With October here, it seems only fitting I take a look at a horror film. However, for the sake of everyone’s comfort, I made sure to pick one that… wouldn’t hit so close to home, so to speak. So, we’re going to be looking at a fictitious horror film centered in WWII: “Overlord.”
On the eve of the D-Day invasion, a small squad of American soldiers find themselves behind enemy lines after their plane crashes. In order to aid the coming invasion of Normandy, the squad is tasked with taking out a radio tower located near a French village under German occupation. However, it seems the Germans have more nefarious plans for the village, as the squad soon makes a dark and terrifying discovery. Deep in a bunker, located under the very radio tower they seek to destroy, the Germans are conducting terrible experiments on the dead, and turning them into nightmarish creatures in the hopes of breeding an unstoppable army for Hitler’s Thousand Year Reich. The film stars Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Pilou Asbæk, John Magaro and Iain De Caestecker.
“Overlord” is a prime example of a B-Movie. When you break it down, a B-Movie is like a bag of potato chips. It’s not good for you, it’s a quick snack, but you’ll enjoy it for a while—which pretty much sums up my thoughts of “Overlord.” It feels like a movie you’d see back in the 80s—think “Dawn of the Dead” meets “Inglorious Basterds.” It has a squad of wisecracking soldiers from various parts of the States, irredeemable Nazis, odd monsters, and plenty of violence.
The overall quality of the film feels like they got their money’s worth on the production, because nothing looks cheap. The sets, costumes and effects are all well put together—especially the gore in the movie. Even the action scenes are all well-handled like something you’d seen in a normal Hollywood War Film. However, where the movie falls flat is in the story.
It’s not terrible, the ideas in the film are an interesting spin on a traditional WWII Film. The overall script, however, felt weak and uninspired, to the point where I was guessing what was going to happen next; and spoiler alert, it did. Plus, for a ‘Horror Movie,’ I never felt terrified or disturbed throughout. Most of the ‘scares’ rely on cheap and obvious jump scares. Sure, I found the design of the creatures creepy, but the movie needed more time dedicated to them.
“Overlord” is rated R for strong bloody violence, disturbing images, language and brief sexual content. All in all, this is still an interesting B-Movie, but not something I’ll be remembering a month from now. If you want a cheap horror film centered in WWII, and to see Nazis getting a good kick in the teeth, you might get some enjoyment from this film if you watch it with a friend or someone close. Which is why the final score for “Overlord” is a 7.5 out of 10.
On a final note, remember to set the date, because two weeks from now I’ll be releasing the 100th Review!
Matthew Mendisana is a Lynn University alumnus. While he possesses a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, it’s the arts that attracted his attention. He currently serves as a Journalist and Copy Editor to the Coastal Breeze News and is working on becoming a Published Author.