May 26 saw the release of another Anchor Bay Canada title. This time it was Scottish film Let Us Prey directed by Brian O’Malley. I got to see this movie on the big screen at last years closing night of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.
Let Us Prey is described as… “Reporting to work at a neglected police station in a Scottish backwater town, Rachel (Pollyanna McIntosh of The Woman, Offspring) is in for a hell of a night. A mysterious prisoner known only as ‘Six’ (Liam Cunningham of “Game of Thrones,” Clash of the Titans) is brought into the station and immediately has a strange effect on everyone present. With her fellow officers being pushed to the edge and the prisoners seemingly going mad, Rachel must fight just to survive her first shift and live to see the morning.”
For me it’s easy to describe as a slow burn thriller about good and evil with a well handled supernatural element. By the time the movie ends, you may be questioning what you believe to be the ultimate truth about justice for the wicked.
I have to admit it was great to get a second look at the film all these months later. When I first saw the movie on the closing night, I walked away a little underwhelmed. The 88 minute running time felt too long at points and too short in others. At the time I decided it had an overall pacing problem to go along with an ending that did not work for me.
This time around, I didn’t have the same issues with the pacing at all. I actually found it worked well as a slow burn on the ratcheting tension of what was happening to each person over the course of the movie. As with the first time, the two biggest elements that worked for me again were the opening sequence and the music (which it won an audience award at TADFF 14 for best music score by Steve Lynch). It’s eerie, John Carpenter inspired cues really helped deliver the tension in each scene.
What I appreciated more the second time through was the performances. Each cast member did really well with the plots they each received with the stand outs being the two leads, Liam Cunningham and Pollyanna Macintosh. Both gave really nice, nuanced performances. Well, right up until the last minute of the movie. That’s where, once again, I was derailed while watching.
Cunningham’s Six and Macintosh’s Rachel are coming together from different points on the board but they are colliding in a rather unexpected way. That unexpected way was what didn’t work for me the first time out and still didn’t this time. However, it still doesn’t take away from the rest of the movie overall. I just wished for a different final moment than what was given.
The overall disc presentation was well done but again, Anchor Bay has fallen short on the extras front. There is a trailer and a short 10 minute Behind the Scenes feature on the making of Let Us Prey. That’s it. Nothing more beyond that. While I don’t really care personally about extras, there are a great number of people who this matters to. It’s for that reason I complain. That and I always like to feel I got my money’s worth when I add a Bluray or DVD to my collection. Honestly, I would have liked a piece on the creation of the music choice to follow the John Carpenter style by Steve Lynch. That would have made a big improvement for me when it comes to the extras on this disc.
Otherwise, the disc looked great. The film retained it’s creepy feel in each shot and overall represented the colours and the blacks well throughout, with a nice 5.1 surround mix (and a 2.0 sound mix as well for those who may not have anything but stereo sound).
My biggest complaints about Let Us Prey continue to be the last minute of the movie and the lack of extras on the disc. Other than that, I would recommend the movie to those who enjoy a slow burn thriller about bad people getting what they deserve.
Let Us Prey is now available from Anchor Bay Canada and Raven Banner on DVD/Blu-ray.
Rating: RENT IT!
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