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Apostle (2018)



Critic Consensus: Apostle resists easy scares in favor of a steady, slow-building descent into dread led by a commanding central performance from Dan Stevens.

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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. 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.

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Critic Reviews for Apostle

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (9)

Apostle gets too bound up in the island cult it's meant to be escaping.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Apostle is ultimately an absorbing, horrifying movie that's maybe not as smart as it wants to be. But it is a lot stranger, and more disturbing, than you might expect.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm not sure 'Apostle' quite justifies its 130-minute running time, but you have to say this about it: It's like nothing else you could include in your annual Halloween horror marathon this year.

October 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A Gothic horror mystery that's less like an adrenaline shot to the heart than a rusty, hand-cranked drill to the skull.

October 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Evans' signature intensity translates seamlessly in Apostle...

October 11, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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Shifting his energies to a Victorian-era island blood cult hasn't dimmed Evans' taste for feverish body harm, but it's more clearly laid bare his narrative shortcomings.

October 11, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Apostle

Could have been great if some the ideas and characters were fleshed out a little more but Evans can still stage an violent set piece like no one else, and this is a mostly a wild ride when it sticks to the basics of its genre.

Alec Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

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Gorgeous looking and gloomy Netflix horror movie in the vein of classics like "The Wicker man" or recent sleeper hit "Black Death". The atmosphere, the actors, the look, all that works. Unfortunately, the plot is oddly confusing at times, as are some characters easy to mix up and unknown motivations. That still works for some gruesome, sometimes even exciting entertainment, but unfortunately fails to deliver a long lasting punch.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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