Let Us Prey
Directed by Brian O'Malley
Rachel, a rookie cop, is about to begin her first night shift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. They all think they're there by accident and that, with a little luck, life is going to get better. Wrong, on both counts. Six is about to arrive - and All Hell Will Break Loose!
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★★★★ review by Daniel Rodriguez on Letterboxd
A rookie cop is forced to face the worst side of the evilest people in town as they reveal their true faces when a mysterious man arrives there. Insanity and violence are everywhere in this outstanding Horror flick. With secrets being revealed one by one and descending into the darkest corner of the human mind, Let Us Prey creates an incredibly thrilling atmosphere; it is the kind of movie that makes you hold your breath and stare in shock at the screen all the time. It is relentless and merciless to its character, who must fight to save themselves all the time. It's also blasphemous in many ways and biblical evil plays an important role in it. Let Us Prey is one of the purest forms of Horror out there, definitely not for the weak. However, it might end up as one of those films no one ever hears about.
My only issue with the film was my own inability to understand the Scottish accent, so I missed a lot of the detail in the dialogues. That is basically and excuse to watch the movie again, with subtitles this second time around.
First Rating: 4.5
Final Rating: 4
★★★★ review by Waldo on Letterboxd
This is like Carpenter doing a mash up of his own classics. A mix between Assault on precinct 13th and Prince of Darkness. An almost desolate Irish precinct house, a mysterious stranger in a cell plus the cops and civilians that start unraveling in bloody ways by their own actions. Nice throwback synth score, an effective little chiller. Demented violent ending. Loved it.
★★★½ review by Andy Summers on Letterboxd
Unfortunately the Scottish Film Industry hasn't had too many hits in recent years, but small budget little independents are becoming the ones that people want to see. The likes of the Glasgow Film Festival's Frightfest has unearthed the odd little treasure in recent years, but this low-key horror/thriller first got some attention following director Brian O'Malley's announcement at the Toronto Film Festival of his intention to bring us a cryptic horror film that could be described as timeless. Well Let Us Prey is timeless all right, and it was an unexpected treat for this fan of Scottish-set films.
Liam Cunningham is the mysterious stranger who arrives in a remote Scottish town and quickly ends up in a police cell. He however wants to be there, and everyone else is going to wish that they weren't. This is violent, creepy, gory, and atmospherically foreboding. This is a film that doesn't hold back on the shocks, the blood, and the WTF moments that make you question what you just witnessed. Heads in fridges, unspeakable violence, and scenes of depravity that should keep most horror fans pretty happy. It also kept this non-horror fan quietly amused throughout its entire runtime with some great kills and enough back story and supernatural hokum to unnerve. Brutal, uncompromisingly horror, you should see this one for yourself and make up your own mind as to whether you, like I did, would like to see a sequel.
★★★½ review by Mr. DuLac on Letterboxd
So who's first?
Liam Cunningham takes a nice relaxing vacation from the stresses of Game of Thrones by visiting a small Scottish town with nothing but violent insanity in tow. He is only known as Six and we know he's of supernatural origins thanks to the stylish opening credits, but his actions end up being much more subtle then you'd expect.
What I loved here is that Six never directly threatens anyone or even takes actions against anyone. He creates chaos simply by implying to people that he knows something specific about them and then all hell breaks loose with most of the main action all taking place in a police station.
We do get a heroine though in Pollyanna McIntosh as PC. Rachel Heggie who happens to be on her very first night shift. What could possibly go wrong? She's great in the role even though she's much less angrier then she was in The Woman.
This is director Brian O’Malley's feature film debut and despite the mixed reviews this film gets, I think it shows tremendous potential as he demonstrates great style throughout the film despite it's limited locations. Honestly he reminded me of a few early films from some horror icons which I won't name.
Looking forward to what O'Malley directs next.
★★★★ review by Peter Valerio on Letterboxd
Surprisingly good. The people in a small town police station are in trouble when a stranger rolls into town. He seems to know everyone's secrets. Chaos ensues. The Carpenter-style synth score didn't hurt.
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