We’ve been hearing for ages about Overlord, Bad Robot’s latest J.J. Abrams-connected movie about zombie-like creatures at the height of World War II, but now we finally have a look at its scare-filled take on what is already one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.
Directed by Julius Avery, Overlord follows a group of US paratroopers on the eve of the D-Day landings, as they find themselves behind occupied enemy lines attempting to liberate a small French village. However, the squad quickly finds out that the Nazi forces stationed there have been experimenting on horrific projects to make a new breed of immortal soldiers in service of the Reich:
For a movie that was once feverishly linked to the sprawling mess of weirdness that is the Cloverfield franchise—Abrams recorded a message for press at CinemaCon this year vehemently denying any links between Overlord and Cloverfield, but hey, J.J. Abrams would do that, wouldn’t he?—at first glance Overlord doesn’t seem that weird. Well, about as not-weird as a movie about Nazi quasi-zombies could be, that is. In fact, it does kind of just look like a live-action take on that hugely popular Call of Duty mode—tonnes of action, gory enemies, and lots of creep factor. At any rate, count us in!
Overlord is set to hit cinemas on 25 October.