Release Date: May 26th.
Written by: David Cairns & Fiona Watson.
Directed by: Brian O'Malley.
Starring: Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh, Douglas Russell, Bryan Larkin and Hanna Stanbridge.
I don't know why so many people (like us) are so quick to compare movies to one another, but we just have to say that Let Us Prey felt a lot like Assault on Precinct 13 meets The Prophecy, with a serious helping of blood & gore thrown in for good measure. It also reminded us a lot of The Traveler and Storm of the Century in parts too, so maybe it's just one of those movies that borrows heavily from, or was inspired by, a bunch of other recognizable movies.
There aren't many movies in this Genre (or in general) that don't find inspiration in others that have come before them, so it's really all a moot point as long as they're good. Which this one was.
|OR MAYBE HE IS HELL?|
|SHE'S NO FOOL THOUGH!|
|THEY ARE ALL GOING TO PAY.|
All Hell breaking loose vigorously ensues.
As simple and familiar as this story is (it feels a lot like The Traveler or Storm of the Century, at least in some ways), it allows the pieces of its narrative to come together slowly, one at a time, until we're left looking at a disturbing, horrific puzzle of human depravity. The movie isn't perfect, but damn it if it wasn't entertaining as hell. For a production with a smaller budget, it definitely makes the most out of what is has.
|WILL SHE SURVIVE? (NO.)|
Aside from Rachel, the characters in this movie were pretty unlikable, so it was hard for us to give a shit about any of them dying... but maybe that was the point. The fact that we loathed almost all of the characters in this movie is at least a solid testament to the skill of the actors who played them.
Let Us Prey also boasts one hell of a score, which at times reminded us of 80's era John Carpenter. Using retro synth-driven scores seems to be a popular trend in Genre movies lately, and as great as it usually sounds, we're not complaining one bit.
We're probably wrong, but we're still going with our instincts and saying that he was Satan. We'd really like to know for sure either way though.
|WHO ARE YOU?!?|
|HE IS VENGEANCE, SO SAYETH THE LORD.|
|THEY'RE PROBABLY GOING TO NEED A NEW FRIDGE.|
|WHY ARE ALL RAGING BITCHES SO HOT?|
|THAT RIGHT THERE IS THE WORST KIND OF SECRET THERE IS.|
Let Us Prey is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.
Pollyanna McIntosh and Hanna Stanbridge are in this.