Episode 15: Abby Howard Horror Anthologies, or AHHA!

We love Abby Howard! Click above to visit Abby's comics The Last Halloween and Junior Scientist Power Hour and her podcast Sistertime Podcast to make your day, week, year.

On this episode the Ladybros and Abby chat about some great horror anthologies, starting with horror shorts that became feature films. Lights Out  was recently made into a feature film, and discussion of Mama creates some feelings in Abby about how she likes them weirdos.

That "old guy that was in everything" (and also the mad scientist from Nightmare Before Christmas) is William Hickey!

Apparently, emus don't make a thumping sound with their cloaca, but rather the male emus make a grunting or thumping noise with their throat sacs when they are ready to mate! The more you know.

What Heather thought was called the Cove, is actually The Shallows that was released this year, and may be the answer to her good shark movie prayers?

Oh my god you guys- THE LURE! 

And come see Heather talk about Ringu at SHRIEK this September! It's going to get viral!

Posted on August 28, 2016 .

Episode 14: Ladybros 2: Back In Action

Well hello there! So glad to have you back, so glad to be back. This episode is all about where the shit we've been these past four months- including juicy secrets never before heard on the air- and some exciting things to come here on the podcast. 

In the mean time, here's the video Katie was referencing. If there's one thing she's good at, it's referencing dumb YouTube videos from years ago. 

Posted on July 29, 2016 .

Crypticon Panel Reviews!

Your Ladybro Katie here with write ups of featured panels from Crypticon 2016!

Heather was featured on lots of panels- Northwest Superstars of Podcasting (what what!) Pacific Northwest Horror Enthusiasts and Friendship Society (Join their Facebook group!), Cannibals and Classism in Modern American Entertainment, The Unflinching Eye: An Objective Look at Morbid Curiosity, and Horror's Gatekeepers.

The great nitty-gritty happened with the last few panels, though, so that's what I'll focus on. First Up:

Cannibals and Classism in Modern American Entertainment

From the Crypticon website:

The Silence of the Lambs, Ravenous, We Are What We Are, Green Inferno, The Walking Dead, Hannibal—what do they say about us? Do cannibals represent a particular fear, or many? Is a cannibal sometimes just a cannibal? Amie Simon, Heather Marie Bartels, Ian Bracken (M), M. Nessk, Matthew S. Ellison, Esquire

The moderator Ian Bracken opened this discussion up first pointing out that this was all Heather's idea- she was the one who created the panel- Heather, this is all your fault! 

the moderator then pointed out to us some types of films under the "cannibal" genre:

  • Survival Cannibal Films
  • Spiritual / Wendingo
  • Self- Inflicted (eating oneself)
  • Serial Killers
  • Jungle / Native Exploitation

Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal was brought up, which raised some interesting questions regarding classism. Why do we tend to like Hannibal, even though he is the villain? Why do we enjoy Hannibal and are repulsed by other cannibals? The main difference between Hannibal and people-eaters we find in other films such as Bone Tomahawk is that Hannibal is fancy as fuck. He's a gentleman. He likes classical music. Sure, he's creepy, but with all other trappings of a simply eccentric rich old man, we tend to like him. He becomes the anti-hero, we love watching fancy people do awful things.

There is somehow an inherent trust of the upper class, and though we know we shouldn't be rooting for Hannibal's escape, we are comfortable with the idea of his brand of vigilantism and want him to be released.

Comparatively, the "savages" in Green Inferno and Bone Tomahawk are placed as the ultimate "other" in the viewer's mind. They are cut off from society, unrefined, succumb to base primal instincts. Nothing could separate how these cave people engage in cannibalism and Hannibal's fava beans and a nice chianti more. So, we, in the middle, seek Hannibal's approval and actively disassociate ourselves from the savages.

Among the issues of considering socioeconomic class in cannibal films is the simple fact that, "We don't like to be reminded that we're all meat." (Heather Bartels)

The less human we feel as we are viewing cannibalism on the screen reflects our perspective of the attackers. With Hannibal and the higher class, the audience wants to be included in his club, whereas we are repulsed by the savagery and baseness of other cannibals.

It is important to question why these issues of classism appear in American cinema. It seems to suggest that we still have very firm boundaries of acceptability, inclusion, and what separates the human from the animal. What other films have you found classism to be a latent issue? What do you think of the difference between Hannibal films and other cannibal cinema?





Posted on June 1, 2016 .

