31. Robert The Doll

of Robert the Doll, a haunted toy in Key West, Florida, contains more layers than it appears to when you first hear it. Matt discusses how this disturbing doll invokes ideas from psychology, modern gender politics, and the history of race relations in the United States.

70. Dream Story / Eyes Wide Shut

Fantasy, lust, envy, nighttime wanderings, masks, and the most boring male-gaze-y orgy of all time. That’s right! It’s time for Jennifer and Kaylia to talk sex, love, and dreams aka Dream Story (1926) and its film adaptation Eyes Wide Shut (1999).

30. La Pascualita (Interview with Albie Robles)

In this episode, Matt is again joined by Albie Robles to discuss one of Mexico’s better known, and creepier, ghost stories: the tale of a haunted mannequin that is also rumored to be a well-preserved corpse… La Pasculaita.

69. How The Grinch Stole Christmas… 4 Times!

Jennifer and Kaylia talk about all four versions of the Grinch story… from a mostly black and white book to a sponsored TV special to the more adolescent onslaught of Jim Carey, and finally a sweet CGI offering, we will talk about what works, what doesn’t work, and which versions are worth your time. Plus, Star Trek Trivia and a brief lesson on the history and true meaning of Christmas. Enjoy!

29: Albie Robles and a Haunted Mexican Mining Town

Matt is joined by voice actor and host of the Scare Me Podcast, Albie Robles. Albie relates his own personal story about a ghost encounter in a mining town in Mexico and shares some of the tales he heard from his family’s experiences in that town.

68. Howl’s Moving Castle

Leah and Kaylia attempt to separate their love of the book from their disappointment in the movie and discuss the very different stories the two are attempting to tell. We try to answer the important questions like… How do these two much-loved things actually connect to one another? How much slime is the right amount of slime? Who is this movie for? What happened to Sophie’s sisters? Can you adapt an English fairy tale into a Japanese anime movie about a Middle Eastern war and set it somewhere in France? Should you?

28.  Freetown State Forest

Freetown State Forest in Massachusetts is said to be a center for high weirdness. There are many different locations within this forest that are haunted, and UFO and Bigfoot sightings are also common. This episode provides an overview of the location and discusses some of the most prominent stories.

67. Nomadland

Chris and Kaylia talk about this amazing and important nonfiction book that was adapted into a heartbreaking well-made movie that has the same name but tells a very different story. Happy Thanksgiving!

27. Calico Ghost Town

Ghost towns dot the American Southwest, and many are said to be haunted. But Calico is the only one that is haunted by the ghost of a dog that delivers mail. In this episode, Matt considers how our often self-contradicting views of the Old West tell us something about how we view ourselves in the modern world. 

66. The Mothman Prophecies (Crossover Episode)

n this very special Crossover Halloween Episode, Matt and Kaylia talk about the folklore that became the book, the book that became the movie: the Mothman Prophecies! We talk about what works and what doesn’t, what the book/movie can tell us about US society in the 70s and early 2000s, and attempt to determine if the Mothman, the UFOs, the Men In Black, and the very scary Chapstick are worth our attention. Enjoy!