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J.J. Abrams' WWII horror-thriller Overlord to premiere at Fantastic Fest

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Jul 31, 2018

Nazi-engineered zombies are coming to Fantastic Fest 2018 in a big way. According to a release outlining the genre film festival's first wave of programming, the J.J. Abrams-produced film Overlord is set to enjoy its world premiere in Austin, ahead of its Nov. 9 theatrical release.

Written by and directed by Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) and Mark L. Smith (The Revenant), directed by Julius Avery (Son of a Gun), and starring Wyatt Russell (Black Mirror "Playtest"), Bokeem Woodbine (Spider-Man: Homecoming), and Pilou Asbæk (Ghost in the Shell) -- the horror/thriller is set against the Allied invasion on D-Day in June of 1944.

Three American paratroopers find themselves way behind enemy lines in France when they stumble upon a supernatural Nazi experiment and must fight for their lives. If Indiana Jones, Wolfenstein, and Hellboy taught us anything, however, meddling with powers not of this earth never works out so well for the Third Reich.

Since Fantastic Fest is dedicated to the art of genre filmmaking, goose-stepping ghouls aren't the only ones hitting the silver screen during the week-long event. 

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Credit: Fantastic Fest/Chris Bilheimer

Gareth Evans's Apostle (arriving on Netflix Oct. 12), for instance, follows a man who confronts a dangerous cult that has kidnapped his sister; but all is not as it seems in this thriller starring Dan Stevens (Beauty and the Beast) and Michael Sheen (Good Omens). For those looking for lighter fare, there's Laika, a stop-motion feature inspired by the story of Laïka, the Sputnik 2 dog sent by the Soviet Union into space in 1957. In the reality of her own movie, she does not perish, but "crashes on a peculiar planet where she meets new friends."

The 14th Annual Fantastic Fest (the biggest genre film festival in America) runs between Sep. 20 and Sep. 27 in Austin, Texas. 

For the full list of zombies, demons, psychos, and serial killers, check out the first wave schedule here.