Let Us Prey Movie Review
Written by TGM
Released by Dark Sky Films
Directed by Brian O'Malley
Written by David Cairns & Fiona Watson
2014, 92 minutes, Not Rated
Blu-ray/DVD released on May 25th, 2015
Liam Cunningham as Six
Pollyanna McIntosh as PC. Rachel Heggie
Bryan Larkin as PC. Jack Warnock
Hanna Stanbridge as PC. Jennifer Mundie
Douglas Russell as Sgt. MacReady
Niall Greig Fulton as Dr. Duncan Hume
Jonathan Watson as Ralph Beswick
Brian Vernel as Caesar Sargison
James McCreadie as Mulvey
Ever have a really awkward first day at a new job? Like, maybe you showed up a half hour late because you parked in the wrong garage, or made cordial introductions to all your new coworkers with your fly down, or perhaps you spilled coffee on your office mate's family photo, you know, the irreplaceable one from the Grand Canyon with dead Aunt Gene, or maybe you ate the last jelly doughnut when everyone knows that those are Steve from IT's favorite? Well, that all pales in comparison to Rachel's first day on the job as a rookie officer in a podunk Scottish police station in Let Us Prey.
It all starts off well and good, with a group of seemingly dedicated cops watching over a rag-tag group of criminals. It's very quaint, like an episode of The Andy Griffith Show. But once a mysterious and stoic stranger is brought into the jail after a violent car accident, things quickly start to unravel at the seams.
This gruff drifter has the power to see the dark, horrible secrets that everyone keeps buried just underneath the skin. Police officer and criminal alike are forced to reveal their dank underbellies, the covered up murders, the police brutality (towards other whites, go figure!), the rapes, the sadism, the carnage, and the perversions that everyone seems to be harboring. These revelations cause all that are outed to essentially go batshit crazy, culminating into a veritable meat-grinder of gore and mayhem.
The performances are universally top-notch, in particular those of Douglas Russell as the sinewy Sargent and Pollyanna McIntosh (White Settlers, The Woman) as PC. Rachel Heggie. Of course Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) is fantastic as usual; after all, the guy could read the instructions on Minute-Rice and make you shit your pants from intimidation. A quick word on Pollyanna McIntosh: She absolutely devours her screen time and deserves to be a bigger star than she is. She transitions from frightened victim to Amazonian ass-kicker (she's 5'10”) flawlessly in a blink of an eye. She easily reminds one of a young Sigourney Weaver and is her clear heir-apparent on the tall-drink-of-water bad-ass hottie meter. If we ever get a movie about Ellen Ripley's daughter whooping alien tail, Ms. McIntosh's cell-phone better be blowing up like a fat kid at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
Let Us Prey does tend to spin its wheels a bit with a substantial amount of slow-burn exposition that makes you question if it will all be worth the pay off at the end. The answer is, thankfully, a resounding YES. The last twenty minutes is some of the most riveting action-horror footage I've seen since the original From Dusk Till Dawn. The ending also sets up a potential sequel whose premise would be brilliantly brutal, and I, for one, hope it comes to fruition.