Thursday, June 30, 2022

Synapse Films to Release Special Edition Blu-ray of “The Kindred”


In the 25 year history of Synapse Films perhaps no film in the company's storied history had as long a road to shelves as The Kindred, which took many years and a lot of hard work to complete.  Now, The Kindred is finally unleashed on Blu-ray this October 25th with a stellar new 4K restoration of the complete, unrated version of the film, accompanied by plenty of extras, making it perfect monstrous viewing for Halloween 2022!
Academy Award-winning screen legends Rod Steiger (In the Heat of the Night; Duck, You Sucker) and Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire; Planet of the Apes) star in The Kindred, a chilling tale of a genetic experiment gone wrong… very wrong!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Bookmobile

In the latest episode, Joseph and Mike talked about visiting the bookmobile.
In case you've never had the experience, here's what they looked like:
An old derelict Bookmobile
They could - and did - vary in appearance depending on where they were operated and who was funding it. Sometimes they were converted old school buses, but most often they looked similar to this fella. You can tell by the yellow and brown color scheme that this was most likely from the 70s.

As for the interior:
There's got to be something worth reading in here somewhere.
This is a view looking from the front towards the back.  You would check your stuff out at the little station in the very back.  Again, not every bookmobile was laid out exactly like all of the others, but this is a pretty good look at the general layout you'd see.

Did you ever visit your local bookmobile?  Let us know!

Friday, June 24, 2022

"Paperback Writer"

Episode #123

As a follow-up to the previous episode, Joseph and Mike discuss R.I.F. - the old Reading Is Fundamental program, going to the library, and paying visits to the beloved Bookmobile. New regular segment "Gift, Keep, Ditch" features foes of Godzilla, and there's even an announcement about a new contest for another free movie on Blu-ray!

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Movie Review: “Ip Man: The Awakening” (2022)

“Someone must stand up to injustice!”

-by Mike Imboden
Right out of the gate I should state that I’m not a martial arts connoisseur and do not have a vast knowledge of the genre.  That’s not to say I’m clueless - I mean, I grew up watching various incarnations of “Kung Fu Theater” on TV (since it usually followed pro wrestling on TV back in the 80s), and I’ve seen plenty of films since then - so I’m mainly putting that out there so I don’t get lambasted if I state something obvious or incorrectly attribute one thing or another.  I also say that because, previous to this, I have not seen any of the Ip Man movies.  Nope - not any of the Donnie Yen ones (which I need to correct because I hear they are amazing), nor any of the others that came along trying to cash in on Yen’s successful run portraying the master of the Wing Chun style of fighting who also happened to be Bruce Lee’s teacher.

It might be because of all that that I liked Ip Man: The Awakening a bit more than it was worth liking.

Movie Review: “Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex” (2022)

Tribeca Festival Film Review: “Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex” (2022) 

by Joseph Perry
Many American rock music fans may only be familiar with British musician Marc Bolan’s band T. Rex as the act that had a smash 1970s hit with “Bang a Gong (Get It On),” but Bolan and his band’s popularity in their home country was huge, approaching that of The Beatles at their heyday. The new documentary film Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan and T. Rex and the accompanying tribute album of the same name should help introduce the history of this enigmatic rock star and his work to new listeners and those unfamiliar with his legacy, while showing the influence that Bolan had on rock musicians through the decades during his career and after his untimely death at the age of only 29 in 1977.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Movie Review - "The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue" (1974)

In 1968 with The Night of the Living Dead, George Romero ushered in the modern take on the zombie that all know today; shambling, bloodthirsty, and hard to (re)kill outside of a bullet to the brain.  Throughout the next decade until his sequel, Dawn of the Dead, landed, there were many similar, or at least like-minded entries in the sub-genre out of Europe. Jean Rollin’s Grapes of Death (1978), Bob Clark’s Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (1973), and Jorge Grau's Living Dead at Manchester Morgue are just a few. Here in the latter, as the synopsis reads, "A strange twist of fate brings two young travelers, George (Ray Lovelock - The Cassandra Crossing) and Edna (Christine Galbo - What Have You Done to Solange?), to a small town where an experimental agricultural machine may be bringing the dead back to life! As zombies infest the area and attack the living, a bullheaded detective (Arthur Kennedy) thinks the couple are Satanists responsible for the local killings. George and Edna have to fight for their lives, and prove their innocence, as they try to stop the impending zombie apocalypse!"

