Game of Thrones’ Liam Cunningham plays the menacingly taciturn stranger who fetches up one night in the cells of a backwater Scottish town in stylishly shot but very gruesome horror thriller Let Us Prey.
He seems to be a demonic angel of retribution, able to see into the hearts of his fellow cellmates and the cops. And everyone present – save for Pollyanna McIntosh’s haunted rookie cop – harbours a very dirty secret or two.
With the station clock ticking down to midnight, first-time director Brian O’Malley turns the screw of suspense with fiendish relish and ensures the wicked meet very bloody ends. Gorehounds will lap this up, but fainthearts should steer clear.
Certificate 18. Runtime 88 mins. Director Brian O'Malley.
Let Us Prey is available on Digital & DVD from Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.
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