In the JJ Abrams-produced throwback thriller, the second world war is the setting for a gory creature feature, the latest in a long line of wartorn shockers The new thriller Overlord may be set during D-Day, but its roots go back to the 1950s and 60s. Director Julius Avery slips an aesthetic tipoff into the opening credits, styling the font to emulate the mid-century B-movies that filled out drive-in double features. In intention and execution, Overlord has more in common with retro throwbacks like Dead Snow or Iron Sky, paying homage to the mad fusion of history and conjecture that gave us They Saved Hitler’s Brain! decades earlier.
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