Episode 13: Schmostbusters

On this week's episode of Turn Up the Ladybro!, we tackled the recent "controversy" surrounding the release of the new Ghostbusters trailer. Featuring- oh dear- an all female cast!

The online backlash against the new trailer (which at the time of writing has about 460,000 thumbs-downs on youtube) seems like overkill. Sure, it's not the best of movie trailers, might seem a little clunky, but all in all seems like an OK movie.

So why all the rage? Guess what, folks- it's sexism again! Surprise! As Heather mentioned in the episode, there have been a range of reactions from the new movie ruining childhoods to being racist, but what all these complaints boil down to is the fact that Ghostbusters fans from a specific dominant demographic are pissed because something they like got "feminized".

In her great Mary Sue article, Marcy Cook lays out what we're feeling: "When you really look at all the complaints about the new Ghostbusters film, it comes down to a simple triforce:

  • The main cast is all women
  • They are all female comedians
  • A beloved franchise has been gender-swapped"

How dare they gender-swap something that has been written for men, even though most of the original cast has personally endorsed the all female change.

Further proof that Marcy Cook's triforce is the real reason behind the complaints is good god, have you seen the original film recently? Put down your nostalgia goggles and watch it again. Katie, as an adult coming to watch the film (an unfortunately having missed the whole novelty of the time) didn't connect with it. Bill Murray is kind of a dick- and even if you make the "Archie Bunker" argument of, well that's just his character he's supposed to be sleazy, that only works if you have the other side of that character to balance it out! No other aspects of the film redeemed the main character's behavior and he was supposed to be the likable hero.

It is difficult to argue against most of the internet when many people are operating on the basis of "this is how it's always been". We think it's important to highlight as Heather mentioned that having female representation in many different types of roles in film is important. Maybe not to age 20-40 white guy in America, but honestly dude, you have to come to accept the fact that some things are not for you. Gender-swapping a franchise does not make it less. Especially when the source material is a literal "white dude party" the entire way through.

What do you think about the new Ghostbusters trailer? How about this fan recut that is arguably "less racist"?  What are your thoughts on the backlash? You wanna go see it with us when it comes out?

Posted on March 16, 2016 .

Episode 12.5: Self Love Isn't Just Masturbation

Happy Valentine's Day! We're celebrating all kinds of love here at Ladybro central. For this week's episode we did some pertinent research into singlehood and romance by watching Trainwreck, Sisters, and How to Be Single. 

We also want to know what YOU love or loved about being single, what you miss and what you don't miss. Comment and share your thoughts below!


Thanks for listening, now help us rock our butts off to the Noisette's Don't Give Up!

Posted on February 14, 2016 .

Episode 12: Sleepover Girl Talk

On this week's episode, Heather and Katie have a good discussion on non-hormonal birth control, specifically Heather trying out the Caya, and Katie mixing up diaphragms and female condoms (whoops). A deciding factor in Heather's decision to not go with the copper iud was this fantastic Oh Joy Sex Toy on the topic.

Check out how the Caya diaphragm works with this helpful video we watched!

We also kept up the sleepover theme and did some moisturizing face masks, which, if you're friends with Heather, they end up looking like horror faces.

Our dance song this week is Lily Allen's Shame For You! And don't forget about our Spotify Playlist- new songs added every episode!

Posted on February 9, 2016 .

Episode 10.5: Fall Into the New Year

Happy New Year dear Listeners!

This week's episode is just a lil' taste. Heather and Katie have been stuck in Holidayland, but we are ready to bring you some incredible stuff so stay tuned!

In the meantime, dance to our latest grove "So Insane" by Discovery, and admire Katie's brand new first tattoo done by the incredible Andrea Ottlewski at Slave to the Needle.

So fresh! So deer!

So fresh! So deer!

Posted on January 7, 2016 .

Episode 10: Hatey Woman


Officially in the double digits, we have all of you to thank for the motivation to keep on truckin'. This episode is a wild ride- don't let it end with the podcast. Enjoy all previous 10 dance party songs in a mega party mix! Youtube playlist below, and you can also listen on Spotify here! And to see some exclusive clips of Heather and Katie dancing like jerks to it, support us on Patreon!

One of Dāvis' top 5 favorite movies, and Heather's palate cleanser, Survive Style 5+

Dance Party Mega Mix is here! Put it on, turn it up, rock out!

Posted on November 24, 2015 .