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The Devil (?) Comes to Scotland...

A Revenge Honey Review by Linnie

Let Us Prey (2014)

I've made it clear under numerous circumstances that I have no use for Lucky McKee. Whether it's May or The Woman, my nope face is distinct and immobile where it comes to McKee's movies. Because of this, I've never quite understood all of the hullaballoo over actress Pollyanna McIntosh. Yes, she was dynamic in The Woman, but I so despised the film that I couldn't focus on anything else. However, in the past month, I have watched several of McIntosh's newer movies, and after finally seeing Brian O'Malley's Let Us Prey, I can officially say...

I get it. Boy do I ever. Wow.

The Story: Rookie cop Rachel (McIntosh) is starting her first night at a nowhere police station on the night shift. Her commanding officer is a dick, her co-workers have an annoying clique of two, and the jail is full of small-town ne'er-do-wells. But there is a catch... One of the men in the cells has no name and no background. And he seems to know everyone in the building's deepest darkest secrets. As everyone around her starts to die in increasingly brutal ways, Rachel must figure out who the man is, before she is forced to confront her own past.

You could sniff out my secrets any day, Liam.
I must say, when I first began Let Us Prey, it felt like a more-Scottish and far more bloody rip-off of Stephen King's Storm of the Century. However, once the film really started humming, I was utterly sucked in. Liam Cunningham (probably best known as Davos Seaworth in Game of Thrones) plays the man only known as Six, and his quiet menace is totally intriguing. His role is a minimalist one, and as he forces each prisoner, and each officer, to confront their own terrible sins, he does so with the most elegant air of intensity. He is terrifying, oddly sexual, and absolute perfection.

You might be my new favorite, Pollyanna.
And Pollyanna McIntosh... Yowza. While I wasn't fond of the film White Settlers, I appreciated that McIntosh has a truly fierce screen presence. But Let Us Prey cemented that McIntosh is both a ferocious final girl and a force to be reckoned with in terms of action set pieces and gore. You are never any less than completely engaged in her performance as Rachael, and the ending was (spoiler free) absolutely everything I hoped it could be. The only thing better than a Final Girl surviving until the credits is watching that same Final Girl become a badass beyond any level imaginable. And Let Us Prey/Pollyanna McIntosh delivered that in spades.

I really just wanted a glass of juice. But ok...
Much was made before Let Us Prey's release over the film's gore factor, and on that front, it doesn't disappoint. But unlike other films, that just toss in pointless blood and guts to satisfy the viscera hounds, every drop of blood in O'Malley's film serves a purpose. The gore and effects are brutal and unsettling, but the moments of violence all serve to the film's greater message. Since this is a spoiler free review, I won't reveal more except to say, villains and heroes aren't black and while in Let Us Prey.

Wrapped in barbed wire? Probably not a comfortable way to fight crime.
Much like Storm of the Century, Six's origins are never made clear, but unlike Storm, they are definitely theologically based. What I loved about the script from David Cairns and Fiona Watson was that God or the Devil, Angel or Death, Six could be any or all of these things. It is up to the viewer to decide what they believe, and while I'm normally not huge on ambiguity, in this case, it works. Factor in the potential for sequels, and I'm 100% on board with Let Us Prey becoming a Pollyanna McIntosh and Liam Cunningham lead franchise.

Let Us Prey is a dark, gory, and mostly original take on the theological horror film with two exceptionally strong leads. This is a film that has the potential to become a horror classic, and I don't toss that around phrase around randomly.

Revenge Honey Rating: 4 nasty secrets out of 5

Let Us Prey is now available on iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube VOD, and blu-ray/DVD