A videogame based on the surprise hit independent micro-budget horror/comedy feature film CONJOINED has been developed for the Atari 2600.
Filmmaker Joe Grisaffi of Starship Films (Dead of Knight, Lars the Emo Kid, Laughing Boy, Death and a Salesman) has teamed up with video game programmer Jason Santuci of Gemintronic to produce an Atari 2600 videogame based on the surprise indie horror/comedy hit Conjoined, directed by Joe Grisaffi, written by Chuck Norfolk and Tim Norfolk.
Film synopsis: When a lonely man (Stanley, played by Tom Long) finds out the love of his life has a conjoined twin, who happens to be a serial killer, he must take drastic measures to keep his love life intact while keeping himself out of big trouble.
The Atari 2600 game follows the concept of the movie. Stanley must catch the hearts that his love Alina is throwing to him while avoiding the broken hearts and daggers that he maniacal conjoined twin sister is throwing at him. After collecting all of the surgical items that appear after successfully catching a series of hearts, Stanley advances to the operation level, where he must separate the twins.
“I grew up with the Atari 2600,” says director Joe Grisaffi. “I am thrilled to have produced a fun game with programmer Jason Santuci for the video game console that meant so much to me as a child. I am incredibly grateful to Jason for helping me realize a childhood dream of designing video games.”
The first run of the game, including a numbered limited edition, will be available through a Kickstarter campaign, launching on May 31, 2016. The limited edition will include a classic Atari-style box, the game cartridge, a DVD of the film, a limited edition lapel pin, and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by programmer Jason Santuci, director Joe Grisaffi, and AtariAge’s Albert Yarusso, who will be manufacturing the cartridges.
Programmer Jason Santuci and filmmaker Joe Grisaffi also teamed up to create Atari 2600 games for the films Dead of Knight and Laughing Boy, both produced and directed by Grisaffi. Santuci’s other games include Upp! for the Atari 2600 and Code Eliminator for the Sega Genesis.
Jason Santuci has worked in the I.T. industry for decades. At various times a tech monkey, software tester and finally indie g ame developer. Focusing on using beginner friendly tools Jason has created over a dozen games ranging from Atari 2600, Sega Genesis and PC.
The feature films Grisaffi has helmed include Dead of Knight, Lars the Emo Kid, Laughing Boy and Conjoined. As an actor, Grisaffi has starred in Haunted Trailer, Gem of the Rainforest, Pound of Flesh, has appeared in Psychic Experiment, Jacob, and Zombiefied, among others. Joe will soon be seen as real life serial killer Dean Corll in the film In a Madman’s World.
Conjoined has been a surprise hit for the filmmakers, with screenings at festivals and conventions all over the world, gaining new fans for both the film and the filmmakers. Conjoined has screened at Texas Frightmare Weekend, Calgary Horror Con in Canada, Comicpalooza, Chicago Horror Film Festival, Ravenna Nightmare in Italy, Cinema Wasteland, FANtastic Horror Film Festival, and many other genre events. Conjoined was also asked to be a part of William Collins’ film KILD-TV, as the late-night movie being broadcast during the events of KILD-TV.
Viewers can find Conjoined on Amazon Instant Video and on the Independent Network Channel (INC) on Roku, with availability on other outlets coming soon.