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First trailer for Apostle is a witches' brew of horror

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Sep 17, 2018, 10:04 AM EDT

Netflix has just dropped the first trailer for its upcoming original film Apostle, which looks like a sure contender for horror movie of the year.

Apostle is set in 1905 and stars Dan Stevens (Legion) as Thomas Richardson, who learns that his sister is being held for ransom by a religious cult. Thomas travels from London to the remote island that is home to the cult, which is led by the sinister and charismatic Prophet Malcolm (Michael Sheen). As Thomas begins to infiltrate their ranks, he learns that the cult itself is a nest of corruption and that there may be something even more secret and evil behind it.

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Apostle is written and directed by Gareth Evans, a Welsh filmmaker whose three previous films were all set in Indonesia and introduced the world to the martial art known as pencak silat. His stunning, hyper-violent action movie The Raid (2011) and its epic sequel The Raid 2 (2014) became international sensations and put Evans on the map as a director to watch.

While he's reportedly had talks about directing both Justice League Dark and a Deathstroke solo film, Evans decided on Apostle as his next film, and judging by the eerie trailer, he has the same flair for horror as he does for martial arts thrillers.

His short, shocking horror tale "Safe Haven" -- also about a cult -- was a highlight of the anthology film V/H/S 2. But while that was set in the present, Apostle clearly pays tribute to great period genre outings like Witchfinder General, Blood on Satan's Claw, The Wicker Man, and The Witch, with all the bizarre rituals, sadism, torture, and twisted societies that are a trademark of those films.

Apostle will have its world premiere in Austin, Texas, at Fantastic Fest, which begins this Thursday (Sept. 20) and will be released globally on Netflix on Oct. 12.

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