10 Best Horror Movies Set In The Past

8. Overlord

The Witch Anya Taylor Joy
Paramount Pictures

World War II is a scary enough concept on its own without throwing creepy Nazi experiments into the mix.

Well, that's exactly what the movie Overlord did. Thanks, Overlord, what did we do to deserve this?

Private Edward Boyce (Jovan Adepo) stumbles across a secret Nazi plot in a small French village during the D-Day landings of 1944. After rescuing a local girl who is looking for her brother, Boyce discovers that the evil soldiers have been kidnapping villagers and mutating them with a special black tar serum.

Once perfected, the serum gives the user superhuman strength. Think of Captain America but with the nationalities and political ideologies completely reversed.

However, in its pre-distilled form, those injected with it become violent, zombie-like creatures. Nazi zombies you say? Nobody tell Activision!

Overlord is a really fun time that reframes the classic zombie gorefest as a war drama. It conforms to the genre perfectly, with enough blood and guts to put you off lunch for a week, and has a wickedly great performance from Pilou Asbæk as the Nazi captain.

Wow, between him and Euron Greyjoy, Asbæk sure is making a habit of playing awful people.

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