Task & Purpose illustration by Aaron Provost/Overlord
World War II is returning to the big screen; let’s be honest though, it never left. This time though, it’s different. Kinda.
In a new trailer for Overlord, an upcoming World War II horror film, but with a rock’n’roll vibe, thanks to AC/DC’s Hells Bells, a group of U.S. Army paratroopers are shot down over Europe. Lost behind enemy lines, outnumbered and outgunned, the only way it could get any worse would be if those occult fanatics of the Third Reich found some way to cheat death and live forever.
Surprise, fuckers: Nazi Zombies!
Produced by J.J. Abrams, the guy who brought Star Wars and Star Trek back, but with lens flare and mind-blowing action sequences, Overlord is World War II the way you’ve never seen it before, with zombies — unless you’ve watched any of these movies.
Here’s how I imagine the pitch for Overlord went down:
Executive 1: Let's make an action movie.
Executive 2: Sure, why not, everyone loves a good battle. Which war?
Executive 1: World War II, obviously. Everyone hates Nazis.
Executive 2: Yeah, but that's been done. What's our take? How can we spin it?
Executive 1: Nazi... Nazi zombies?
Executive 2: But that's been done, too.
Executive 1: Fuck it, get J.J. Abrams in here. He knows reboots.
As much as I want to talk shit about Overlord, the truth is, they’ve got me dead to rights. I’m a sucker for a blockbuster approach to a B-movie premise. Also, I’m pretty sure director Julius Avery and screenwriters Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith rewatched the clockwork zombie scene from Sucker Punch a dozen times for inspiration, then tossed on a glossy coat of 1940s paint, ditched the skimpy outfits, and added some Cloverfield-esquejumps.
And voilà, we’ve got a World War II zombie flick steamrolling into theaters Nov. 9 — just in time for Veterans Day. Be sure to thank any veterans you know for their service, and for slaying evil armies of Nazi zombies.
Construction crews staged material needed for the Santa Teresa Border Wall Replacement project near the Santa Teresa Port of Entry. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol/Mani Albrecht)
With a legal fight challenge mounting from state governments over the Trump administration's use of a national emergency to construct at the U.S.-Mexico border, the president has kicked his push for the barrier into high gear.
On Wednesday, President Trump tweeted a time-lapse video of wall construction in New Mexico; the next day, he proclaimed that "THE WALL IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION RIGHT NOW"
But there's a big problem: The footage, which was filmed more than five months ago on Sep. 18, 2018, isn't really new wall construction at all, and certainly not part of the ongoing construction of "the wall" that Trump has been haggling with Congress over.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
A group comprised of former U.S. military veterans and security contractors who were detained in Haiti on weapons charges has been brought back to the United States and arrested upon landing, The Miami-Herald reported.
The men — five Americans, two Serbs, and one Haitian — were stopped at a Port-au-Prince police checkpoint on Sunday while riding in two vehicles without license plates, according to police. When questioned, the heavily-armed men allegedly told police they were on a "government mission" before being taken into custody.
Army Sgt. Jeremy Seals died on Oct. 31, 2018, following a protracted battle with stomach cancer. His widow, Cheryl Seals is mounting a lawsuit alleging that military care providers missed her husband's cancer. Task & Purpose photo illustration by Aaron Provost
The widow of a soldier whose stomach cancer was allegedly overlooked by Army doctors for four years is mounting a medical malpractice lawsuit against the military, but due to a decades-old legal rule known as the Feres Doctrine, her case will likely be dismissed before it ever goes to trial.
The first grenade core was accidentally discovered on Nov. 28, 2018, by Virginia Department of Historic Resources staff examining relics recovered from the Betsy, a British ship scuttled during the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The grenade's iron jacket had dissolved, but its core of black powder remained potent. Within a month or so, more than two dozen were found. (Virginia Department of Historic Resources via The Virginian-Pilot)
In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.
Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.
And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.