The Creature Columns: "AM1200: An Obscure Masterpiece" by Tom "Creature" Jeffers
My main interest is to focus on the incredible mood and the way the film progresses. I keep using the word dread for a reason. As Larson goes on the run we feel the dread of prison chasing him. The radio broadcast causes a shift to another type of dread. We dread what might be going on at the station. Once Larson breaks down in front of the station, we feel the dread of an inescapable fate. Through all of it we get a sense that we are trying to understand that which is not understandable. This is what cosmic horror does. It is also why I generally find it to be my absolute favorite category of the horror genre. It is such a hard thing to achieve, but David Prior’s tight writing and absolutely bullseye pacing manages to create something incredibly special. Even the tiniest details are used to create a smart, terror-inducing, dread-filled experience. The very letters of the station KBAL bring to mind the word “Cabal,” This layers the film in a richness that is seldom seen. Somehow the 39 minutes of story we are treated to seem like hours. It almost made me feel like I was holding my breath the entire time. Once the film gets going, the audience cannot help but watch in grudging horror until the climax. And what a climax…..shudder.
www.am1200.com. It is one of the most prized DVDs in my collection. I just hope that one day, AM1200 gets picked up by a boutique label and is given the treatment it most assuredly deserves. This is one for the ages.
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