Every now and then a movie comes a long where you're not sure whether they're serious about the movie they made or if they're just pulling your leg. Let Us Prey is that kind of film. I was bored one night and decided to turn this on because the trailer looked so chilling. From the over done, Gothic opening sequence that tries way to hard to be eerie, I knew I was in for some cheesy entertainment.
It didn't take long for me to realize that the movie was exactly this. Let Us Prey has the dark, shadowy cinematography that you would expect from a movie about demons. The story itself is also completely unoriginal. A man gets locked up in a jail cell on the first night of a rookie cop's shift in a new town. He starts spouting ominous versus from the bible and that's when all hell breaks loose.
The performances of the actors are pretty intense. They're so intense that they're very unbelievable. The characters feel like the writer decided to throw together a bunch of stereotypical horror movie characters to see if they worked with each other. It gives the movie a very campy feel and it's hard to take it seriously after that.
Even though the characters are slowly revealed for the horrible people that they are, there is nothing shocking about the revelation because so much is revealed upfront that the later details don't mean much. The writing is pure camp and cliche', but I wasn't expecting award-winning writing anyways. There's nothing particularly scary about the film, but they do manage to pull of solid gore scenes that will make you squirm.
That's the best part of the movie sadly, the gore, that's it!
The ending seems like it was made in a cheap attempt to pull off a twist ending. However, there is nothing twisty about it. It's underwhelming and slightly confusing. I'm not even sure what the point in the ending was, but it felt as pointless and cliche' as the movie itself.
I can't say it was a complete waste of time because in reality, it actually held my interest until the very end. It's a short film running at just 1 hour and 30 minutes so, if you decide to watch this film for entertainment one night, you won't lose too much time. Anyone who views this will get a campy viewing experience, don't rush to put it on your Netflix que though.