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A brilliant, wacky, action-packed horror continues to rally the troops


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As far as genre mashups go, they don’t get any crazier and more brilliantly wacky than the insanely insane cult favorite of 2018 overlordwho decided to throw sci-fi, action, creature features and war epics into the mix to create a delicious stew of madness.

Director Julius Avery balances the tone perfectly, which isn’t an easy task when one element of the WWII thriller could easily have overwhelmed the other in the wrong hands. The plot is remarkably simple: a group of American soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines just before D-Day before they uncover a secret research facility that holds dark, dangerous and grotesque secrets – but the beauty is in the insane execution.


Despite strong reviews from critics and positive cues from audiences overlord was a huge box office bomb after making less than $42 million on a budget of $38 million. It’s been a strong on-demand performer ever since, to be fair, with the Appreciation Society back in force on Reddit to celebrate the unhinged delights of the unbridled imagination.

Even the opening track, which has absolutely nothing to do with gore, guts and gore as the leads take to the skies en route to their intended destination, is a phenomenal example of plunging viewers right into the maelstrom of noise. Pyrotechnics and bullet-riddled shenanigans are yet to come.

It’s a real shame overlord ended up in the red, but a long-lasting second life is a more than appropriate compromise in the long run. A brilliant, wacky, action-packed horror continues to rally the troops

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