As I’ve mentioned in a few of my early days, I am a huge fan of H.P. Lovecraft. So much so that I have made it personal mission to watch any and all Lovecraft inspired movies, even when they are so bad they hurt. While on this rather torturous quest, I discovered a hidden gem, which would become this years October ninth film, AM 1200. Now this film didn’t have an enormous budget, though it did have one recognizable actor and effects that were adequate. One thing it certainly had was the mood of Lovecraftian horror in spades. Basically, a man is driving throughout he desert at night, obviously lost. He begins to hear something ominous on his radio, which leads him to an isolated radio station. I won’t tell you what he finds, but it only gets better from there. I’m not going to lie and say it will have you soiling your trousers or that you will have nightmares for days. Because, frankly, almost no horror pulls that off, and Lovecraft’s brand of horror would require some intense and mature reflection of the subject matter to really drive the unease home. AM 1200 is short, sweet, will absolutely be worth whatever time you decide to put into it.
My rating 4 out of 5 screams on the Samhain Scare-o-meter.