Let Us Prey (2014) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Brian O’Malley
Starring: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Bryan Larkin
Rated: UR/Region A/2:44/1080p/Number of Discs 1
Available from Dark Sky Films
Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh, The Woman), a rookie cop, is about to begin her first nightshift in a neglected police station in a backwater town. Surrounded by both disgruntled officers and irate petty offenders, her job becomes all the more difficult and terrifying when a mysterious man (Liam Cunningham, Game of Thrones) is brought in and strange things start happening to everyone in the station. As it becomes clear that the enigmatic stranger has something to do with the supernatural events, Rachel finds herself in a fight for her life against cop and criminal alike as one by one they turn on each other and themselves. Now she must survive the night and uncover the stranger s true plans for the station s hapless denizens before she too falls prey to the unholy power that seeks to destroy them all.
Let Us Prey (not the p.r.e.y. and not p.r.a.y.) is the type of horror film that creeps up on you. We open with some neat little visuals, all of which that make sense later. We see a lot of birds flying around and we of course see a strange man played by Liam Cunningham. We move on a bit and we have a police officer (Pollyanna McIntosh from The Woman) out on patrol after having some strange dreams. She sees what she thinks is a young man run over someone, but there is no body to be found. This sets the table and the setting for when she returns to the station with her odd co-workers and then the strange man we see from the start of the film’s opening credits be brought on into the station. From that point on, the stranger is making people having strange visions and start acting extremely violent. This is when the fun part of the movie starts. It might get a little dull from time to time getting to that point, but once we reach that point the movie becomes extremely fun during its last act!
One of the best things this one does outside of showing us some pretty cool violence spots from time to time is show us some great cinematography. There are some simple shots that seem way more interesting than they should have been due to the extra effort that was placed in the shot. That goes a long way to give you a creepy vibe and feel that is very much appreciated. One other thing I really liked about this one was Pollyanna McIntosh and Liam Cunningham in their roles. They are the bread that holds this horror-thriller sandwich together. You could have tossed whatever you wanted in the middle to fill the space, but these two make it what it ends up being at the end of the day. I’m not going to say this is by any means a perfect movie, because it is slow going at the start and might be selling a bill of goods some just won’t appreciate, but I do think it gets where it needs to get by the later part of the movie and sitting nicely by the end. It is a bit of an odd ride along the way, but for the parts where there was clearly extra effort put forth, you notice and that is what overall makes this one worthy of checking out.
– Making Of
Quality of Transfer: 97%
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