Movie Review: Overlord

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Movie Review by Siobahn Harris

The second I heard about the movie Overlord on Twitter, I knew it was one that I had to see. It took me a while, but I finally got the chance to see it. I was so excited, but then I watched it… huh?

Here’s the trailer for Overlord:

So, just going based on the trailer one would assume that Overlord is a zombie movie takes over a war movie. That’s what I was expecting, and I felt that we are all lead to believe that. Unfortunately, that’s not what it is. Truth be told this is a war movie, period. One that I’m hesitant to call a horror movie. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good war movie, but I didn’t watch it for the war aspect, I watched it for the zombies.


Honestly, I’m going to fly through this part because this movie was an hour and fifty minutes and only 30 minutes of it contained any zombies.

It’s June 6th 1944 and we follow a group of men who are in the war. They parachute in past bombs and gun fire, and those that survived the fall gathered together to complete their mission. Their one goal was to destroy a tower so that their men could move in. During their mission, they come across a mysterious science lab that contains some kind of a drug. The Nazis are injecting the drug into dead bodies and bringing them back to life. They steal a needle filled with the mystery drug and head back to their safe house. When one of their own is attacked and dies, they take a chance and give him the drug. It works. Maybe a little too well. He quickly transforms into some kind of a monster and begins attacking them. Their only option is to put him down.

When discussing the mission again, they decide that it isn’t just the tower that needs to go, they need to destroy the lab too. So they set out to get inside the building, and set the explosives at the base of the tower. However, everything they need to fear hides inside that building. Getting in and out alive soon proves to be more difficult than they expected.

My thoughts:

Please don’t ask me that. Ugh. Honestly, I was bored! I’m so sad to say that but it’s true. I didn’t want to watch a long ass war movie. I was looking for zombies, fear, blood and guts, crazy shit, but no.. we just got a war movie.

There were parts of this movie that I loved. The visuals alone were absolutely stunning! I loved seeing the planes and the ships against the clouds and ocean because they were gorgeous.

Also, John Magaro made this movie for me. He fit right into the time period. I loved everything about him, his lines, his mannerisms, his asshole attitude, he was perfect! I was always happy when he popped into a scene.

And can we just take a moment to appreciate how gorgeous Wyatt Russell is? Honestly, I didn’t like him in this movie because he felt out of place to me. It actually took me out of the feel. I’m not sure why because his acting was fine and he didn’t have an issue delivering his lines, but there was something about his voice that felt more modern to me. Outside of that he was definitely the eye candy of this movie!

The makeup was well done throughout the movie. It was pretty cool to see, but I did get a little annoyed about a bloody reveal because I could look at it and say, okay, that’s CGI. Look, I know that movies use CGI, and it’s necessary for certain scenes, but I don’t want to watch something and be able to point out the CGI. I like to stare at the screen for a while thinking, how in the hell did they do that? While it is a cool shot, the weird off black color inside the hole gave it away as CGI, at least for me it did.

True Fear?

Unfortunately, no. If I sat down to watch this movie and I had no idea what it was about, I would never have guessed it was a horror movie. Like I said, it took WAY too long for any sort of zombie to show up. It is a good movie, but if you are looking for True Fear and a true zombie scarefest, don’t bother watching Overlord.

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Siobahn Harris graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with honors, earning her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and English with a concentration on fiction writing. She worked for three months editing non-fiction books for Motivational Press and now runs a blog page sharing horror themed short stories and movie reviews. While she enjoys editing, her true passion is using her creativity to create new and unique stories that can truly scare her audience. Her dream is to one day put her writing skills to the test and work with a team to develop a horror themed video game or movie. She plans to continue learning as much as she can about the writing industry to perfect her skills and someday rule the world.

3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Overlord

  1. I know how you feel…I hate going into a movie expecting one thing and getting something totally different. It sounds like this was a fantastic war movie, with great locations, cinematography, and costumes but the actual horror and zombies were almost an afterthought. That isn’t what it was advertised as, or what you thought you were going to watch….shame on you movie people for pulling the cinematic bait and switch. Zombies and Nazis wasn’t that a video game y’all played? Was this movie supposed to be a play on that? Thank you for a great review!

    1. That’s exactly right. Now, you might be thinking of Black Ops zombie mode, where there were zombie Nazis. But I think you might be thinking of the movie Dead Snow, which was about zombie Nazis, they did it right!

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