Let Us Prey (2014)
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While Let Us Prey is far from original... it's an unconventional and entertaining piece of film that maintains its suspense and terror in the minds of its audience from beginning to end.
Let Us Prey feels at once classic and modern; horror the way it was always supposed to have been made. You will not be disappointed.
Half an homage to horror stories you already know, and half a collection of themes, ideas, moments, and shocks you might not see coming.
Working with wunderkind cinematographer Piers McGrail, O'Malley keeps the carnage coming and images memorable.
...a stagy and wholly uninvolving mess that's something of a chore to sit through.
Audience Reviews for Let Us Prey
Pretty dumb. Another confusing horror/suspense film. Ending is cool but there's not a lot else here.
This is a good horror movie, even though I do think that it probably thinks that it was more clever than it actually was. I think that it likes to pretend that it's more subversive than it actually is. It doesn't really do anything that hasn't been done before, particularly in the horror genre. With that said, I do think the film offers a good mix of mystery, suspense and gore to satisfy a wide variety of horror geeks. My earlier complaints aren't meant to suggest that I don't think the film is intelligently written, because it is, but its reach definitely exceeds its grasp. Honestly, it's a bit of a weird love story between God and Satan. Yes, you read that right. At least that's how I perceived the ending, it's like a reconciliation between those two. Honestly, while it was a good idea in theory and the execution was actually pretty good, it's the type of twist that I usually hate in that, when put to scrutiny, it doesn't actually make a whole lick of sense as the film likes to speak in riddles. I mean I liked it because it added a whole new layer to the film that definitely wasn't there in the beginning and the actual idea behind this was actually good. It's just that it, realistically speaking, doesn't really make sense. Then again, Six knowing the sins of everyone at the police station really wouldn't make sense if you really think about it. So it is what it is. And, honestly, like I said, I didn't actually hate it as much as I usually do because it's actually well-executed. This isn't a scary horror film, but it does build a good amount of tension and it peaks really well. The climax is really well done. I've seen a lot of complaints about the dialogue itself and I, honestly, outside of a couple shitty lines, never really noticed it that much to the point that it was detrimental to the entire experience. The acting of the film is actually pretty damn good, it might actually be the best thing about the film. I just think everyone plays their character incredibly well, but, of course, Liam Cunningham steals the show. Granted, his character is designed to be the focal point, but Liam Cunningham has an incredible presence and manner of delivery that makes it so your eyes are drawn to him any moment he appears in a scene. Even if that scene includes gruesome deaths. The cinematography is also pretty damn excellent and it's a supremely well-shot film. I'm kinda curious why the film didn't have a more positive reception with viewers here. It is what it is and, in the long run, as long as I liked it then, and I mean it in the nicest way possible, then it doesn't matter if anyone else liked it or not. It's just that the movie definitely has a lot going for it, so you'd think audiences would've liked it more. With that said, its reach might exceed its grasp, as I mentioned, but it's still a good horror movie that I'd definitely recommend as a rental. Maybe wait until it hits Netflix Instant, if it ever finds its way on there, but this is a good horror movie, so I can't complain much.
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