Hi. Joe Pulver chiming in . . .
I had seen AM1200 at the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu Con and have been a big fan of this film ever since. When Craig asked me to contribute to this site my first thought was to mention this film and again make people aware of it. The following is something I posted on The Net back in ’08. Recently I watched the film again, my 9th time, and it stays w/ me. So I want to bring it up again and hopefully make fans of this wonderful site go in search of it.
The following is what I posted a couple of years ago. My praise for this film has not diminished one iota.
Here's the facts. AM1200 is a 40 minute horror thriller written, produced and directed by award-winning DVD producer, David Prior (Zodiac, Fight Club, Master & Commander).
I had the very great pleasure of meeting director/producer David Prior at the H P Lovecraft Film Festival & Cthulhu Con last weekend. Yeah, he's got mountains of talent, but for yer old bEastie's money and better than that, this is one hell of an interesting, NICE guy! & did I mention he's got vats of talent? And as luck would have it, I got to see his stunning film AM1200. Subtlety, Atmosphere! !!, excellent acting, sound design that's about as perfect in a film as I have come across [and many of you know how addicted to the aural I am.] this film has it all in spades. From the opening tracking shot I was hooked and for 40 minutes I sat riveted to the movie screen before me.
Festival director, Andrew Migliore, said if you only see one film at the festival this is it, and boy was he was right! !! Those of you who know me well know I'm not big on horror films. I have grown weary of buckets of blood and cheap over the top frights. Engage my mind and you'll win my heart! That said, this one hooked me deep. And if it can lure me in, I'm betting this finely crafted thriller will grab you as well.
You also know how much I hate spoilers, so here's a brief description of this engrossing film. Investment analyst Sam Larson [played by Eric Lange – what a performance! 2 bEastly paws way up!!] has a lot on his mind. After a financial scam goes horribly wrong, he hits the road in a desperate bid to outrun his guilt. A fragment of a radio broadcast, that may be a distress call, lures him to an isolated transmitting station and into a terrifying mystery of murder, madness and the insatiable hunger of a power beyond his comprehension. I'm not going to go into any more details than stated there –get yer paws on this and see for yourself. For all the info you need, zip over to http://am1200.com/ and watch the trailer. As Eric Burdon once said, "It will be worth it."
David Prior offered to give me a copy of his film, but I felt so strongly about what I had just seen—experienced, I dashed [I'm not kidding about hot-footing it to grab one of these] to the dealers room and bought one. This film needs to be supported by every one who loves dark films. And don't take my word for it, director David Fincher [can ya say SE7EN, or ZODIAC, or FIGHT CLUB?] said, "David Prior, in 40 short minutes, shows why he is the single most promising director I've seen in years." And Del Toro loves Prior's work, so what else to you need to know? Get yer paws on this horror thriller! !!
That’s it. I think it will be hard to find a copy of this DVD, but I urge everyone to root around Ebay, ask in forums, or beg a friend who may have been one the lucky ones to get a copy, and find a way to see this superb film.
All my bEastly best! !!