Monday, November 02, 2015

Let Us Prey

 (2014) ***1/2

After watching Last Shift which involved a female rookie cop left alone in a station, I couldn't resist following up with this Scottish film which had a similar premise. Both films turned out to be quite good.

Rookie cop Rachel starts her first shift with a man who is brought in after a hit and run an incident, weird thing is that the victim, an old vagrant, disappeared. The old man shows up at the station and weird things begin happening. The four men being held in the cells all feel they have been incarcerated in error and just want to be released. Their obvious guilt has a way of surfacing as one by one their inner demons are revealed. No one is safe, including the veteran cops on duty who are harboring their own secrets. As the night goes on madness ensues erupting in rage and violence.

This film stands out by taking a familiar situation and turning it into something unique and engaging. Backed by some very good actors Liam Cunningham (Game of Thrones, Dog Soldiers) and Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman) the film seems to have a life of it's own as the violence escalates and secrets are revealed. A fun film to watch, what baffles me is why the Scottish don't make more horror films with credits like Dog Soldiers and The Wicker Man on their list I don't get it because it sure seems like they know how to get it right.


JPX said...

Wow, you have discovered so many gems this year! This sounds like another good one. There just wasn't enough time in the month to watch everything I wanted to (isn't that always the case?).

AC said...

Great find! One of our friends recently became a police officer and despite being a rookie female cop, so far she has managed to avoid this apparently common predicament.

Johnny Sweatpants said...

I watched this one early on but haven't reviewed it yet. I loved the main actor!

Octopunk said...

Ha ha AC! I love that this is the first shift instead of the last one, and yes to more Scottish horror!