The Pod and The Pendulum is a new horror movie podcast covering every movie in every franchise. From heavy hitters like Friday the 13th, to the direct-to-video titles like Subspecies, we've got you covered. We feature guests on every show in order to discuss their love of movies like The Blair Witch Project, Scream, Alien, A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Lost Boys and many more. Tweet us at @podandpendulum Email us at [email protected] Become a patron and receive bonus shows for as little as $2 a month at https://www.patreon.com/podandthependulum
THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE (1974) Part One
2:09:55This week we kick off a brand new franchise with the greatest horror movie of all time, Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This episode promises to be a massive one, and we've broken our talk down into multiple parts. For part one, we talk about the confluence of events that went into Hooper and writer Kim Henkel's script, the absolute hell it was to make this movie, where Hooper ranks amongst the masters of horror and start breaking down some of the iconic moments of the movie. Mike is joined by regulars Devaughn Taylor (The Bloody Blunts Cinema Club), Brian Keiper (Movies For Life), and guest Nichole Goble (Bodies of Horror) to talk Leatherface and family. We also ask, "Is Franklin as bad as we all say he is?" (Mike says hell yes). We'll be back with another massive installment and the second half of our talk soon.
Bonus Show: JAWBREAKER (1999) vs. JAWBREAKER (The Band)
1:25:21This is the bonus show Mike has wanted to record for a long time. This week, Jessica Scott comes on to talk about her love for 1999's dark comedy and cult classic Jawbreaker, a movie about some real mean girls that aren't above covering up a murder or two. After that Mike talks about the might Jawbreaker-the three piece punk/emo stalwarts from the East Bay. It's Mike's all time favorite band and while it might not be an in depth critical examination of their music, it certainly gets him right in the feels.
SCREAM (2022) Part One
1:32:03This week we FINALLY get to sit down and talk about one of our favorite movies of the year, the fifth installment of the SCREAM series. It's a massive talk so we broke it into two pieces. This week Mike, Rachel and Stephen are joined by shoe designer and pop culture writer Andrew LaSane. Part one delves into the making of the movie, how the new crop of characters stack up and the elevated violence and gore in this entry.
CHILD’S PLAY 2019 (Crossover with the DISENFRANCHISED Podcast)
1:56:45This week we wrap up our latest franchise with one of the most controversial movies we've ever covered. The Child's Play remake had longtime fans of the series up in arms as the movie and characters were ripped from series creator Don Mancini in an attempt by United Artists to cash in on the Child's Play IP. This seemed to doom the reboot from the start, as horror fans wanted little to do with s Chucky that didn't feature Mancini in a creative role, or Brad Douriff as Chucky's voice. Even casting Luke Skywalker himself as the voice of the killer doll did little to appease fans. Controversy aside, how does the movie fare on its own merits? What do we think of Chucky as an Alexa gone bad versus the product of a voodoo spell? What do we think of the over the top gore and kills? Would this movie have its stans if it was just about a killer robot that only wanted to be loved? Mike can't handle these questions on his own, so this week we have our first crossover episode with our friends Stephen and Brett from the DISENFRANCHISED podcast to talk about all this and more. Rate, subscribe and review Disenfranchised over on Apple Podcasts: link
CULT OF CHUCKY
1:47:59This week the crew talks about the last movie in Don Mancini's Child's Play franchise Cult of Chucky. We talk about Nica as the most tormented character in horror history, Mancini's original vision for putting Chucky on a train, how multiple Chuckys opened up whole new avenues for the series and how Seed feels like the middle chapter in a longer sage (now playing out on the series Chucky.) Read Rachel's interview with Cult of Chucky composer Joseph LoDuca here
CURSE OF CHUCKY
1:52:39Reboot? Requel? Sequel? We're not sure but we do know we're back to talk about the time they made Chucky scary again. Mike is joined by regular panelists Jessica Scott & Devaughn Taylor along with special guest Justin Gerber (Halloweenies, The Losers' Club) to break down the 2013 slasher film Curse of Chucky. This one feels like a soft remake of the original film, yet Don Mancini retains the history of the franchise and manages to weave 25 years worth of lore into this single location chiller. We talk about what works, how Nica's disability is handled, and why having one creative team manage the series helps Childs Play maintain a level of consistency rarely found in multiple-entry slasher films. This was a fun one folks, so buckle down.
BRIDE OF CHUCKY
1:38:04This week guest Matt Donato (Certified Forgotten, Bloody Disgusting) joins Mike, Stephen and Jessica to talk about the high point of the Child's Play series. The only thing better than one killer doll is two, especially when one is brought to life by the stunning Ms. Jennifer Tilly. This week we talk bad romance, queer horror and puppet sex and so much more.
Bonus Show: An Interview With The Adams Family (HELLBENDER)
41:43In this special bonus episode, Mike had the chance to sit down with the filmmaking quartet the Adams family. This husband and wife directing duo of Nick and Tobey Adams have made seven feature films along with their daughter Zelda, who co-writes and co-directs with them, and their daughter Lulu Adams who appears in their latest film, Hellbender. Currently streaming on Shudder, Hellbender tells the story of a daughter isolated from the world by her mother, lest she unleash the powerful and potentially destructive force that lies dormant within her. The Adams discuss how lockdowns and COVID precautions influenced the cope of their film and how it also freed them to do almost anything they want. They also discussed composing the music together as a family, how they started making movies together in the first place, what horror influences them the most, and so much more. Make sure to watch Hellbender, along with their previous film The Deeper You Dig, streaming on Shudder now. Follow them on twitter @adams_films. You can also stream their music on Spotify under the band name H6llb6nd6r. This show is also appearing on the Psychoanalysis: A Horror Therapy Podcast feed. That's right, I double dipped.