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

8 From the 80s: Forgotten Dramas

Each installment Mike will look back to the decade of decadence and provide a list of eight things – from movies to music to memorable moments and everything in-between.  Keep in mind, this isn’t a TOP 8 list and any numerical notations are included to merely designate one item from another. Because, frankly, how can you rate one thing over another when it comes from a decade as totally tubular as the 80s?

Forgotten Dramas

“Drama” might not be the most appropriate way to describe most of the shows on this list - fantasy or sci-fi might be a more apt category - but we’re going to keep things simple and just lump all of the non-sitcom shows into this category.  Mostly because it’s the easiest way to do it, but also because this is my column.
Anyway, on with the show!

8. T. and T. (syndicated, 1987-1990)
When The A-Team was canceled, Mr. T needed some work.  So off to Canada he went where he starred in this first run syndicated crime show from 1987-1990.  All but forgotten beyond hardcore Mr. T fans, T. and T. told the story of T.S. Turner, a boxer who was framed for a crime he didn’t commit, but instead of hanging out with George Peppard, T was “rescued” by lawyer Amy Taler and the two of them solved crime together.

Monday, June 13, 2022

“A Nightmare on Elm Street 4” Costars Reunite for New Eighties Throwback Horror Film “The Bloody Man”

Your friendly neighborhood Uphill Both Ways podcasters love themselves a good eighties horror film, and well-done cinematic homages to that era, too. It looks like we have a strong candidate for the latter with the upcoming release of The Bloody Man! Read all about it in the official press information below, and check out the official trailer and poster!

Wild Eye Releasing have acquired the rights to director Daniel Benedict’s The Bloody Man, a supernatural horror film reuniting A Nightmare On Elm Street 4 : The Dream Master stars Lisa Wilcox and Tuesday Knight.

Penned by Daniel and Casi Benedict, and produced by Red Serial Films, the film tells of a young boy who, after the death of his mother, becomes obsessed with a comic book she gave him that ultimately summons the ancient monster found in its pages.

Mercedez Varble, Dan Eardley, Jason Crowe, Roni Jonah and KateLynn E. Newberry join Wilcox and Knight in the film, which is said to encompass high-end production values and plays like a cocktail of A Nightmare On Elm Street, The Goonies and Stranger Things. Wild Eye will premiere the film on digital on July 12 before releasing on physical formats later.

Friday, June 10, 2022

“Godzilla: The Official Guide to the King of the Monsters” Roars into Bookstores This September

Uphill Both Ways readers and podcast listeners know that Mike and Joseph are huge fans of Godzilla, so they are anticipating — as all aficionados of The Big Fella should be — Welbeck Publishing’s incredible tome Godzilla: The Official Guide to the King of the Monsters, due September 13, 2022. Written by writer/actor/director/producer and full-on Godzilla enthusiast Graham Skipper (of Sequence Break fame), this is the first officially licensed book to cover the complete Godzilla movie franchise, including both Japanese and Western films. Following is information from the official press announcement.

Discover the complete history of Godzilla in this definitive, official guide to the King of the Monsters.

Godzilla: The Official Guide to the King of the Monsters celebrates more than 60 years of movie mayhem in an exceptional, fully illustrated book. An official publication in partnership with Toho Co., this must-read guide brings together every incarnation of the world’s most famous creature for the first time – including all the Japanese and Western movies, as well as Godzilla’s most celebrated appearances in TV, comics and video games.

Thursday, June 9, 2022

"Everyday I Write the Book"

Episode #122

Ernest Hemingway once said "There is no friend as loyal as a book" and if that's true, then Joseph and Mike have an army of buddies! Join the guys as the talk about the books that they read as kids back in the 70s (and early 80s) and find out who read works by people like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells and who read Beverly Clearly and the ghost writers behind the Franklin W. Dixon pseudonym. We'd say this episode is a "real page turner", but, well - it's a podcast and that wouldn't make a lot of sense. So click the link and listen already!

