"Let Us" Preys On Your Nostalgia Review

Pollyanna McIntosh, who created ripples with her deranged, primal breakout as The Woman in The Woman, stars as Rachel Heggie, a rookie cop starting her first night at a remote Scottish police station where the dregs of society sit forgotten in dreary cells. Brian O’Malley makes his feature debut as Game of Thrones’ Liam Cunningham turns up on the streets and is arrested after being thought dead for years. Locked in the Silence of the Lambs-infused basement with the other monsters, he slowly preys on each, taking their souls for the sinful crimes they committed. Gore and fiery death awaits. O’Malley captures some exciting seaside imagery, but betrays his modest budget with token shots that smack of lack of time, lighting, and proper execution.

The various criminals all share depraved stories of their crimes, giving most of the film’s forward push by way of flashbacks, and leaving no doubt that they all deserve to suffer and die for the blood, usually gratuitous in volume, on their hands. The heavy synth score more than slightly evokes John Carpenter’s classics, with the isolated police station borrowing heavily from the pages of Carpenter’s very own Assault on Precinct 13. Seen as a fanboy love letter to an old horror master, the flick can be taken as a fun, depraved ride, not expertly realized, but with the obvious zeal of a diehard devotee of an old style.


Making of and a trailer.

"Let Us Prey" is on sale May 26, 2015 and is not rated. Horror. Directed by Brian Omalley. Written by Fiona Watson & David Cairns. Starring Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh.

Kyle North • Staff Writer


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