Overlord Exclusive: How The Past Became Present | SYFY WIRE

Exclusive clip: How the outrageous Overlord opening was created

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Feb 5, 2019

Overlord, a horror title highlight from last year that rightly earned a lot of critical raves, lands on digital Feb. 5 and Blu-ray Feb. 15.

Executive produced by J.J. Abrams and directed by Julius Avery, Overlord initially got a lot of attention for coming across like a live-action Castle Wolfenstein adaptation, but audiences quickly realized the movie was a whole lot more. Yes, it takes liberties with the specifics of secret Nazis experimentation, but Avery takes a lot of time recreating the actual horrors surrounding the WWII D-Day invasion on June 5, 1944. 

In particular, the film concerns itself with a small paratrooper squad that goes in on the eve of the invasion with a mission to take down a German radio tower, which will give a major advantage to the allied troops. But just getting to that locale is portrayed as a nightmare in itself, as Avery opens the film with a harrowing taste of what the soldiers experienced in the air as they got hammered mercilessly by German planes. 

It's a visual and aural bombardment of the senses that Avery uses to set up the stakes of war for the soldiers, and the audience, and give us a taste of what's to come.

In this exclusive making of sequence clip from Overlord, Avery and his actors talk about bringing the sequence to life as practically as possible so the experience is a visceral tour de force.

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