Indie Fresh List

The Indie Fresh List: Satanic Metal, Horror at Sea, and Riots in Paris

Check out the latest Fresh indie releases now streaming on VOD and what's coming soon.

by | April 7, 2020 | Comments

Join us weekly as Rotten Tomatoes reports on what’s indie features are streaming. From promising releases by new voices to experimental efforts from storied filmmakers – or perhaps the next indie darling to go the distance for end-of-year accolades – we will break it all down for you here each week.

For the foreseeable future, the specialty box office and all theatrical releases will be on hold as we all make efforts to socially distance ourselves and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. With that in mind, we have reshaped our Indie Fresh List to reflect the specialty box office releases that are newly available on streaming services and VOD. This week we have a horror-comedy about the devil and heavy metal, a horror film set at sea where an unseen force infects the crew, and an Oscar-nominated tale inspired by the Paris riots of 2005. In our Spotlight section, Best Picture winner Parasite is now available to stream on Hulu — just in case you somehow haven’t seen it yet.

Streaming This Weekend

We Summon the Darkness (2019) 69%

Despite a recent string of serial murders tied to satanism, a trio of ladies head to a metal show and hit it off with a group of guys. Afterward, one of the girls invites them all back to her family’s country home for a party, where we eventually discover her father is a fire-and-brimstone preacher who has been famously protesting against all metal music. When the girl’s would-be party turns sinister, the palatial estate morphs into a claustrophobic house of horrors. Joe Lipsett of The Spool wrote “We Summon The Darkness is delightfully madcap, zany and enjoyable, with exceptionally memorable and entertaining characters… This satanic, heavy metal horror-comedy is everything… audiences never knew they wanted.”

Available April 10 to rent or buy at FandangoNow, Google Play, & iTunes.

Sea Fever (2019) 87%

On assignment, an introverted scientist reluctantly boards a ragged fishing boat and is quickly put off by the close-knit crew. While he’s aboard the ship, a strange life force infects the crew and they all begin to slowly succumb to the disease. The scientist must somehow gain the crew’s trust, find out what is killing them, and discover a way to fight back. Borrowing heavily on early “monster in the mist” films like Alien and The ThingSea Fever is a tension-filled tale that writer-director Neasa Hardiman still makes her own. “[Sea Fever] pays homage to some of the great sci-fi horrors, [but] demonstrates enough independence for [it] to stand on its own merits.” writes Kat Hughes of The Hollywood News. 

Premieres via live stream on April 9 followed by a filmmaker Q&A; available April 10 to rent or buy on  FandangoNow, Google PlayiTunes, and Vudu.

Les misérables (2019) 88%

Paris takes center stage in this Oscar-nominated 2019 drama from Ladj Ly. In Montfermeil, where Victor Hugo famously set sections of his novel, Les Misérables follows the events after a community police squad is embroiled in a controversy that has the potential to spur an uprising. As an aerial drone broadcasts all the happenings, various groups within the Parisian suburb join in the fray, and the already volatile situation escalates quickly. “An intense ride and gripping police procedural. Ly takes us to the brink of this reality-based world, where past and present are about to meet the future. And he leaves us there to contemplate,” writes Karen Gordon of Orginal Cin.

Available April 10 to rent or buy at AmazonGoogle Play, and iTunes.

Fresh & Available Now on VOD – Spotlight Pick

Parasite (2019) 99%

Best Picture winner Parasite will finally be available to stream this weekend. The Palme d’Or winner has been available to rent or buy for months but we bet you’re quarantined with someone who hasn’t seen it. An interesting film to watch given the current situation… but avoid spoilers and watch the movie, and then you’ll understand. The story follows a low-income family as they try to hustle their way to a better life through their association with an affluent family, and it takes several hilarious twists and turns en route to its dramatic conclusion. “A condemnation of choosing to ignore the inconvenient suffering of your fellow human beings, presented in a series of accomplished visual metaphors that’ll make you rethink all sorts of ordinary household objects,” writes Katie Rife of the AV Club.

Streaming April 8 on Hulu; available to rent or buy at FandangoNOW, Amazon, Google PlayiTunes, and Vudu.

Along with…

  • Swallow (2019) , about an affluent housewife who develops a deadly case of pica — the urge to swallow inanimate objects.
  • The Wild Goose Lake (2019) , about a Chinese gangster who meets a woman with a deadly secret.
  • The Dog Doc (2019) , a documentary about a compassionate vet who tries to save vulnerable animals.
  • Stray (2018) , about two damaged strangers who meet and fall into a tumultuous relationship.
  • EMMA. (2020) , a new adaptation of the Jane Austen novel about a naive, privileged heiress who plays matchmaker to the detriment of her own romantic prospects.
  • VHYes (2019) , a 1980s throwback anthology of comedic sketches shot entirely on VHS.
  • The Lighthouse (2019) , a surreal psychological drama about two men who are tortured by the elements and by each other while isolated at a remote lighthouse.
  • Jojo Rabbit (2019) , a satire about a naive Hitler youth who discovers his mother is hiding a Jewish girl during World War II.
  • Color Out of Space (2019) , a psychedelic horror film about an eerie meteorite that falls in a family’s back yard and wreaks havoc.
  • Come as You Are (2019) , a road trip sex comedy about a group of disabled men who travel to a brothel in Canada that caters to disabled people.
  • Pain and Glory (2019) , a drama about an aging director who reflects on his films, collaborators, and legacy after he’s sidelined by severe back pain.

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