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Dan: On this episode of the podcast we discuss Pay the Ghost.
Stuart: Who's in that movie, Dan?
Dan: Why, one Nic—olas—Cage.
Stuart: That means it's Cagemas in July!
Zhubin: Yay! ["Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Philip Sousa]…I mean ["Freeze Frame" by the J. Geils Band]… No, I mean, uh, uh…["Deck the Halls"]…
Stuart: Yeah!
Zhubin: I got it. I nailed it.
Stuart: Nailed it in one.

Official Show Notes[]

"Zhubin Parang joins us for the fourth most magical time on the Flop House calendar: Cagemas in July! It's also time for the political conventions, so more extensive show notes are canceled while Dan jets off to Cleveland and Philly."

Movie Summary[]


Mike Cole's life is torn apart when his son is abducted during a Halloween parade. Desperate to bring him home again, Mike must risk everything to unravel a terrifying supernatural mystery.

Final Judgments[]

  • A Movie I Kinda Like (Dan) @56:15
  • Bad-Bad (Stuart) @57:00
  • Good-Bad Movie (Zhubin) @57:35

Episode Highlights[]


Movie Pitches[]

Officer Doctor
A New York City cop who is also a practicing physician. @22:40


  • ­When you were a kid, you saw and talked to ghosts all the time, you know? But somewhere along the way, the money kind of just took your attention away from all that, you know?
           —Zhubin @27:30
  • ­It's The Big Short of haunted children.
           —Zhubin @29:45
  • ­If you like a bloody Snuffleupagus
           —Stuart @1:12:45
Stuart: It's not unlike like when you die Dan ⁠— which will probably not be that far in the future, you're ⁠—
Dan: What!?
Zhubin: 2-3 weeks.
Stuart: — for sure going to want your ashes to be spread on a field ⁠so that —
Dan: I don't know why —
Stuart: ⁠— your life-giving body can give forth to new life so that ⁠—
Dan: Did you hear something? I —
Stuart: Weeeeell, I got a letter from your doctor. Uh, it was hand-written for some reason.
Dan: What? I don't know why you got that.
Zhubin: His doctor said he's gonna kill you.
Stuart: Yep! It was all cut-out letters from newspapers.
Zhubin: It was a ransom that ⁠—
Stuart: It said something about playing a game, and I'm like, "I don't really care about playing a game." I threw it away.
Zhubin: It's a ransom that Stuart refuses to pay.
Stuart: I'm like, this is too long, honk-shoo, I'm sleepy, throw away in the garbage.
Dan: I guess it's good I know about it.



Maximum Fun[]

  • The Adventure Zone @59:55
  • Trends Like These @1:36:35

Flop House Housekeeping[]

  • Blue Apron @1:01:00
  • 1x Jumbotron @1:04:50
  • Zhubin's scalped tickets to the Flop House live show @1:07:35

Listener Mail[]


Mailbag Song[]



Zhubin: There's no peen in the Magic Mike movies?
Stuart: There's no peen in the Magic Mike movies.

If you want to see peen, I don't know, watch Shame so you can see Michael Fassbender's weenis.

Dan: Yeah. Fassbender. That was going to be my top recommendation.
Stuart: Top pick to watch a man go through the struggle of coping with sexual addiction?
Dan: Yeah, it's a little sad. If you want to watch something sexy, I don't know if it's...
Stuart: Yeah, watch Hollow Man so you can see Kevin Bacon's half-invisible weiner.
  • "Movies You Showed to Your Parents That Went Worse Than Expected" from R.P. @1:14:45
  • Has the show always been about movies? I'll take my answer off the air from Ken Pfeiste @1:18:15 
  • my dog poops in other people's yards through their fence; what should I do? from Dan "McCoy" @1:20:15


  • Finding Dory (2016) by Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane (Dan) @1:24:10
  • The Granny (1995) by Luca Bercovici (Stuart) @1:26:55
  • Weiner (2016) by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg (Zhubin) @1:30:50


Stuart: So —
Zhubin: I should really care about this podcast.
Stuart: You've done this show before, so you know — we're basically just gonna do a bunch of scenes.
Zhubin: Yeah.
Stuart: So... just come up with a cool character for yourself.
Zhubin: Oh, ok.
Stuart: Like a fighter.
Zhubin: Just approach this like the Dungeons and Dragons thing?
Stuart: Like a shashbuckler, yeah. Say, "my guy does like..." ok.
Zhubin: My guy is very quiet but he WINKS all his opinions, so —
Stuart: Ok, that's not gonna translate well to this audio medium.
Zhubin: Pretty cool, though. It's different, though, don't you want that?
Stuart: Yeah, I guess.
Zhubin: Every podcast's the same, now.