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!
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
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
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Distributor: Quiver Distribution
Run Time: 93 minutes
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