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 (2020) 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 (2020) 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 (Gisaengchung) (2019) 98%


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 (2020) , about an affluent housewife who develops a deadly case of pica — the urge to swallow inanimate objects.
  • The Wild Goose Lake (Nan fang che zhan de ju hui) (2020) , about a Chinese gangster who meets a woman with a deadly secret.
  • The Dog Doc (2020) , 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 (2020) , 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 (2020) , a psychedelic horror film about an eerie meteorite that falls in a family’s back yard and wreaks havoc.
  • Come As You Are (2020) , 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 (Dolor y gloria) (2019) , a drama about an aging director who reflects on his films, collaborators, and legacy after he’s sidelined by severe back pain.

Thumbnail images by Gunpowder & Sky, Amazon Studios, Saban Films

Tag Cloud

Nat Geo IFC Animation Year in Review telelvision BBC One FX on Hulu Apple sitcom Disney Plus cancelled Vudu free movies anime Tumblr Exclusive Video documentary WarnerMedia Trailer theme song Amazon Prime dogs Lifetime Discovery Channel die hard child's play Disney streaming service Tomatazos PBS renewed TV shows SXSW GIFs ViacomCBS crime kong Comedy Central spinoff cancelled TV series 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Crunchyroll OWN crossover legend The Academy Amazon Studios romance Marvel Television Pacific Islander Lucasfilm NYCC basketball Lifetime Christmas movies aliens See It Skip It japan asian-american ABC Signature video on demand Pixar Food Network Endgame golden globe awards kaiju Brie Larson television spain crime thriller Trophy Talk indie Syfy scary movies fast and furious Song of Ice and Fire Music Sony Pictures satire 72 Emmy Awards space Ghostbusters Apple TV+ latino olympics TV Disney Channel Dark Horse Comics CBS All Access Extras dragons Hulu Mindy Kaling directors Acorn TV Photos Kids & Family BBC cars Musical 2016 Chilling Adventures of Sabrina elevated horror Classic Film 90s Esquire politics Ellie Kemper Freeform Starz Amazon Prime Video canceled TV shows video Women's History Month Travel Channel reviews 2020 Rocky MTV The Walking Dead Superheroe Arrowverse BET Awards Video Games cartoon Television Critics Association doctor who target boxoffice BET Pop TV award winner PaleyFest SundanceTV toy story new york NBC Marvel Emmys dceu VH1 football Reality LGBT Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Certified Fresh MSNBC The Walt Disney Company Thanksgiving medical drama game show pirates of the caribbean GLAAD FOX best name the review National Geographic concert Adult Swim Family Binge Guide Podcast miniseries Country what to watch DC streaming service Emmy Nominations Rocketman universal monsters WGN Crackle YouTube Premium Legendary comiccon singing competition The CW breaking bad sequel emmy awards LGBTQ Epix nfl Pride Month DC Universe nbcuniversal spy thriller ghosts Anna Paquin Stephen King Quiz jurassic park TruTV Martial Arts Fantasy Comic-Con@Home 2021 President Universal Winter TV Sundance TV APB Turner rom-coms Turner Classic Movies binge sag awards serial killer Warner Bros. revenge prank Tokyo Olympics saw Nominations Fall TV TV Land all-time Polls and Games Amazon italian indiana jones series news science fiction police drama Sundance scene in color Walt Disney Pictures A24 screen actors guild Red Carpet jamie lee curtis new star wars movies children's TV RT21 History king kong Interview worst movies natural history Comedy Holiday zombies slashers Avengers versus First Reviews HBO Max Shudder TCA halloween ESPN Countdown christmas movies werewolf Superheroes godzilla Heroines franchise Spectrum Originals rotten hidden camera cooking BAFTA Film Shondaland documentaries docudrama 24 frames based on movie GoT USA Netflix black criterion critics cops 20th Century Fox TCA 2017 witnail composers hist Holidays Reality Competition anthology wonder woman 21st Century Fox Baby Yoda Britbox suspense Disney stand-up comedy Summer zero dark thirty Black History Month lord of the rings remakes 2018 parents TLC hollywood hispanic tv talk dramedy cancelled TV shows E! Creative Arts Emmys batman DGA transformers Wes Anderson political drama psycho screenings Tarantino blaxploitation Drama Star Trek DC Comics fresh movie Bravo women Paramount Plus Captain marvel halloween tv American Society of Cinematographers FXX docuseries films Super Bowl marvel cinematic universe 2019 classics Funimation strong female leads Paramount Network Marathons 45 SDCC Broadway Election TCA Awards stop motion Mary poppins Television Academy monster movies japanese VICE streaming movies Pirates live action Netflix Christmas movies joker Watching Series Writers Guild of America TCA Winter 2020 San Diego Comic-Con justice league trailers 1990s 99% sports Mystery Disney+ Disney Plus social media teaser spanish Nickelodeon Showtime unscripted The Witch archives Paramount Film Festival high school 71st Emmy Awards Premiere Dates 2021 cancelled television DirecTV PlayStation Mary Poppins Returns HBO Christmas Grammys game of thrones foreign green book OneApp 2015 CNN know your critic Rock Biopics Image Comics thriller 4/20 AMC spanish language comic books TBS casting E3 Pet Sematary ID Lionsgate Mary Tyler Moore ITV Mudbound rotten movies we love chucky finale Hear Us Out adaptation talk show war Sci-Fi Box Office Cosplay toronto Fox News TNT YouTube Red comedies nature Academy Awards king arthur true crime obituary romantic comedy Rom-Com heist movie Valentine's Day discovery Columbia Pictures adenture Peacock Spike ratings aapi ABC Family reboot travel Trivia mutant psychological thriller Elton John deadpool historical drama robots The Arrangement international vampires kids 2017 french spider-man Tubi dc Masterpiece Horror Comic Book cinemax USA Network Star Wars blockbusters TCM El Rey crime drama biography YouTube Logo Cartoon Network ABC book adaptation streaming Teen HBO Go razzies Comics on TV Black Mirror south america technology Schedule TV One Action Best and Worst mockumentary Winners BBC America festivals canceled dark sequels RT History TV renewals cats FX MCU TV movies Toys mission: impossible diversity Apple TV Plus richard e. Grant 93rd Oscars cults X-Men Sundance Now A&E zombie IFC Films rt archives Chernobyl superhero movies Awards a nightmare on elm street Western blockbuster Musicals Cannes Marvel Studios animated Infographic New York Comic Con The Purge disaster Alien YA independent adventure Hallmark Hallmark Christmas movies facebook First Look new zealand CBS comic VOD Sneak Peek Pop twilight Character Guide laika golden globes TIFF superman Fox Searchlight Spring TV 007 Ovation boxing stoner festival scorecard popular CW Seed CMT australia Opinion venice supernatural Awards Tour book NBA harry potter period drama quibi james bond Oscars Set visit Calendar worst comics