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Corinth Films’ Science Fiction Triple Feature Picture Show

Way back in olden times when watching a movie meant going to a theater or tuning into whatever was playing on the few TV channels available, there was a lot less to be picky about.  It was during this era that many of us, including myself and podcast co-host Joseph Perry, were exposed to classic sci-fi and horror films from a couple of decades earlier thanks to local horror-host programs that regularly aired those genre films. The rarity of being able to watch this stuff back then made it easier to ignore their shortcomings and enjoy them all the more. Now, in the digital age of entertainment, a lot of these films are unavailable or are poor quality transfers usually airing on free services that plunk commercials into their movies on a clockwork schedule regardless of what’s happening in the film.  The ones that HAVE gotten a physical release were from a while back, mainly when DVDs were the next best thing after videotapes - and even then the quality was sometimes lacking due to compression used in order to squeeze as many films onto a disc as possible.

Monday, June 6, 2022

Movie Review: "Row 19" (2022)

" Russia, Spooky Plane Find You!"

-by Mike Imboden

Right outta’ the chute I need to say that we here at Uphill Both Ways were of two minds when it came to this. On one hand, it’s a Russian production and, well, the last thing we want to be doing here is supporting that country these days.  Since we’re Gen Xers here we grew up with the USSR as our “boogeyman”, so it’s not a huge leap for us to wash our hands of anything to do with Russia.  On the other hand, however, we’ve got no real way of knowing if the people involved with Row 19 support their country’s current actions, so would it be fair of us to hold them accountable and disregard their film?  Ultimately we agreed that ignoring the film would be something that they’d do, and we’re supposed to be better than them, right?  Art is art whether you agree with it or not, so after drawing the short straw I got a screener from Well Go USA and sat down to see what we had sold our souls for (I’m kidding - we didn’t sell or souls - but we DO have to say “do svidaniya tovarishch” whenever we sign off on our podcast now).

So, Row 19.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Quick Update

Congrats to the winners of our Row 19 contest.  There were some interesting - some scary, some kind of funny - entries and we enjoyed reading them all.  While we wanted to give everyone a copy of the movie, we only had the few that Well Go USA provided for us, so we tossed everyone's names in a virtual hat and had our buddy RetroBot 2XL choose the winners. If you didn't get picked, don't sweat it - we've got a new contest for another free movie which we'll announce on this week's show!

Here on the website we'll have our review of the aforementioned Row 19, a new "8 From the 80s" entry, and any bits of news that come across our collective desk that we think you all might find noteworthy.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Watch Your Butt - There’re Gators in the Sewer!

So let’s say that you’ve seen Jaws more than a couple of times and are looking to experience the story of how bigwig officials put the almighty dollar ahead of the safety of the citizens they are supposed to represent, but just aren’t in the mood for Roy Scheider, sharks, or any of that Stephen Spielberg nonsense.  What are you going to do?  Well, thanks to writer/director Paul Dale, you can sit back and “enjoy” Sewer Gators.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Beasts, Monsters, and Mayhem Abound As Film Movement Plus Delivers Even More Freaky Fifties Films

Holy cow! Film Movement Plus just recently started screening a treasure trove of 1950s science fiction favorites, and now the SVOD service is delivering an astonishing assortment of creature features and other oddities sure to delight Uphill Both Ways listeners and readers! Following is the official press announcement.

Film Movement Plus’ cinematic invasion continues, as the SVOD service streams and beams 12 new DRIVE-IN RETRO CLASSICS into homes and devices across Planet Earth. Joining such previously launched classics as THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS and ROCKETSHIP X-M are unforgettable ‘50s-era gems in the categories of “Beasts”, “Monsters” and “Mayhem (The Films of Ed Wood)”. Utilizing the best available elements and transfers, these unforgettable classics hailing from the Golden Age of Cinema have never looked better!
This week’s cinematic drop features some of the best of the worst films ever made, including THE BEAST OF YUCCA FLATS, BELA LUGOSI MEETS A BROOKLYN GORILLA, MESA OF LOST WOMEN, ATTACK OF THE GIANT LEECHES, TEENAGE MONSTER and a trio of Ed Wood classics including GLEN AND GLENDA and the legendary and infamous PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE about which Widgett Walls of said “It's mind-numbingly brilliant in its overwhelming, soul-destroying badness.”

Thursday, May 26, 2022

"The Boys Are Back in Town"

Episode #121

Guess who just got back today? / Them wild-eyed boys that'd been away / Haven't changed, had much to say / But man, I still think them cats are crazy… That's right! Mike and Joseph are back! New shorter length! New intro and outro music! Same old men! It's a little bit of this and that, some catching up, and A CONTEST! This very special episode of Uphill Both Ways is brought to you by Red Barn! How about another exclamation point?!

