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Jerry and Mike conclude their Critters franchise fun with a finale that shoots for the stars with a stellar cast, but instead ends with a crash landing.

We went from the small town to the big city, only to end up where all great horror franchises go to die — outer space. Tune in as we wrap the Critters franchise from the comfort of our isolation pods.


THE POD AND THE PENDULUM is a weekly cast that explores popular horror franchises, one film at a time. From heavy hitters like Friday the 13th, to the direct-to-video titles like Subspecies, hosts Jerry Smith and Mike Snoonian — along with their special guests — have you covered!


Show MoreA very active member of the horror writing community for a decade now, Jerry Smith is a journalist and filmmaker hailing from the great state of California. His work can currently be found in Scream Magazine, Dread Central and right here on Morbidly Beautiful, where he is also the Original Horror Fiction Editor responsible for editing and curating Blood on the Digital Page. In the past, Smith has also written for horror heavyweights Icons of Fright,, Fangoria and Delirium Magazine. Jerry bows at the altar of John Carpenter and Tove Lo and is also an advocate of mental health. Show MoreEver since his grandmother used to pay him five bucks to stay up late and watch creature features with her on the old black and white television, Mike Snoonian has been a fan of horror movies. In 2009 he started the blog All Things Horror (later retitled Film Thrills) which placed an emphasis on independent horror. Since 2013, he’s served as a host and programmer for the Telluride Horror Show, and programmed a monthly indie horror night in Boston from 2010 until 2014. Mike took a break from writing upon entering grad school, and with his master’s degree in mental health counseling, Mike works as a therapist and school counselor. He often explores horror through the lens of mental health and illness. His nine year old daughter’s current favorite movie is The Dream Warriors, so he feels like he’s doing something right as a dad.

If you want to catch up on previous episodes covering other franchises, you can find the show on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify (look for links at the bottom of this post).


Episode 49: Critters 4 (1 hour, 17 minutes)

Crites in Space! Question for the listening audience: has adding “in space” to any long running movie franchise ever made that entry better? We’re thinking a hard no on our end, because despite a baller cast that includes Angela Bassett and Brad Douriff, Critters 4 is a hot mess of a movie. Maybe it’s the cheap set design, maybe it’s the attempt to recreate Alien on a next-to-nothing budget, or maybe its the fact that the titular characters turn up for about 4 minutes in the first hour, but this one is tough.

That said, Jerry and Mike are here to break down the movie, and give our spin on what does and does not work. Plus, your fearless cohosts discuss how they’re faring with the start of self-imposed social isolation and what they’re watching to get through these rough few weeks.

Check out this week’s episode below. And be sure to tune in every Thursday for new episodes of THE POD AND THE PENDULUM on the Morbidly Beautiful Network. 


While tiny monster movies are decidedly not Mike’s jam (the man has only seen one Puppet Master for God’s sake!), he found himself absolutely smitten during his first time watch of this 80s cult-classic. 

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Our coverage of the man-eating, space traveling furballs continues with 1988’s Critters 2: The Main Course. Me (Jerry), Mike, and our special guest talk about our love for this Mick Garris feature, as well as give an overview of Garris and why he’s such an important figure in modern horror. This week we’re joined by Dirk Marshall, host of the VHUS podcast & co-partner in the hot sauce company Marshall’s Haute Sauce, the small batch sauce company that sources local ingredients.

This week, the action moves out of Grover’s Bend and into the big city in the kid-friendly, horror comedy Critters 3. Jerry and Mike are joined once again by Nat Brehmer to break down all the action in this early 90s straight-to-video sequel.

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