Gareth Evans (The Raid films) directed a movie for Netflix called Apostle that will hit the streaming service on October 12. The horror movie takes on cults, enigmatic leaders with rapt and brainwashed followers, and the bloody business of thrashing people in the early 1900s.
London, 1905. Prodigal son Thomas Richardson (Dan Stevens) has returned home, only to learn that his sister is being held for ransom by a religious cult. Determined to get her back at any cost, Thomas travels to the idyllic island where the cult lives under the leadership of the charismatic Prophet Malcolm (Michael Sheen). As Thomas infiltrates the island’s community, he learns that the corruption of mainland society that they claim to reject has infested the cult’s ranks nonetheless - and uncovers a secret far more evil than he could have imagined.
I’ve seen a lot of horror movies and I’ve been underwhelmed by most of them. I did, however, enjoy Netflix’s The Ritual and gasped at different points during the trailer for Apostle. I’m actually excited to see what Evans has done with the film and hope that the trailer is indicative of its quality and not of a fantastic editor.
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