Overlord – Official Trailer

I’ve considered Adolph Hitler and the rise of Nazism fascinating for quite awhile now, though not for what I believe are typical reasons. What interests me is that there was literally no way Hitler could have done what he did without the defacto acquiescence of the German people (at least initially, before his mad enterprise built a momentum all it’s own).

After all, military force can only go so far when someone has to make government function so by default you’re dealing with lots of ordinary people, doing whatever it is that they do, perhaps only distantly realizing they’re–in ways both big and small– in league with a monster.

And that’s of course assuming they didn’t agree with his ‘final solution.’

Vincenzo Natali’s Cube is one of the better examples of a movie where people are placed in a situation where they–literally and figuratively–have to deal with a situation, a process doing whatever it is designed to do seemingly without oversight or accountability.

This brings me to J.J. Abrams’ Overlord which appears to fit firmly in the ‘Germans Are Bad Department,’ but appears to play with Heinrich Himmler‘s fascination with the occult.

And…it feels like something we’ve all seen before. In fact, what separates it from more other examples of Nazi-based horror is what looks like a relatively healthy special effects budget (in fact it virtually a gorier version of Guillermo del Toro’s Hellboy).

And I’d be the last person to criticize horror movies in general though I wish this one had aimed for something more than what appears to be fairly obvious.

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‘The Maze Runner’ Trailer

It seems that every studio is trying to produce the next “Hunger Games” or “Twilight,” no wonder considering that the two films so far released have earned close to a billion dollars while the five films that make up The Twilight Saga have earned significantly more.  The thing is, for every “Hunger Games” or “Twilight” there’re films like “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones” or “The Host,” that don’t manage to catch lightning in a bottle.

The latest entry is James Dashner‘s “The Maze Runner,” which has an intriguing premise.  It deals with a bunch of young people trapped in a mysterious maze, with no idea how they got there, what they’re supposed to do, and most importantly, who put them there.

If the trailer is at all accurate, it plays like Vincenzo Natali‘s “Cube” for the younger set.

There’s a bleakness to the proceedings that I find appealing, though I get the feeling that at the end of the film the mystery of the maze will be solved, and everyone will go on their merry way.

Damn.