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

"Horror Channel Unlocks THE VINTAGE VAULT Again This June"

Uphill Both Ways listeners know that your friendly interwebs-neighbors and podcast co-hosts Mike and Joseph love classic horror movies and monsters of all shapes and sizes, and U.K.-based creature feature lovers are in for a treat this June because Horror Channel once again serves up a fantastic array of just such films from the 1950s! Laboratory-created monsters brought to life by mad scientists? Check! Oversized oddities wreaking havoc on an unsuspecting populace? Check! No matter your preference on how such beasts spring to life, there’s something on this bill for creature feature fans of all stripes! Check out the official press announcement that follows.

This June, Horror Channel once again journeys into the history of genre cinema with THE VINTAGE VAULT, presenting double-bills of classic sci-fi and horror films every Sunday night.
The vault is unlocked on Sunday June 5th with Nathan Juran’s Ray Harryhausen inspired 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH. This is paired with Fred F. Sears’ rampaging alien bird yarn THE GIANT CLAW. Then on Sunday June 12th, we have THE MONOLITH MONSTERS, in which the world is attacked by thirsty giant crystals, followed by the beastly mutant classic THE DEADLY MANTIS.
On Sunday June 19th, the brilliantly lurid THE CURSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1957), directed by Terence Fisher, hits our screens, followed by drive-in favourite THE BLOB, starring Steve McQueen. Finally on Sunday June 26th, a Terence Fisher double-bill as the hypnotically sensual and gory DRACULA (1958) swoops onto the channel. This adaptation of Bram Stoker’s classic launched Cushing and Christopher Lee into global stardom. This is followed by Fisher’s equally successful adaptation of the classic Universal monster movies, THE REVENGE OF FRANKENSTEIN, again starring the incomparable Peter Cushing.
Full film details in transmission order:

Monday, May 23, 2022

"Attack of the Retro Drive-In Classics" This May!

If you listen to the UBW podcast - or even just poke around the site here, you are probably aware that both Joseph and Mike grew up watching retro sci-fi and monster movies. From "Dracula" to "King Kong" and "The Day the Earth Stood Still" to "The Time Machine", they still get excited when they have a chance to watch the classics.  So imagine their glee when the following press release came across their metaphorical desk:



Unidentified Fears of the Unknown and Deep Space Are on Tap This Week, With the Premieres of 12 Films – All From the Best Available Broadcast Elements for Optimal Viewing --  Including THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (1958), DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS (1953), ROCKETSHIP X-M (1950) and the Landmark THINGS TO COME (1930) 

New York, NY (May 20, 2022) – This May, look to the sky, as Film Movement Plus is invaded…by the genre gems of yesteryear! Beginning Friday, May 20, the SVOD platform will welcome two dozen “Retro Drive-in Classics” spanning the thematic categories of “Aliens”, “Space”, “Beasts”, “Monsters” and “Mayhem (The Films of Ed Wood)”. Utilizing the best available elements and transfers, these unforgettable classics hailing from the Golden Age of Cinema have never looked better!
Spaced invaders and giant alien brains are on tap with the first wave of the invasion featuring “Aliens” and “Space”, and includes such unforgettable drive-in era shockers as THE BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS, DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS, THE COSMIC MAN, DESTINATION MOON, THE PHANTOM PLANET, ROCKETSHIP X-M and more! Not since “War of the Worlds” sudden terrifying Martian invasion of Grovers Mill have there been so many aliens in one place, so grab a tub of popcorn and a vat of soda and strap in for a trip to the outer reaches – and beyond!  

Saturday, May 21, 2022

“Masters of Make-up Effects”

“Masters of Make-up Effects” Book Is an Unprecedented Insight into the World of Film and TV Make-up Effects 

Wellbeck Publishing is set to serve up a drool-inducing book for fans of classic horror and genre cinema this September when it releases Masters of Make-up Effects by Howard Berger & Marshall Julius. As you can see from the following press announcement and sample pages, the book offers an incredible behind-the-scenes history of such works as An American Werewolf in London, The Thing, Star Wars, and Star Trek — and just look at that who’s who list of those who made contributions! 

