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Let Us Prey (2014)

Not Rated | | Horror, Thriller | 12 June 2015 (Ireland)
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Held in a remote police station, a mysterious stranger takes over the minds and souls of everyone inside.

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Brian O'Malley
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Cast

Cast overview:
Liam Cunningham ... Six
Pollyanna McIntosh ... PC. Rachel Heggie
Bryan Larkin ... PC. Jack Warnock
Hanna Stanbridge ... PC. Jennifer Mundie
Douglas Russell ... Sgt. MacReady
Niall Greig Fulton ... Dr. Duncan Hume
Jonathan Watson ... Ralph Beswick
Brian Vernel ... Caesar Sargison
James McCreadie James McCreadie ... Mulvey
Sophie Stephanie Farmer Sophie Stephanie Farmer ... Young Rachel
Andrew Parker Andrew Parker ... Young Man
Holly Beattie Holly Beattie ... Car Crash Victim
Katie Gilbourne Katie Gilbourne ... Mrs. Hume
Max McCarthy Max McCarthy ... Dr. Hume's Son
Ellen Keaveney Ellen Keaveney ... Dr. Hume's Daughter
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Rachel, a rookie cop, is about to begin her first night shift in a neglected police station in a Scottish, backwater town. The kind of place where the tide has gone out and stranded a motley bunch of the aimless, the forgotten, the bitter-and-twisted who all think that, really, they deserve to be somewhere else. They all think they're there by accident and that, with a little luck, life is going to get better. Wrong, on both counts. Six is about to arrive - and All Hell Will Break Loose! Written by Anonymous

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Darkness shall rise.

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Horror | Thriller

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UK | Ireland

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English

Release Date:

12 June 2015 (Ireland) See more »

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Aprisionados See more »

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2.35 : 1
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In the room where Rachel was kept as a young girl, there are 5 names scrawled on the wall: Annabelle, Lucy, May, Heather and Rachel. See more »

Goofs

When Ralph Beswick the Teacher is looked up in the Prisoner manifest by the women constable you see his list of current and past charges on the first shot of the screen the red word CURRENT is across from history in the second shot it is in its correct spot across from the first Spousal assault you see on this list. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Caesar Sargison: Fuck! Oh fuck, shit!
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References Hawaii Five-O (1968) See more »

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Gather Up the Devils
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Written and Performed by Steve Lynch (feat. Masha)
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Excellent horror in the tradition of the western morality tale
29 March 2015 | by curt_doolittleSee all my reviews

Well developed characters, good casting, articulate script, well acted, well directed - particularly the flashbacks which are too often a weak point, and produced adequately if cost effectively, provide us with an unexpected gem, and one of the best in the genre in the past five years.

Little things matter. Loved the barbed wire work throughout. The director does not overindulge the characters or the actors. And conversely, he still retains sufficient bloodiness to invoke our primitive emotions and symbolism without trying to shock us with something new - the story is the story after all, and it's a character's journey. And he respects us along the way.

One of the things that struck me repeatedly, was the difference between the British and American acting schools, and just how much better suited the British technique is for presenting the internal moral conflict necessary for good horror. Thought still exists in such characters, where Americans favor the senselessness of the raw nerve. As if honest acting somehow prohibits rational moral conflict, and self reflection.

The director proves it's still possible to still produce a moral movie, a moral horror movie, in the western tradition of our pagan fairy tales and Christian horror tales. It's just not in possible to do in Hollywood, where our pagan and Christian morality is actively suppressed both by intent, and non-verbal consensus in the culture of the place.

Prey is how it is done. Without novelty of effects and gimmicks that can be put into trailers, it may be harder to sell to distributors and studios. But it's a nearly flawless addition to our visual libraries.

I hope we see a series of movies with the same character development, with the same basic effects, under the same narrative, hopefully by the same producers. They're profitable. We want them. We can't get enough of them.

So yes. More please.

And thank you.


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