let us prey

Karma Po­lice

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

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.

The swish new Hoover had its draw­backs.

His fire- eat­ing act im­pressed no one.

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