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Let Us Prey (2015)
Written by: The Arrow
Director: Brian O'Malley

Starring:
Pollyanna McIntosh/Rachel
Liam Cunningham/6
Douglas Russell/Sgt. MacReady
Hanna Stanbridge/Jennifer
7 10
PLOT-CRUNCH
A ominous stranger (Liam Cunningham) with a killer trench coat and an even more impressive beard winds up being booked into a police station. Weird shit starts to happen and bodies eventually hit the floor. Who is this dude? What does he want? And what in the bleep is going on? It’s up to tough chick cop (Pollyanna McIntosh) to find out!
THE LOWDOWN

The first thought that popped in my mind as the movie opened and the bass heavy synthesizer score (by Steve Lynch, sample it here) kicked in was: “This sounds like some badass John Carpenter shit” . And as the storyline of the film progressed and I started getting the “bigger picture” I thought: “This is reminding me of some old school Carpenter shit – Assault on Precinct 13th to be exact”. And that’s exactly how LET US PREY (written by David Cairns & Fiona Watson) came off, a love letter to the old John Carpenter films but that also managed to have its own identity at the same time.

This sucka made for an easy f*cking watch! The pace was tight; the atmosphere oppressively macabre (the lighting reminded of old school "giallos" at times) while director Brian O’Malley’s stylized visuals (his use of slow motion carried mucho impact) and the brilliant camera work (props to DP Piers McGrail) delivered the happenings with oomph. Personally, when the opening scene kicked in (watch it here) with them giant waves hitting the rocks, an apparition rising and ravens flying about – I knew I would dig this flick’s vibe. And I was right! It wound up being horror eye candy at its finest! Story wise; the chain of events and the initial mystery had me engrossed that’s for sure and the more the clock ticked forward, the crazier and more extreme the affair became. By the time we reached the last act, it was “all bets are off, lets go buck nuts” time! Yeehaw!

Another big plus here was the casting! Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones) brought silent menace and coolness to his enigmatic role of “Six” whilst on her end Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman) delivered once again as the heroine of the picture: tough, vulnerable, sexy and all badass. The surprise of the movie though was definitely Douglas Russell as Sgt. MacReady (MacReady, Get It? A Carpenter’s The Thing homage). Lets just say the lad wound up going places that I didn’t see coming and yeah, he had a rocking good time wih it! Talk about a totally “out there” performance. Add to all that some fairly bold and grisly moments, a potentially added layer to the story that made it even more interesting to me (I say potentially because maybe my theory is bullshit), a deliciously dark sense of humor and an ending that carved a smile on my face in how unorthodox it was; and you get a well rounded ride!

On the flip side, taking into account the set-up and the potent mystery that was tossed my way, I expected the film to go to wilder and more original places. At the end of the neck-snap, although still engaging, the WHO and the WHY behind it all wound up being “been there done that” a zillion times. By result, a handful of left field turns aside, the bulk of the film was fairly predicable. That always takes away from a watch for me: a mystery is set up, you're seeking for the answer and once revealed... it's the most obvious one. Bugh. Moreover, was I alone in thinking that it was tad odd that everybody that popped up in that Police station was either a sociopath or a psychopath? Now if my theory (that added layer thing I hinted at above) is true – it makes sense. If I’m out to lunch on it… well…  then it doesn’t make sense, it’s just convenience to serve the plot.

All in all LET US PREY made for a sleek, bleakly funny and mean sit down! I can think of worse ways to kill an hour and a half of one's life!  

GORE
We get blood, body parts, balls blown off, a head missing its top, a table leg through the head, glass in the throat and more! 
T & A
None that I can remember.
BOTTOM LINE
Although I kept wishing it would surprise me more and that it would go to more unique places, LET US PREY still resulted in fun f*cking times! It moved fast, looked fly, sounded awesome (that score so owned), gored it up like a champ, had some sick laughs and sported a stand out cast to boot. Liam Cunningham and Pollyanna McIntosh were the tits as always and some of the supporting players WILL surprise you! If you haven’t seen it yet, give it whirl!
BULL'S EYE
Irish actor Liam Cunningham of course plays the role of Davos Seaworth in "Game of Thrones.

Pollyanna McIntosh was born in Scotland in 1979.
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2:18PM on 09/22/2015

I liked it too

It wasn't flawless, but it was a lot of fun!
It wasn't flawless, but it was a lot of fun!
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