhode island, new england, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.3
 7K
Ghost Story (1981)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing.
Style: suspenseful, scary, serious, exciting, psychological ...
Plot: ghost, ghost story, secret, small town, supernatural, vengeance, haunted by the past, elderly, friends, buddies, golden years, friendship ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new england, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 136K
The Orphanage (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage, intent on reopening it. Before long, her son starts to communicate with a new invisible friend.
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, surprise ending, macabre ...
Plot: haunted house, orphan, haunted by the past, ghost, missing child, seance, afterlife, paranormal activity, psychic, fear, parents and children, disappearance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Movie in collections
 5.6
 61K
Unfriended (2014)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. A first they think it's a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends' darkest secrets, ...
Style: suspense, suspenseful, scary, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, vengeance, teenager, internet, violence, death, skype, high school life, youth, one night, betrayal, suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia (2013)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Sequel to the 2009 mezzo-mezzo supernatural horror purporting to be based on a true story in which a cancer-afflicted teen starts seeing things in the new Victorian house he and his family moved into.
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, scary
Plot: ghost, curses spells and rituals, haunted house, family in danger, supernatural, parents and children, danger, new house, convertible, hanging, crying girl, chopping wood ...
Time: 1990s, contemporary, 21st century, year 1993
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.9
 250K
Insidious (2010)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A family discovers that dark spirits have invaded their home after their son inexplicably falls into an endless sleep. When they reach out to a professional for help, they learn things are a lot more personal than they thought.
Style: scary, suspenseful, suspense, tense, twist ending ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, family in danger, parents and children, parallel world, demons, danger, evil spirit, curses spells and rituals, paranormal activity, psychic, fear ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.4
 189K
The Conjuring 2 (2016)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Lorraine and Ed Warren travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.
Style: scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense, dark ...
Plot: supernatural, demonic possession, haunted house, danger, ghost, riddles and clues, single mother, paranormal investigation, demon, psychic, seance, family in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 2003, year 1977, year 1976
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
What Lies Beneath (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: When Claire Spencer starts hearing ghostly voices and seeing spooky images, she wonders if an otherworldly spirit is trying to contact her. All the while, her husband tries to reassure her by telling her it's all in her head. But as Claire ...
Style: suspense, surprise ending, suspenseful, twists and turns, psychological ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, woman in danger, couple relations, haunted by the past, dishonesty, infidelity, murder, supernatural, scientist, missing girl, murder by drowning ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: vermont, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.9
 12K
The Canal (2014)
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Film archivist David and his wife are perfectly happy or so he believes. When a looming secret shatters their marriage at the same time as a turn-of-the-century film reel he is studying reveals their house to be the site of a 1902 multiple-murder, ...
Style: scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural, christmas, haunted house, sex, cheating, ghost, protagonist as suspect, missing person, danger, murder, infidelity, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.5
 45K
White Noise (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: An architect's desire to speak with his wife from beyond the grave using EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon), becomes an obsession with supernatural repercussions.
Style: suspenseful, scary, psychological, twist ending, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, dealing with death, death, loss, paranormal phenomena, voice, ghost, afterlife, remote control, mystery, obsession, contact ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%