But while Evans is best-known for directing action, and the awesome 2015 film The Guest has proven that Stevens can definitely pull off a dude on a mission to break as many limbs as possible, Apostle is a slow-paced period piece. Stevens plays a drug addict who's been sent to an island to rescue his sister from a cult. And while it definitely has its gory parts (you'll never look at a drill bit the same way), mostly it's just an unsettling visit to a community that's caught under charismatic (and supernatural) powers.
It just goes to show that if a dude can direct a near-flawless action sequence, he probably has the chops to tackle the timing and visceral nature required for horror too. Also, at one point Dan Stevens loses some fingers in a meat grinder and I yelled "NO, FUCK YOU, MOVIE" at the screen.
Murder Party And Hold The Dark Are The First And Most Recent Films Of A Modern Horror Master (Netflix)
Watching more and more of my friends jump aboard the Jeremy Saulnier train over the last decade has been a treat. The first film I saw of his was Blue Ruin, a thriller about a man who gets revenge on the asshole who killed his parents and finds himself embroiled in a mad dash for survival, and I was delighted when people discovered Green Room, his ode to punk music, box cutters, and hating Nazis. So if you're like me and are an evangelistic fan of those films, get pumped, because his debut feature Murder Party and his latest film Hold The Dark are both available on the 'flix, as the teens these days call it.