REVIEW: Overlord delivers on gory, genre-hybrid goals

With a name like producer J.J. Abrams on-board, you knew this one was going to be a barn-burner.

What I never would have expected, though, was this this World War II-set horror film is an absolutely scorching, terrifying piece of art.

It’s a break-neck paced, terrifying movie that you won’t be able to forget. It will stay with you every time you close your eyes for weeks.

Centred on American soldiers who find horrifying secrets behind enemy lines just before D-Day, it’s two films in one, in the best kind of way.

Much in the vein of classic From Dusk ‘Till Dawn, Overlord begins at an accelerated, frenetic speed with a plane crash that lands the men far off from their jump point.

The film slows and allows us to connect with soldiers Boyce, Ford, Tibbet and Chase, as they explore the area and find refuge in the home of Chloe, a town local.

Standouts here are Wyatt Russell as the bad-tempered ford, Jovan Adepo as Boyce, and the villainous German lieutenant Wafner, played with a sadistic, gleeful delight by Pilou Asbaek.

When the horrors are revealed, the film jumps from a meditation on war and how prisoners of war are treated into a run-for-your-life horror extravaganza.

With a moral core, a strong script and some unforgettably terrifying sequences, Overlord may just be one of the coolest, most unbelievable films I saw on screen this year.

4/5 Stars

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