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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, professor, supernatural, kidnapping, revenge, car accident, burned alive, 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, atmospheric and suspense films with plots about storytelling, supernatural, dialogue, catastrophe, ghost, mentor and ghosts mostly in Horror, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like Pay the Ghost: Mama (2013), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Shutter (2008), Dark Water (2002). 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, gothic, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: ghost, supernatural, danger, adoption, children, paranormal activity, parents and children, redemption, secrets, psychologist, afterlife, hospital ...
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, mind bending, serious, surprise ending ...
Plot: haunted house, supernatural, nightmare, possession, demon, ghost, heaven and hell, family, family problems, fear, parents and children, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1986
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: ouija board, seance, supernatural, possession, demons, ghosts, dialogue, death, storytelling, devil, survival, murder ...
Time: 1960s
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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, road movie ...
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: honeymoon, ghost, supernatural, obsession, death, car accident, haunted by the past, uncover truth, danger, revenge, photographer, suicide ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, mount fuji
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 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, psychological, scary, suspenseful, mind bending ...
Plot: ghost, missing child, drowning, child custody, water, supernatural, mystery, family problems, danger, single parent, siblings relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia, kindergarten
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 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, missing person, ghost, family relations, in the woods, suicide, american abroad, violence, maggot, hallucination, ghosts, haunted house ...
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, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, supernatural, wartime life, curses spells and rituals, uncover truth, danger, estate, countryside, death, hospital, youth ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1940, year 1941, 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, cult, danger, demonic possession, paranormal activity ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1970, year 1969
Place: california, usa, santa monica california, pasadena california
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 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, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough ...
Plot: hallucination, nightmare, supernatural, hometown, haunted by the past, danger, gory, ghost, mentally unstable, destiny, parents and children, youth ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, family in danger, danger, murder, domestic disturbance, supernatural, parents and children, family problems, tortured to death, gory, mystery ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa, new york, long island
⇓ 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, mysterious character, track down, abduction, uncover truth, urban legend, danger, mystery, small town, parents and children, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, washington state
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: hypnosis, ghost, psychic, afterlife, murder, obsession, haunted house, paranoia, clairvoyance, supernatural, supernatural ability, woman in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, surprise ending ...
Audience: teens
Plot: haunted house, murder, supernatural, ghost, family in danger, attic, danger, fear, small town, filmed killing, investigation, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2011, year 1966, year 1998 ...
Place: pennsylvania, usa, st. louis missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 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, woman in danger, uncover truth, afterlife, danger, revenge, haunted by the past, death, rabbi, twins, ghosts, brutality ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, murder, small town, halloween, maniac, investigation, supernatural, mystery, vengeance, serial killer, danger, bullying ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1962, 80s
Place: new york
⇓ 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, psychological, suspense, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: haunted house, psychic, ghost, supernatural, missing child, poltergeist, parents and children, good versus evil, child in peril, parallel world, little girl, haunted ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 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: isolation, small town, investigation, religions or cults, missing child, secret place, mystery, commune, cult, family problems, sacrifice, occult ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 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: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious, psychological ...
Plot: supernatural, christmas, haunted house, sex, cheating, ghost, danger, missing person, protagonist as suspect, murder, infidelity, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, scary, serious, suspenseful
Plot: ghost, haunted house, curses spells and rituals, supernatural, family in danger, danger, parents and children, raccoon, rope ladder, chopping wood, teddy bear, skeleton ...
Time: 1990s, contemporary, 21st century, year 1993
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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: haunted house, supernatural, ghost, gory, vengeance, murder, suicide, mystery, ghosts, nurse, curse, old woman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, scary, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, vengeance, teenager, internet, violence, death, high school life, youth, skype, one night, dead teenager, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 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, scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: ghost, revenge, photographer, strobe light, polaroid, nightmare, suicide, secret lover, car accident, supernatural, vengeance, gory ...
Time: contemporary
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ 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: scary, suspenseful, psychological, exciting, serious ...
Plot: ghost, small town, secret, ghost story, supernatural, vengeance, friendship, golden years, haunted by the past, friends, buddies, elderly ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new england, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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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, supernatural, ghost, paranormal activity, psychic, fear, videotaping, couples, danger, invisibility, demonic possession, panic ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s, year 2006
Place: california, usa, los angeles, san diego california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, infidelity, dishonesty, couple relations, haunted by the past, supernatural, scientist, murder, missing girl, murder by drowning ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 2000s
Place: vermont, 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, parents and children, family in danger, parallel world, demons, danger, paranormal activity, curses spells and rituals, fear, psychic, nightmare ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.0
 13K
Half Light (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rachel Carson, a best-selling crime novelist, is devastated and filled with guilt over the accidental death of her son. Hoping that a change of scenery will help alleviate her suffering, she leaves her home in the city and moves into a vacant ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, psychological ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: ghost, supernatural, murder, loss of child, haunted by the past, death in the family, family problems, uncover truth, dealing with death, mentally unstable, woman in danger, village ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, london, san francisco
⇓ 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: demonic possession, supernatural, haunted house, seance, danger, riddles and clues, ghost, demon, single mother, paranormal investigation, psychic, family in danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1976, year 1977, year 2003
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 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, paranormal activity, danger, witch, seance, riddles and clues, paranormal investigation, exorcism, haunted by the past, investigation ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 70s, contemporary, 1960s ...
Place: rhode island, new england, usa
⇓ 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, psychological, scary, twist ending, atmospheric ...
Plot: supernatural, afterlife, dealing with death, death, obsession, paranormal phenomena, loss, voice, ghost, remote control, mystery, contact ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%