EXCLUSIVE: MPI Media Group’s Dark Sky Films banner has picked up U.S. rights to Let Us Prey, from Irish helmer Brian O’Malley. The commercials director makes his feature debut with the horror tale about an enigmatic stranger (Game Of ThronesLiam Cunningham) who’s detained overnight in a small town police station, where his dark influence takes over the minds of the inmates and officers around him. Let Us Prey played Cannes and the European genre circuit before making its U.S. debut over the weekend at Austin’s Fantastic Fest. Dark Sky is plotting a spring 2015 release.

Let Us Prey also stars The Woman‘s Pollyanna McIntosh, Hanna Stanbridge (Outcast), and Bryan Larkin (Outlander) and was co-written by David Cairns and Fiona Watson. The film is a co-production between Fantastic Films, Greenhouse Media Investment in association with Mr. Significant Film, the Irish Film Board, and Makar Productions. Eddie Dick, Brendan McCarthy, and John McDonnell are producers. “Director Brian O’Malley instantly proves that he is a new director to watch,” said MPI’s Greg Newman. “Solid performances from fan favorites Pollyanna McIntosh and Liam Cunningham should cement Let Us Prey as a worthy entry in the exciting new wave of Irish horror.”

MPI’s Greg Newman negotiated the deal with Metrodome International’s Caroline Couret-Delègue. Let Us Prey is the second genre deal to come out of Fantastic Fest, following Drafthouse Films’ acquisition of the Lou Taylor Pucci-starrer Spring from Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.