The Raid Director Gareth Evans Details New Horror Movie
Perhaps after three films of Indonesian chop-socky, you yearn for a change of scenery. That’s maybe why Welsh director Gareth Evans, best-known for his outrageously inventive action flick The Raid (and its sequel), is trading in the OTT fight choreography for some spine-chilling horror for his fourth feature, Apostle.
With a release date set and first poster image (above) revealed, now’s the time to start getting excited about Evans’s foray into the genre. A period piece, Apostle centres on a young man (Dan Stevens, last seen in superior X-Men TV show Legion and Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast remake) who journeys to a remote island to rescue his sister (Sing Street‘s Lucy Boynton) from a charismatic cult leader (Michael Sheen) and his followers.
So far, so Wicker Man! There’s a lot of that going around, actually. According to the official synopsis, released this week by Netflix, as Stevens’s character “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.”
This is by no means Evans’s first foray into horror, nor into this specific subject matter. His was the stand-out segment of found-footage anthology V/H/S 2, wherein a film crew turn up at a Indonesian cult’s compound just as their doomsday prophecies begin to bear fruit. That was an intense, gory and disturbing ride; here’s hoping he succeeds at translating that to a full feature.
Along with Stevens, Boyton and Sheen, Apostle stars Mark Lewis Jones, Bill Milner, Kristine Froseth, Paul Higgins. I’m convinced he’ll find a way to get either Iko Uwais or Yayan Ruhian in there too, though. Sure, it’s set in 1901, but who’s to say Mad Dog didn’t have a grandfather who hung out on the Welsh coast…?
Apostle will hit Netflix on October 12 2018, just in time to make for an effective Halloween double-bill with V/H/S 2.