Religious cults in film and TV are all the rage at the moment, and don’t be surprised for a second if Mary Poppins has to deal with a murderous psychopath with an army of adoring, brainwashed civilians at his beck and call in Mary Poppins Returns.

With that said, Mary Poppins Returns is due for a December release, and that’s too long to wait to get our cult fill, so luckily the famed director of The Raid franchise and the beast from Beauty and the Beast is here to help out.

Gareth Evans has teamed up with Netflix to make the period-cult-horror film to end all period-horror-cult films, with Apostle.

The plot for the Netflix Original film is as follows:

The year is 1905. Thomas Richardson travels to a remote island to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult demanding a ransom for her safe return. It soon becomes clear that the cult will rue the day it baited this man, as he digs deeper and deeper into the secrets and lies upon which the commune is built.

Reading the description, I had in my head that this would be a tropical island, à la Danny Boyle’s The Island, but it looks like it’s somewhere near Wales, which adds a completely different element to it.

Thomas Richardson is played by Legion‘s Dan Stevens and the religious cult is lead by none other than everyone’s favourite Welshman, Michael Sheen.

Have a look at the trailer.

Oh that looks very intense. Almost too intense.

I was biting my nails the whole way through that trailer, a luxury Dan Stevens may not be able to afford himself, by the looks of things.

I’m not the first person to say this and I’m sure I won’t be the last, but this film has a huge The Wicker Man vibe around it, and could be the remake we deserve, rather than the one we got with Nick Cage and THE BEES!

You’ll be able to watch Apostle come the 12th of October. Who says you need sleep anyway?

Images via Netflix, British Lion Films