lonely man meets a woman on a dating website and they fall in love.
When wedding bells start to ring, the fiancée decides it's best to
meet and to move into his apartment. But there is one caveat, her
sister is also moving in. Attached at the hip, one of the
sisters is a little psychopathic in this feature comedy suspense
motion picture by Director Joe Grisaffi titled
by Chuck and Tim Norfolk "Conjoined" follows Stanley
Arnold (played by Tom Long) a single loner who is seeking love on a
match making website. There he meets Alina (played by Michelle Ellen
Jones) a pretty young woman seeking a relationship and marriage. As
their "online" romance continues things get serious.
Stanley proposes to Alina and invites her to live with him in his
small abode. Wanting to start the relationship on the right foot,
Alina confesses that she has a twin sister named Alisa (played by
Keefer Barlow). They are not identical twins. Alina informs Stanley
that she and her sister are pretty close and that Alisa is going to
live with them in Stanley's small home. More concerned about two
sisters living with him in his small home, he reluctantly agrees as
he is in love with Alina.
the day comes that Alina and Stanley meet for the first time at his
home, he is surprised and shocked to find that Alina and her twin
sister, Alisa, are joined at the hip...LITERALLY. They are
in the least deterred, Stanley is determined to make this
relationship with Alina work for the best. As their relationship flourishes,
Stanley seeks a partner for Alisa and asks his buddy and co-worker
Jerry (played by Jacob Bryd) to check out the hot and available
Alisa over dinner. This is where we find out that Alisa is a mean
alcoholic, a vixen and a bit psychotic with violent
tendencies. Never giving up, Stanley suggest that Alisa seek a
partner on a dating website, the same website where he met Alina.
Looking at several dating candidates, Alisa convinces Ty (played by
Troy Parker) to come over to the house. When Ty realizes that he is
dealing with Siamese Twins, he starts to take pictures. Alisa flips
out and bashes Ty's head in in a sequence that seems to last
forever. As the bodies start to pile up and Alisa's appetite
for blood grows stronger, Stanley must now figure out how to separate
the twins and end the bloodshed.
take on the Story:
The story written by Tim and Chuck Norfolk is unique and we found it
to be a very entertaining story. There was comedic situations and
the dialogue led this story through the beginning, to the middle and
to the end. It's not a very complex story, but it didn't really have
to be. The premise was easy to follow, you have Siamese twins, one
good the other psychotic and a boyfriend in the middle of them. The
story lends itself for building up characters, introducing problems,
finding resolutions and finally ending with a planned resolution. We
found it to be very well written. Sure there were some plot holes
but it worked.
take on the production value, the technical side:
On their "Conjoined" facebook page under "about"
the team states in their "Short Description", "A
lonely man. An internet romance. A house with no doors. No shot
list. Complete disregard for continuity. Plot holes you can drive a
truck through. Lowering the bar for indie horror." And, yes
there were some continuity issues and yes there where some plot
holes but we do disagree that this movie lowered the bar for
independent horror. The story did have a beginning, middle and
end. Lighting was interesting and a bit flat, there were some
lighting set ups, but mostly a key light and maybe a filler.
Sound was not rich or deep but it was consistent throughout the
entire movie. There was a bit of an echo in the delivery of lines,
but it worked for this movie and sound was kind of raw in its
nature. Camera work was excellent and creative. (no
blurriness, no washouts) The cinematographer took the time to block
and frame his shots, even though they alleged that they didn't have
a shot list. If their creativeness, in shooting this movie came on
the fly, they did an excellent job in putting a nice piece of work
together. The movie's score was complimentary and not over bearing.
think Director Joe Grisaffi did
a great job in directing and producing this movie. He was able to
get some outstanding performances from all of the talent involved
with this movie, including his crew. What we especially enjoyed were
the extended "pausing" scenes where the camera continued
to shoot despite the lack of dialogue or action. We think it
intensified the emotions or humor in these kind of scenes.
Ordinarily, these type of scenes don't work, but Mr. Grisaffi was
able to interpret the story and did an excellent job in giving the
audience something humorous to look at in this movie. It worked and
Mr. Grisaffi did a fine job in directing the action, the characters
and telling a story.
take on the Acting:
This was an interesting ensemble of actors and it worked. The actors
in this particular movie were meant to play these particular
characters. Tom Long, who played Stanley, was outstanding and paired
with Michelle Ellen Jones, who played Alina, produced a believable
and loving couple who really cared for each other (in make believe).
Also, Michelle paired with Keefer Barlow, who played Alisa, was
genius. Although, they were loving sisters, joined at the hip, they
had very different personalities. One sweet and innocent, the other
a psychopathic vixen. Ms. Barlow was outstanding and her performance
was absolutely wicked. She was every bit a psychotic and she made
the character. You won't be disappointed in any of the
Even though this movie was a little rough in its production value,
with regard to sound and lighting, we nonetheless found this feature
movie to be very entertaining. Getting past the imperfections,
"Conjoined" had the "look" of a "cheesy"
movie, but I just happen to know both the writer and director of
"Conjoined" and they, individually, have made some
outstanding projects utilizing the rules of filmmaking. We
have a feeling that this movie was meant to appear as "Lowering
the bar for Indie horror", however, and on the contrary, the
low production value of "Conjoined" may be an
illusion cause this was a nicely constructed movie, with a good
believe us? Check out the movie for yourself. You can order it, get
on DVD or BluRay, you can also stream it online through Amazon and
NetFlix or any other online distribution outlet.
News & Entertainment Magazine and C47Houston WEEKLY rated
"Conjoined" using the TSIRS scale and rated this movie as
a strong 4.6 out of 5 Stars.
Company: Starship Films LLC and Lucky Chucky Productions
Produced by: Bob Willems
by: Stefan Lopez, Derek Huey, Joe Grisaffi and Chuck Norfolk
by: Chuck Norfolk and Tim Norfolk
by: Joe Grisaffi
Consultant: Kristi Boul
Visual Effects by: Nick Rios
Consultant: Liz Tee
"Bitch (can't hode dey smoke)" by Toe Head from the album
Quid Pro Toe
Tom Long as Stanley Arnold, Michelle Ellen Jones as Alina, Keefer
Barlow as Alisa, Jacob Byrd as Jerry, Sara Gaston as Detective
Waters. Also cast: Dan Braverman, Stefan Lopez, Troy Parker, Derek
Huey, Larry Carrell, Nick Nicholson, Deidre Stephens.
by: H.Luna / C47Houston News & Entertainment Magazine /
C47Houston WEEKLY All Rights Reserved 12-20-14