[Note: With the film now out on DVD, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD, here's a reposting of our review of Overloard from its theatrical release]
Directed by Julius Avery, WWII action-horror Overlord is produced by J.J. Abrams, which explains why it has suspiciously high production values for what is essentially a rollicking slice of schlock cinema. Mixing impressive gore effects with a pleasingly high splatter factor, it’s something of a treat for genre fans.
Jovan Adepo (The Leftovers) plays Private Boyce, a recently drafted WWII soldier who’s parachuted behind enemy lines and tasked with destroying a communications tower, alongside explosives expert Ford (Wyatt “Son of Kurt” Russell), wise-cracking private Tibbet (John Magaro) and naïve war photographer Chase (Iain de Caestecker). Their mission soon takes an altogether darker turn when Boyce discovers a secret underground lab where a Nazi scientist (Erich Redman) is conducting experiments on local villagers and creating monsters with a super-serum.