Masters of Make-up Effects 
By Howard Berger & Marshall Julius, with a foreword by  Guillermo del Toro and afterword by Seth MacFarlane
 Welbeck | £30.00/$39.95 | 1st September 2022 (UK), 6th September 2022 (US) | Hardback 

A lively, affectionate and candid oral history of iconic make-up effects, from the artists who create and apply them, to the actors who bring them to life, Masters of Make-up Effects is a glorious gathering of behind-the-scenes stories and incredible candid photos, many of which have never been published before.  

Join Oscar-winning make-up effects artist Howard Berger and veteran film journalist Marshall Julius as they usher you onto the sets of cult classics (An American Werewolf in London, The Thing), award winners (Darkest Hour, The Shape of Water) and fan-favourite film and TV franchises (Star Wars, Star Trek, Harry Potter), then into the make-up trailers of scores of industry legends as they regale with thrilling tales and share their histories, insights and inspirations. With a foreword from visionary filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and an afterword by Seth MacFarlane, Masters of Make-up Effects is a revealing celebration of a century of iconic make-up magic.

Exclusive contributions and unseen photographs from:  
Guillermo del Toro • Seth MacFarlane •  Gino Acevedo • Rick Baker • Vivian Baker •  Howard Berger • Doug Bradley • Lois  Burwell • Norman Cabrera • John Caglione  Jr • Bruce Campbell • Greg Cannom • Blair  Clark • Bill Corso • Mark Coulier • John  Criswell • Ken Diaz • Nick Dudman •  Leonard Engelman • Robert Englund • Mike  Fields • Ben Foster • Rob Freitas • Carl  Fullerton • Toni G• Mick Garris • Alec Gillis  • Pamela Goldammer • Neill Gorton •  Barrie Gower • David Grasso • Kevin Haney • Joel Harlow • Mike Hill • Kazu Hiro •  Garrett Immel • Carey Jones • Doug Jones  • Paul Katte • Jamie Kelman• Eryn Krueger  Mekash • John Landis • Tami Lane • Love  Larson • Mike Marino • David Martí • James  McAvoy• Mike McCracken Jr • Todd  McIntosh • Greg Nelson • Greg Nicotero •  Margaret Prentice • Stephen Prouty • Fred  Raskin • Montse Ribé • Mikey Rotella • Sarah Rubano • Tom Savini • Mike Smithson  • Richard Taylor • Christopher Tucker •  Vincent Van Dyke • Eva Von Bahr • Steve  Wang • David White • Matt Winston • Jeremy Woodhead • Kevin Yagher • Louie  Zakarian 

About the Authors
Special Make-up Effects Artist Howard Berger has over 800 feature film and television credits including Dances With Wolves, Hitchcock, Kill Bill 1 & 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Orville, and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Make-up as well as a British Academy Award for Best Achievement in Make-up. He lives in  Los Angeles, CA. 

Marshall Julius is a film critic, blogger, broadcaster and author, whose previous books include Vintage Geek (September Publishing,  2019) and Action! The Action Movie A-Z (Batsford Film Books, 1996). He lives in London, UK. 
Twitter Marshall: @MarshallJulius 
Instagram Howard: @hoops511

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Please Stand By


We thought we'd have the latest show up for you today (May 19th) but an apparent scheduling mix-up has pre-empted our most triumphant return.
Rest assured that episode #121 will be linked to as soon as it goes live.
In the meantime, don't forget about our contest to win a copy of Row 19, provided to us by our friends at Well Go USA!

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Martial Arts Mayhem Heads Our Way with “Ip Man: The Awakening”!

There’s nothing quite like the adrenaline rush you can get from a good martial arts movie, and that grand cinematic tradition of fists-and-furious action is as hot as ever! Fans of these fast-paced films will be keen to learn that Ip Man: The Awakening is about to be unleashed here in the States in both streaming and physical formats. Following is the official press announcement, along with the trailer.   
While visiting Hong Kong, a young Master Ip intervenes in a kidnapping attempt, unintentionally igniting a turf war with a ruthless human trafficking ring in action-packed martial arts drama IP MAN: THE AWAKENING, debuting May 20 exclusively on the martial arts streaming service Hi-YAH! before hitting Digital, Blu-ray and DVD June 21 from Well Go USA Entertainment. When the ruthless gang kidnaps one of Ip Man’s close friends, he is forced to face the group’s brutal boxing champion head-on. Co-directed by Li Xi Jie and Zhang Zhu Lin, IP MAN: THE AWAKENING stars the rising wing chun martial arts master Miu Tse (aka Miao Xie, My Father is a Hero) assuming the legendary title role alongside cast members including Chen Guan Ying, Zhao Yu Xuan, and Hao Yan Fei. The bonus features include an all-new English dub.
While visiting Hong Kong, a young Master Ip intervenes in a kidnapping attempt, unintentionally igniting a turf war with a ruthless human trafficking ring. In retaliation, the gang kidnaps one of Ip Man’s close friends, leaving him with no choice but to challenge the group’s notoriously brutal boxing champion head-on.
Country of Origin: China
IP MAN: THE AWAKENING has a runtime of approximately 80 minutes and is not rated.



