“But what 13-year-old boy isn’t obsessed with arcade games?”
As the father of a 14-year-old son who regularly pounds his desk in anger after being sniped in Fortnite, that is a good question. It’s also the question posed by Jimmy Kelly and Michael Tuite, the co-writers of Polybius, a short horror film directed by Kelly and based on a real urban legend about the titular 1981 arcade cabinet game that drove people mad in the Portland, Oregon area. Who better to investigate and get to the bottom of this than horror legend Tom Atkins!
Tom “Thrill Me” Atkins made a name for himself in early to mid ’80s starring in cult horror classics like John Carpenter’s The Fog (1980) and Escape From New York (1981), Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982), and my personal favorite Atkins film, 1986’s Night of the Creeps. Always a man who commands attention and respect, Atkins plays Sheriff Atkins in the film, and is trying to solve the mystery of young boy’s apparent suicide after playing the game.
The synth score and Stranger Things vibe puts you right into an ’80s arcade. Check out the trailer below.
Fight On Entertainment Presents a Jimmy Kelly Film Starring Tom Atkins (The Fog, Halloween III, Lethal Weapon)
“Based on the urban legend, a teenage girl tries to convince the local Sheriff that a mysterious new game cabinet caused her brother to commit suicide.”
In 1981, a mysterious arcade game popped in random places in Oregon. During it’s run, government men would visit the game, take readings, and leave. Those that had the misfortune of playing claimed to suffer from depression, night terrors, obsession, and more. Our story takes place at the beginning of this legend. JENNIFER, an intelligent teen, witnessed her brother succumb to the game. She has arrived at the police station to talk with SHERIFF ATKINS (Tom Atkins) where she is questioned by him and his protege OFFICER LLOYD. The three attempt to discover what is Polybius.
Beat the game, Lose your life!
It’s Not Just a Game…