“The promise of the divine is but an illusion.” – Netflix
Religion can be scary when taken to an extreme, and the new Netflix original film Apostle seems no different. Movies, where the poor outsider crosses the zealous elites of a small isolated town and is persecuted for it, are not new but this time the torture looks incredibly brutal and feature devices that seem to have a Saw-like but medieval feel. Director Gareth Evans is an expert at creating viscerally graphic films as we’ve seen from his Raid series.
The lead cast members include Dan Stevens who has some considerable horror experience on his resume but is in a very different role from the last project I saw him in, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and Michael Sheen (who will always be a vampire in my mind thanks to his role in the Underworld series and his role in Twilight. This movie looks like it could be a deeply disturbing viewing experience, one that I am looking forward to.
Apostle premieres on Netflix October 12 and should be added to your Halloween viewing schedule immediately thereafter.