Sunday, December 25, 2022

Happy Holidays!

From all of us here at the Uphill Both Ways corporate offices we want to wish you a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season, regardless of what you may celebrate.
Yippe-ki-yay!
Happy holidays from Uphill Both Ways


Friday, December 23, 2022

COMING SOON! Kids vs Aliens (2022)

Extraterrestrial Might Against Teenage Angst

Hobo with a Shotgun director Jason Eisener’s latest mind-blower comes to theaters, On Demand and digital from January 20

Kids! Aliens! What’s not to like? Well, that all depends on the kids’ behavior. Mike and Joseph love a good alien invasion flick, and it looks like they are in store for just that with RLJE Films/Shudder’s Kids vs. Aliens!
All Gary wants is to make awesome home movies with his best buds. All his older sister Samantha wants is to hang with the cool kids. When their parents head out of town one Halloween weekend, an all-time rager of a teen house party turns to terror when aliens attack, forcing the siblings to band together to survive the night. 

Kids vs. Aliens
Directed by: Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun)
Starring: Dominic Mariche, Phoebe Rex, Calem MacDonald, Asher Grayson Percival, Ben Tector
Screenplay by: John Davies & Jason Eisener
Produced by: Yer Dead, Shut Up & Colour Pictures, Bloody Disgusting
Country of Origin: USA
Language: English
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Distributor: RLJE Films/Shudder
Run Time: 75 minutes









COMING SOON! Candy Land (2022)

Can a Religious Cult Exile Find a New Life with Highway Hookers?

Joseph and Mike have soft spots for grindhouse and classic slasher movies, and have had their antennas up for a wide release of this one since its world premiere last summer at London’s FrightFest. The time has finally arrived, and this is one Uphill Both Ways readers and listeners won’t want to miss!
Synopsis
Candy Land follows Remy (Olivia Luccardi, It Follows), a seemingly naïve and devout young woman, who finds herself cast out from her religious cult. With no place to turn, she immerses herself into the underground world of truck stop sex workers a.k.a. "lot lizards," courtesy of her hosts, Sadie (Sam Quartin, Body Brokers), Riley (Eden Brolin, Yellowstone), Liv (Virginia Rand) and Levi (Owen Campbell, X). Under the watchful eye of their matriarch Nora (Guinevere Turner, American Psycho) and enigmatic local lawman Sheriff Rex (William Baldwin, The Squid and the Whale), Remy navigates between her strained belief system and the lot lizard code to find her true calling in life.

About the Director
A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, John Swab's films are based upon prevalent themes from his life, including addiction, abuse, crime and redemption: Candy Land, a provocative horror/thriller set in the underground world of truck stop sex workers; Little Dixie, an action/thriller starring Frank Grillo set for release via Paramount; Ida Red, an action/thriller starring Josh Hartnett, Frank Grillo and Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo, which world premiered at the 2021 Locarno Film Festival; Body Brokers, an expose about the predatory drug addiction treatment business, starring Michael Kenneth Williams, Frank Grillo and Academy Award-winner Melissa Leo; Run with the Hunted, Woodstock Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature Film Winner, an action/thriller starring Ron Perlman, Dree Hemingway, and Michael Carmen Pitt.

Director John Swab’s horror thriller hits theaters, On Demand and digital from January 6

Candy Land
Directed by: John Swab
Starring: Olivia Luccardi, William Baldwin, Sam Quartin, Owen Campbell, Virginia Rand, Guinevere Turner, Eden Brolin
Screenplay by: John Swab
Produced by: Jeremy M. Rosen, John Swab
Executive Producers: Robert Ogden Barnum, Michael Reiser
Country of Origin: USA
Language: English
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Distributor: Quiver Distribution
Run Time: 93 minutes







Thursday, December 22, 2022

"Fly Like an Eagle"

Episode #131

Uphill Both what? Oh, the retro pop-culture nostalgia podcast hosted by those proud card-carrying members of AARP? We're back, baby! Mike is almost fully recovered from his surgery a couple of months ago so it's back to the grind! The guys spend this episode catching up on things from the past couple of months, including movies, TV, and books. There's no regular feature this episode, but there IS plenty of flying by the seat of their pants. enjoy the show!




Thursday, December 15, 2022

Book Review: The Kinderhook Creature and Beyond: A Personal Reminiscence (2022)

"The Bigfoot of Hudson Valley"
by Joseph Perry

The town of Kinderhook, New York has been home to  President Martin Van Buren, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip Van Winkle” author Washington Irving, author of the book being reviewed here Bruce G. Hallenbeck, and, some say, a cryptozoological beast akin to the Pacific Northwest’s Sasquatch. In The Kinderhook Creature and Beyond: A Personal Reminiscence, Hallenbeck discusses the 1980s heyday of high strangeness and what has happened since in the town and its surrounding area, during which he, his family, and other locals including law enforcement officers have had many fascinating experiences.

Thursday, December 8, 2022

Hermit's Desert Solitude Shattered By Savage Cultists

NIGHT OF THE BASTARD

A "Grimy, Brutal Take on the 70s Action Thriller" from Eric Boccio Coming to Select Theaters VOD and Digital Platforms January 13, 2023
Joseph and Mike have made it no secret that they have a soft spot in their hearts for the old drive-in theaters and the types of movies you'd see there.  Based on the synopsis, Night of the Bastard looks like it will be provide a good throwback to those days.

Disgruntled hermit Reed lives a solitary life in the desert. After chasing away a group of youths trying to party near his home, Reed’s peaceful life is violently upheaved when a group of savage cultists lay siege to his house. 
Forced to partner up with one of the party-goers, Reed and his newfound colleague must defend themselves into the night, all while long-buried and disturbing secrets are revealed to him as part of the cult’s evil plan. 


NIGHT OF THE BASTARD
Directed by: Erik Boccio (Funny or Die's Weirdfellas, Brutal Realty, Inc. Blood Bath)
Starring: London May (The Dark Knight Rises, Verotika), Mya Hudson (A Wall Away, upcoming F*ck, Kill Mary), Hannah Pierce (Flock of Dudes, The Hunted), Henry Mortensen (Crimson Tide)
Story by: Eric Boccio and London May
Screenplay by: Chuck Foster and Christian Ackerman
Produced by: Erik Boccio, London May, Christian Ackerman
Country of Origin: USA
Language: English
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Distributor: Dark Sky Films
Run Time: 82 minutes

Partial Theater Listing:
(additional to be added)
Film Noir Cinema/Brooklyn, NY
Guild Cinema/Albuquerque, NM
FilmScene/Iowa City, IA

Film Review: “The Mean One” (2022)

"As Cuddly as a Cactus, as Charming as an Eel"
by Joseph Perry
Been craving a horror parody of Seuss?
Look no further, because The Mean One is loose.

Krystle Martin plays a traumatized adult Cindy
Who, when young, saw a monster kill her mom on a night snowy and windy.

She returns home years later with her cheerful dad,
But naturally things turn out quite awful and bad.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Film Review: “I Am DB Cooper” (2022)

"Take the Money and Run"
by Joseph Perry
Yours truly, like so many others, has been fascinated with the mystery of DB Cooper — the epithet of the unidentified man behind the only unsolved case of air piracy in the history of commercial aviation — since hearing about it on the news as a youngster. The person behind the infamous hijacking and escape over the Pacific Northwest has never been found or identified, although director TJ Regan brings an intriguing possibility to the screen in the docudrama I Am DB Cooper.