J.J. Abrams heads to WWII in first trailer for supernatural horror flick Overlord

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Nov 20, 2019, 6:51 PM EST (Updated)

Hell's bells. You know you're having a bad, bad day when Nazis wind up being the least of your problems after dropping in behind enemy lines during World War II.

In what appears to be a World War II drama that quickly turns into a Resident Evil-type horror film, the first trailer for J.J. Abrams' Overlord shows U.S. paratroopers dropping behind enemy lines on the eve of D-day to infiltrate a small village. Unfortunately, they soon realize that they're not in a war film so much as they are in a horror film produced by Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot (Abrams is producing), where they realize Nazis have been experimenting on people to create superhuman killing machines.

It all looks pretty intense. Check out the trailer below. And watch out for the guy missing half his face.

Yikes. So, it's clearly not a Cloverfield sequel, as was initially rumored but since rebuffed. Which makes sense — this looks like a freaky, period-set romp all its own. No need to try and weigh it down with a mythology that might not fit (looking at you, Cloverfield Paradox).

Overlord is directed by Julius Avery and written by Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith. The film stars Jovan Adepo, Jacob Anderson, Pilou Asbæk, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Iain De Caestecker, John Magaro, Wyatt Russell, and Bokeem Woodbine.

Overlord hits theaters on November 9.