Trailer: Gareth Evans APOSTLE

With one film, the director of THE RAID solidified himself as a guy to watch out for, and his name became one to get excited about. Then he followed that classic up with a sequel just as good — and arguably better — than the original.

In between those two action movie all-timers, Evans directed the best segment of the found footage anthology V/H/S/2 called “Safe Haven”, the tale of a news crew reporting on an Indonesian cult, which proved that the director was not only a master in the action genre, but had horror chops to boot.

Now, with his new feature, he’s returning to cult territory and bringing one of my favorite weirdos, Dan Stevens (THE GUEST) along for the ride.

We’ve known about APOSTLE (not to be confused with THE APOSTLE) for a while, but knew little in terms of plot, but now Netflix has blessed us with this wicked trailer.

If Evans brings the same level of craftsmanship to this tale of supernatural horror that he brought to his action films (and everything in this trailer indicates that he will), then we’re in for a helluva treat this Halloween season.

Here’s the official synopsis:

"London, 1905. Prodigal son Thomas Richardson (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. Written and directed by Gareth Evans (The Raid), Apostle is a harrowing occult fable where the only thing more horrifying than madness is the sinister reality behind it."

I’m getting some major WICKER MAN vibes from that synopsis and I am here for it.

APOSTLE premieres at Fantastic Fest next week before hitting Netflix on October 12th.