110 mins) Horror/Thriller/Action/Romance
DIRECTOR Julius Avery gleefully rewrites history the excessively gory horror thriller Overlord, which unfolds on the eve of the Normandy landings.
A bloodthirsty script penned by Billy Ray and Mark L Smith adopts a black and white approach t characterisation — Germans bad, everyone else go — to justify a barrage of brutality towards pantom villains in Nazi uniforms.
The violence is relentless, drawing inspiration from the Outpost and Dead Snow horror franchises and the first-person Wolfenstein videogames to imagine a battle royale between plucky US paratroopers and sadistic Germans, who are conducting diabolical experiments in the catacomb a church.
There are flickers of touching human drama beneath the glistening entrails but Avery’s primar concern is delivering a visual sucker punch.
He achieves a knockout blow with a tour de for