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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Skatetown, U.S.A.

Here's an all-but-forgotten blast from the past!
We smell a Retro Review coming on!

Enjoy this glorious trailer!

Saturday, August 21, 2021

The Envelope Please...

Popcorn Frights Announces Award Winners with SUPERHOST Receiving the Jury Prize for Best Film and WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED Taking the Audience Award

The Seventh Annual Popcorn Frights Film Festival was a hybrid experience that pulled in a record setting 10,000 attendees and viewers across all 50 U.S. states

August 19, 2021 // – As its seventh edition comes to a close after eight nights of in-person and virtual programming, Popcorn Frights Film Festival is proud to announce its juried and audience awards that were selected from its lineup of 68 films (31 features and 37 short films from 13 countries) in 10 categories. This year’s Jury consisted of South Florida journalists and notable genre enthusiasts, who chose to honor Brandon Christensen’s SUPERHOST with the Jury Prize for Best Feature Film. In announcing the Feature Film Prize for the film, the jury said the following: “We found Superhost to be a highly entertaining film, headlined by one of the best performances of the festival by Gracie Gillam. After terrifying us in years past at Popcorn Frights with Still/Born and Z, Brandon Christensen made the most enjoyable film of this year's festival. We indeed wanted to ‘smash that like button’ and ‘click that little bell’ while watching Christensen's movie, and as such, this is our pick for the top prize of the best feature film.”

Thursday, August 19, 2021


Episode #110

It's movie review time! The guys sit down and talk about four movies that played at this year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival that was held in person in Fort Lauderdale along with a nationwide virtual version from August 12th until today. On tap are two slasher-esque flicks as well as two creature features, both of which were world premieres. Plus, Joseph introduces the SLP VHS Dub-Tape Challenge. Put some Jiffy Pop on the stove burner and get ready for something completely different.

Friday, August 13, 2021

Retro Movie Review - "Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives" (1986)

It’s Friday the 13th and You Know What That Means
When the thirteenth day of a month lands on a Friday it goes without saying that any good fan of horror flicks knows what they are supposed to do.  Luckily for us here at Uphill Both Ways, Popcorn Frights Film Festival is screening Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives for its 35th anniversary which provides us an extra reason to visit Crystal Lake.  Who says the number 13 is unlucky?!?

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Popcorn Frights Film Festival 2021

Florida’s Popcorn Frights Film Festival Offers Horror Thrills of the Retro and Modern Varieties
By Joseph Perry

This year's Popcorn Frights Film Festival, the seventh annual installment of this outstanding Florida horror film fest tradition, will be a hybrid experience offering both in-theater and virtual film offerings from August 12-19, 2021, and Mike and Joseph are thrilled to bring you both print and podcast reviews from the fest! Uphill Both Ways listeners and readers can join in on the fright-fare goodness with Popcorn Fright’s nationwide virtual version. That’s right, true believers --- you can bring this highly acclaimed horror film festival smack dab into your own homes! The virtual program highlights include eight feature film World Premieres, Popcorn Frights’ first-ever Virtual Reality experience, a Sneak Preview of Alex Proyas’ new short film set in the DARK CITY universe, and a record-setting 68 film premieres! 

Following is information from the official press announcement with just a few of the Popcorn Frights offerings that Mike and Joseph are most looking forward to. Regular listeners know that Mike loves his slasher movies, Joseph is partial to supernatural fare, and they both love creature features — and Popcorn Frights nails all three of these subgenres, and more!

Thursday, August 5, 2021

"Play That Funky Music"

Episode #109

While Joe is busy spending his Summer break waiting to get his second Covid vaccine shot, the guys weren't able to schedule any time to record, so Mike has put together the next best thing: A clip show! But not just any clip show, no sir! One of the most popular UBW features was the Monthly Mix-Tape Challenge, so Mike put together seven of the best challenges and compiled them into this very special episode. Songs about the one that got away, songs that would make cool movies, and songs that make you think about Halloween are just a few of the ones you've got waiting for you here. Just push play already!

Monday, August 2, 2021

"Everybody Was Kung-Fu Biting"

“Dracula’s Kung Fu Theatre” Swoops In on Retro TV This August

Here at Uphill Both Ways, Joseph and Mike are big proponents of both horror hosts and martial arts blasts from the cinematic past, so we are thrilled to tell our faithful followers about a new undertaking that sounds like a lot of fun: Retro TV’s  Dracula’s Kung Fu Theatre. Mixing chops with chuckles, kicks with kickers, and punches with punch lines, the new series has us striking martial arts stances in anticipation of its debut. Following is the official press announcement.

Retro TV is proud to announce the premiere of its newest original programming, Dracula’s Kung Fu Theatre, on Friday the 13th, August 13th to be exact, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The series, a mix of Elvira meets Enter the Dragon, is hosted by Dracula from his Castle Studio where he shares his immortal collection of cult classic VHS Kung Fu films. Armed with his “legendary” comedy skills and joined by a cast of Transylvanian misfits, Dracula is ready to dust off his fangs and deliver A+ jokes to B+ movies.

“With our proven success in original programming, I knew it was time for our incredibly creative team to take a bite out of something new with a hosted movie series,” says Joel Wertman, president of Retro TV. “We have no doubt that this show will be a hit among genre fans, and will bring in a new audience as well. Having Dracula host the show was a big risk, but who knew the guy could be so charismatic!”

Dracula’s Kung Fu Theatre will premiere on Friday, August 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, with new episodes every Friday. Retro TV is available on 67 stations in 54 markets across the United States, and audiences will also be able to stream the show on-demand via the It’s Real Good TV app, available on Roku, Apple and Android devices, as well as on the web at itsrealgoodtv.com.

To stay up to date on the latest information, follow the show on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Movie Review - "The Nest" (2021)

Dee Wallace Gets Involved with Familial Body Horror in “The Nest” (2021) 

Not to be confused with Eli Cantor’s (AKA Gregory A. Douglas) 1980 horror novel about killer cockroaches The Nest — recently republished in the Paperbacks from Hell series — nor its 1987 movie adaptation, director James Suttles’ The Nest is a familial — and rather familiar — fear-fare film about a recovering addict mother, her jerk of a husband, their suddenly depressed young daughter and her new used teddy bear, and their kindly neighbor. 

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