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UPC Code: 810348034052

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Pre-Order Date: 5/17/22

Pre-Order Date: 5/17/22

SLP: $29.98

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Audio: DTS HDMA 5.1 / Stereo

Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital / 2.0 Stereo

Well Go USA Entertainment ( is an Oscar®-nominated theatrical and home entertainment distribution label that specializes in bringing the best in action, genre and independent films from the U.S. and around the world to North America. Well Go titles can be seen across a variety of platforms, including in theaters, on-demand, via DVD and Blu-ray and on television, as well as on mobile and connected devices through martial arts movie app Hi-YAH! ( Well Go USA Entertainment’s corporate headquarters is in Plano, Texas, with an additional office in Taiwan.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Next Thursday, May 19th...

Mark your calendars! Joseph, Mike, and their new sidekick, RetroBot2XL, are back and ready for your listening pleasure on May 19th with episode #121!!
It's been almost a third of a year since your favorite retro pop-culture archeologists got together and talked about stuff from the greatest decades ever - the 70s and 80s!
In the meantime, head on over to our favorite sponsor's local establishment and tell 'em Mike and Joe sent you!

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Win a Copy of Well Go USA's "Row 19"!

A couple of weeks ago we shared the announcement of Well Go USA's Row 19 and now we're excited to be able to give a copy away!

All you have to do is fill out the form below and answer the question "What's your scariest experience on an airplane?"

You have until May 31st to enter and we'll be picking a winner at random* from all entries on June 1st.

To enter, send an email to:
and provide the following information:
  • Name
  • E-Mail Address
  • and answer the question "What's your scariest experience on an airplane?"
When several flight passengers suddenly suffer gruesome, unexplained deaths, a young doctor on board begins to suspect that the shadowy, terrifying force behind her own worst childhood nightmare may be back for blood.
ROW 19 has a runtime of approximately 78 minutes and is not rated.

* giveaway is open to U.S. residents only

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

"Massacre at Central High"

Renee Daalder’s Cult Classic Comes To Blu-ray With Synapse Films’ Special Edition of MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH, Available September 13!

“A very good movie, a considerable filmmaking achievement.” - Roger Ebert, Sneak Previews
“Witty, surprising, very entertaining.” - Vincent Canby, The New York Times
It's no secret that Joseph and Mike are fans of genre films from all decades, but those from the 70s and 80s will always hold a special place in their collective heart.  Make it a movie that played well at the drive-in and that's an extra special treat!  Synapse Films looks to provide one of those treats later this year with the Blu ray release of MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH.

Renee Daalder’s MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH remains one of the premiere genre films of the 1970s, a powerful and influential blend of political allegory, social commentary and exploitation film that remains as compelling today as it was in 1976.  Plagued by distribution woes, it would find an audience in the early days of cable TV and VHS but remained out of circulation for decades.  Now, Synapse Films’ Blu-ray release of MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH arrives just in time for students to go back to school, newly remastered (supervised by director Renee Daalder)  with hours of special features befitting this genre classic.  

When new student David (Derrel Maury) arrives at Central High, he discovers that it is lorded over by a gang of bullies who rule the school through intimidation and violence. David’s friend Mark (Andrew Stevens, THE FURY) encourages him to join this dominant clique, but instead David stands up for their victims, and the gang cripples him in retaliation. Soon David begins taking steps to end their reign of terror permanently, setting in motion an explosive cycle of killing that may not end until no one is left to graduate!

