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.
Tragedy Girls: Dario DiGiorno
Zach and Charlie join Caitlin to cover Tragedy Girls, a horror comedy from 2017. It's got fun cameos, campy kills, and horror homages galore! We had a great time talking about it. We also got into prom talk and conspiracy corner. We needed a good laugh coming off of the awful news about Roe v Wade being overturned. Please consider donating to your local abortion fund. Keep fighting, and take care of yourselves.
Rabid: Mosquito Mami
Accomplished actor Galen Howard joins Caitlin to talk about 1977's Rabid. Rabid is a Cronenberg movie, so you know body horror is on the table. We look at how mosquitoes inspired the creature design, how uniquely the zombie mechanics come together, and how our protagonist navigates her monstrous transformation with respect to gender. Rabid is a great movie, and we had a lot of fun talking about it. Be sure to check out our new single "Potato Man Loves Ketchup Man," coming soon to a radio near you. Find Galen Howard on instagram @galenhoward, and check him out in movies, on TV, and in music videos!
Firestarter(s): Burn It All Down
Allison of the Who's There podcast joins Caitlin to talk about Firestarter, both the 1984 and 2022 versions. This feels like a return to form, as both the original and the remake have a monstrous menstruation vibe. We also look at themes of defiance and father-daughter bonds. Movie-related research took us down a Project MK Ultra rabbit hole, which spawned discussion about psychedelics. We loved the questions folks submitted - please keep those coming! Be sure to follow Who's There: A Podcast About Horror Fans.
Mandy: Qautre Quatre
Caitlin is joined by two Jovian Warriors to cover 2018's Mandy: bestie Charlie and brother Zach. Mandy is a movie about a man with a singular focus: REVENGE. We explore said revenge, as well as stylized hyper-violence, "righetous masculinity," and more. Brush up on your French as we attempt to pronouce words we don't know (we are, how you say... idiots), and join us as we answer questions from the audience. We had a lot of fun!
Men: Human Slinky Rebirth
"Misogyny is bad, mmkay?" - Mr. Garrison, I mean Alex Garland. Mary joins Caitlin to talk about A24's new horror movie Men. While it has notes of everything we tend to like (commentary on misogyny, original sin allegories, cool body horror, and folklore), this one felt a little ham-fisted, and a bit 101. Still a cool effort, and certainly lots to dig into. Count how many times we say "I don't know." It's a lot. Be sure to check out Whitney's review at bloodygoodhorror.com, and keep an eye out for Mary's new show Binge This!
Dead Girl: Eat All Incels
Mary returns to help Caitlin cover a controversial movie: 2008's Dead Girl. Some have pushed it away, considering it misogynist and repulsive, but both Mary and I think there's solid feminist messaging in this one, even if some scenes are hard to watch. We look at toxic masculinity, the ways class and sexism connect, and the illusion of "the nice guy." We also talk about the figure who originated the idea of creating a captive sex zombie: Jeffrey Dahmer. Creeps all around! Go, Dead Girl, go! Zombie chomp an incel.
I always enjoy Caitlin takes on the horror genre. Informative and entertaining.
Excellent podcast for horror fans
Excellent Podcast! Great insights and fun.
Favorite new podcast!
Excellent, funny, insightful horror podcast and Caitlin (also fantastic on Bloody Good Horror) is a great host. One request - more Elizabeth, please! She's so good on here and the chemistry is excellent!!