Plug it Up is a horror movie podcast about the monstrous feminine. Host Caitlin Grant and her funny guests look at the monstrous feminine in all its forms, including: monstrous menstruation (like Carrie and Ginger Snaps), monstrous motherhood (like Rosemary’s Baby and The Omen), femmes fatales (like Jennifer’s Body and The Love Witch), black widows (like Dolores Claibore), body horror in women (like Teeth and Raw), treacherous friendships between women (like The Craft), women battling horrors (like You’re Next), and women who are themselves horrific (like Gone Girl).
Although this show focuses on the experiences and portrayals of women in horror, it’s a gender inclusive space, and the discussion is open to people of all gender identities and presentations. It’s an explicitly intersectional feminist, trans-inclusive podcast for horror fans. Plug It Up is a Bloody Good Horror production.
Slotherhouse: Sigma Lambda Theta Gets a Mascot
Charlie, Zach, and Mary join Caitlin to cover Slotherhouse, a 2023 movie that seeemed promising, but ultimately let us down. It's not quite a campy creature feature, and it's not quite a sorority horror story. What it does do: cringe attempts at representation, bizarre dialogue, and sloths on instagram.
We had a lot of fun with the questions, though! Tangents include: Zach's bad taste, favorite creature features, what "camp" means in horror, fraternity horror stories, music, movies we couldn't finish, fighting fictional characters, exotic pets, sloths in general, holidays and holiday foods, produce selection habits, sports, Golden Compass daemons, and chain restaurants.
Birth/Rebirth: Motherhood and the Scientific Method
Victor joins Caitlin to cover Birth/Rebirth, a 2023 monstrous-motherhood interpretation of Frankenstein. It's an impressive film about grief, scientific curiosity, and the different ways people experience motherhood. Even more impressive: this was director Laura Moss' debut film. Well done! Sitting very high in the 2023 horror rankings.
Tangents include: trivia, Reddit, Thanksgiving foods and traditions, phone numbers, fantasy spending, Purge Night crimes, phobias/fears, going up the stairs on all fours (suck it, Zach and Charlie), produce selection, sports criteria, chain restaurants, and thievery.
No One Will Save You: Alien Sock Hop
Maddie joins Caitlin to cover 2023's No One Will Save You, now streaming on Hulu. The townspeople certainly view our main character as a monstrous femme figure, but we are endeared to her. We talk about themes of isolation, regret, giref, and survival, and we applaud Kaitlyn Dever.
As always, the latter half of the episode is nutty and full of laughter. Tangents include: sneaking things into movie theaters, astrology, fantasy spending, couches and other furniture, hypothetical arrests, sister fights, battling aliens, UFOs/UAPs, Dwayne The Rock Johnson, books, abductions, Nicki Minaj, sibling memories, gussying up our weaknesses incorporate speak, eldest daughter syndrome, softball, and tennis.
Be sure to check out Maddie and Mackenzie on My Cryptid's Keeper!
The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster: He's Alive!
Alyssa (of The Silver Scream Podcast) joins Caitlin to cover The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster, a 2023 retelling of Frankenstein with poignant, modern social commentary. Nobody asked for two white women to reflect on a movie about Black culture and Black trauma, but we hope to use our voices to lift up this fantastic debut from director Bomani J Story. With allusions to the murders of Tamir Rice and Trayvon Martin, affecting depictions of violence against Black communities, and examples of intergenerational trauma, TABGAHM strikes an emotional chord. It also has moments of humor and joy that make it an enjoyable watch (and rewatch). This movie hasn't gotten a lot of press in the horror community, but it should Check it out on Shudder.
Tangents for this episode include: book collecting, werewolf movies, our inability to pirate things, 2023 horror releases, tattoos, witches, teleportation, sunrises, moths, and long movies.
Charlie and Zach join Caitlin to cover 2023's Piglady. We dedicate this episode to our good friend Sarah, who loves pigs. (We love you, Sarah!) Piglady is a monstrous femme figure, and... that's about all we can really say. Tune in to hear Zach make a case for the movie, while Charlie and Caitlin go hard on the critique.
Tangents include: murder pigs, guinea pigs, Peppa Pig, pork in general, bacon in particular, cryptid movies, pets, "deers," costumes, tortoises, the reptile expo, and "the people's eyebrow." Also, Charlie throws down a serious accusation: that Caitlin is NOT a "girls' girl." Tune in to Skin of a Killer Podcast to make a true determination.
Sweet with the skeet, brah!
Live from Nightmare Weekend 2023
Colleen and Maddie join Caitlin on stage for the first ever Plug It Up Live! This was recorded on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Nightmare Weekend (hosted by Galaxy Con) in Richmond, VA. Instead of a movie review, we share some of our favorite monstrous femme figures, as well as our favorite final girls. Ah, the duality of woman! We had our first live Q&A as well.
Tangents include: swimming, soups, franchise horror, Koko the Gorilla, gaylor truthers, Avril Lavigne, screen names, mac and cheese, boy moms, and more. Also catch some of our friendship lore being explored live and in real time.
HUGE thanks to Chuck Lindsey for the introduction and recording, and to everyone who came to the show!
Excellent show - highly recommended
Big fan of the show. Caitlin does a great job summarizing the movies and guiding the guests. I am not a big horror fan so it’s great to get these breakdowns and discussions. I almost gave it 4 stars but in many of the episodes, the guests say “like” a lot and I’m actually a really big fan of that. So it’s 5 in my book. Also the episodes with Michael and Matt are especially great.
One of the Best Horror Podcasts!
Caitlin and her podcast Plug It Up! is perhaps one of the best horror podcasts I've listened to. She was so generous to allow me to be a guest on a special episode where I was able to talk about a very unpopular/controversial backstory for Micheal Myers that I consider to be canon. I truly appreciated having hers as my first ever podcast I was on to espouse the Druid Curse of Thorn origin story from the Producer's Cut of Halloween 6 for Michael, which explains his motives and everything from the original film by John Carpenter. Her analysis and in-depth look to each film she talks about are very well organized and her guests are oftentimes very funny and offer more insight into these lesser known horror movie gems.
Please consider giving her a listen; you won't regret it!
I love the concept of this podcast! It’s all I’ve been listening to lately and I’m getting through the first season. Caitlin’s synopsis of the movie at the beginning of each podcast before diving in is very helpful for me as I haven’t seen most of these movies, and I appreciate all the open discussions of topics rarely discussed as natural occurrences. The host and guests are usually highly entertaining and smart. My only hesitation to give 5 stars is that during the “Excision” and “The Babadook” episodes, I was so distracted by the extremely frequent usage of “like” in the midst of informed and insightful discussion that I couldn’t finish either episode. This review isn’t written with any intention to belittle or shame, only to encourage, and I will continue to listen.