let us prey
released 19 october 2015 | 18 | DVD
Director Brian O’Malley
Cast Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna
McIntosh, Bryan Larkin
Although ultimately it’s a flawed film, the opening of Irish horror Let Us Prey is a real stylish threat; with a sinister stranger ( Game Of Thrones’ Liam Cunningham) making his way through stunningly shot Scottish fields to descend upon a small parochial town.
It’s a style that director Brian O’Malley maintains as the unnamed man, who may or may not be an agent of Hell, is locked up in a local police station among the town’s cops and criminals, who he then proceeds to possess and punish in the name of biblical judgement. This remote town possesses a nonsensical amount of murderers – from the station doctor whose sliced- up family waits at home to the Christian sergeant with a gay man’s head in his fridge. A grittier Midsomer Murders, if you will.
There’s strong direction and a fierce performance from Cunningham, but the tonally uneven script falls short of the hyperreal farce it’s aiming for. Such a self- contained plot means the film’s momentum relies on its characters, who are simply uninteresting. A shame, as Let Us Prey possesses moments of genuine brilliance – not least its Event Horizonstyle ending – but just doesn’t compel as a whole.
Extras None. Stephen Kelly
There actually is a Midsomer Murders episode called “Let Us Prey”, about a series of killings motivated by religion.
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