Friday, 5 June 2015


After being told to go to Hell by a potential 'victim', Liam Cunningham's Six replies, "Why bother? All the Devils are here." He's not being flippant either. 

Brian O'Malley's disturbing thriller stars Liam Cunningham, on a break from Game of Thrones duty and unrecognisably creepy, alongside a strong female lead, Pollyanna McIntosh (Filth, The Woman), and some of the most despicable characters ever committed to film. Bryan Larkin (Outpost 3), Hanna Stanbridge (Outcast) and Douglas Russell (A Lonely Place To Die) more than make up the numbers in this atmospheric offering.

Rachel (McIntosh), a rookie cop, is about to begin her first night shift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. Rachel is the only character with redeeming qualities, spending her first evening with a horde of psychos, murderers and low-life scum. But enough about her work colleagues... 

Things take a sinister turn when Cunningham's Six arrives, notepad in hand, and in echoing the early works of John Carpenter, O'Malley has crafted an extraordinarily efficient horror movie sure to leave a lasting impression. The setting is reminiscent of Assault on Precinct 13, and the pulse-pounding synth score is a continuous reminder of Carpenter at the top of his game. 

O'Malley is patient with his build up, introducing the characters in a curious first act that bleeds black humour, wit and impending doom from every pore. Halfway through, at about the time Six makes his presence felt, the characters show their true colours and what follows is a brutal exercise in bloody rampage and retribution. 

It's gloriously over the top and delivered with style to spare, in fact, the visual flourishes draw you in from the very first frame. Cunningham is cool, calm and measured as the world around him falls apart, but it's O'Malley who pulls off the greatest trick. Let Us Prey is an absolute blast from start to finish, O'Malley is a name to watch.   

 Let Us Prey is available on DVD in the UK from October 5, 2015

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