Co-starring Robert Carradine (REVENGE OF THE NERDS), Kimberly Beck (FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER), and Cheryl “Rainbeaux” Smith (REVENGE OF THE CHEERLEADERS), MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH is the startling American debut of Dutch writer/director Renee Daalder. While packing in all the sex and violence that drive-in audiences demanded, Daalder also delivers a potent allegory about fascism and power structures in a high-school world where adults are absent. A cult and critical favorite since its 1976 release (and an evident influence on the classic HEATHERS), MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH now makes its long-awaited restored and remastered BLU-RAY debut, so you can study Daalder’s classic like never before and educate yourself with all-new special features!
  • High-definition 1080p remaster scanned, transferred and supervised by director Renee Daalder.
  • Secondary audio track with an episode of Mike White’s ‘The Projection Booth’ Podcast, featuring interviews with cast members Andrew Stevens, Robert Carradine, Derrel Maury and Rex Steven Sikes.
  • Audio interview with director Renee Daalder, conducted by writer/horror historian Michael Gingold.
  • HELL IN THE HALLWAYS: The Making of “Massacre at Central High” – New “making of” documentary produced by Red Shirt Pictures.
  • Theatrical trailer, TV spot and radio spot.
  • Still gallery.
  • Newly translated removable English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.

This release of MASSACRE AT CENTRAL HIGH is REGION FREE for world-wide playback.

VIDEO: High-Definition (1.78:1) Widescreen Presentation / AVC 
AUDIO: DTS HD-MA English 2.0 Original Mono Soundtrack
SUBTITLES: English for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing
ITEM #: SFD0207  
UPC CODE: 654930323090  

Saturday, May 7, 2022

R.I.P. George Perez (June 9, 1954 – May 6, 2022)

We lost an industry titan yesterday with the passing of George Perez.  We knew it was coming and had for some time, but for it to actually have happened is a tough blow.  Any fan of comics in the 70s and 80s (and beyond, of course), should remember Perez for his iconic work on Marvel's The Avengers, DC's Teen Titans, and many others. 
It won't be hard to find any number of career retrospectives, anecdotes, and tributes to this legend written by people who knew him and are much more eloquent than us, so we're not even going to try and will instead just post the kick-ass piece of art.
Thanks for everything, George!

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Terror in the Skies!

Scares in the Air Await in Horror Movie “Row 19”

From The Twilight Zone’s “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” to the more recent Shadow in the Clouds, your friendly neighborhood Uphill Both Ways hosts, Mike and Joseph, can’t resist horror in the skies. A new entry into that cinematic subgenre is headed our way next month when Well Go USA Entertainment releases Row 19. Following is the official press announcement.
It’s terror in the air when several flight passengers suddenly suffer gruesome, unexplained deaths in the spine-tingling thriller ROW 19, debuting on Digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD May 31 from Well Go USA Entertainment. A young doctor on board begins to suspect that the shadowy, terrifying force behind her own worst childhood nightmare may be back for blood. ROW 19 stars Svetlana Ivanova (Cosmoball), Marta Timofeeva (Abigail, Baba Yaga: Terror of the Dark Forest), Wolfgang Cerni (T-34), Ekaterina Vilkova (Dark Planet, Black Lightning, Hipsters), Anatoliy Kot (House Arrest, Lektor, Battle for Sevastopol) and Victoria Korlyakova (Power, Better Than Us). The bonus features include an all-new English dub.
When several flight passengers suddenly suffer gruesome, unexplained deaths, a young doctor on board begins to suspect that the shadowy, terrifying force behind her own worst childhood nightmare may be back for blood.
ROW 19 has a runtime of approximately 78 minutes and is not rated.

Catalog #: WGU03393B
UPC Code: 810348033932
Pre-Order Date: 4/26/22
SLP: $29.98
Audio: DTS HDMA 5.1 / Stereo

Catalog #: WGU03392D
UPC Code: 810348033925
Pre-Order Date: 4/26/22
SLP: $19.99
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital / 2.0 Stereo


Well Go USA Entertainment ( is an Oscar®-nominated theatrical and home entertainment distribution label that specializes in bringing the best in action, genre and independent films from the U.S. and around the world to North America. Well Go titles can be seen across a variety of platforms, including in theaters, on-demand, via DVD and Blu-ray and on television, as well as on mobile and connected devices through martial arts movie app Hi-YAH! ( Well Go USA Entertainment’s corporate headquarters is in Plano, Texas, with an additional office in Taiwan.