New Indie Movies: 'In the Earth' and Other Gems

This week's new indies test love with elements of horror and humor. Here are the best new indie movies now available to watch in theaters or on-demand.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

New Indie Movies - Ellora Torchia in "In the Earth."

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Love, horror, and humor converge in this week's new indie movies. You'll either run for cover or head under the covers with our picks of the best new indies that you can watch right now.

  • Noovie's Indie Movie Pick: In the Earth
    Ellora Torchia and Joel Fry in "In the Earth."

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    Director Ben Wheatly taps into COVID anxieties and fears with his new thriller "In the Earth." A scientist and a park scout venture deep into the woods during a deadly pandemic to get supplies. What they're not prepared for are all the creepy things along their path. "In the Earth" wowed critics earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

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In the Earth

Horror / 2021 / R

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  • Monday
    Denise Gough and Sebastian Stan in "Monday."

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    This weekend's indie movies will give you a double fix of Sebastian Stan. While he battles forces of evil with Anthony Mackie in Marvel's "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier," Stan slows things down with this steamy summer romance. During one weekend in the heat of summer in Greece, two Americans connect. Mickey (Stan) and Chloe's (Denise Gough) love is raw and real, but can it stand the test of time? Or at least past the inevitable Monday? Director Argyris Papadimitropoulos's drama is reminiscent of the films in Richard Linklater's "Before" trilogy and premiered last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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    Drama / 2020 / R

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  • Jakob's Wife
    Barbara Crampton in "Jakob's Wife."

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    Famed horror actress Barbara Crampton gets a taste of something new in this sophomore outing from director Travis Stevens ("Girl on the Third Floor"). Crampton is Anne, a preacher's wife itching for something to reinvigorate her stale life and marriage. A mysterious encounter might be what she needs to find some new and bloody thrills.

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    Jakob's Wife

    Horror / 2021

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  • Gunda
    New Indie Movies - A mother pig and her piglets in "Gunda."

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    Russian director Viktor Kossakovsky boils filmmaking down to its core with this raw nature documentary that upends the entire genre. "Gunda" follows the titular mother pig and her piglets as they live out their day on a farm with a flock of chickens and a herd of cows. This isn't Disney and this is not "The Secret Life of Pets." There are no humans, no celebrity voices, and no narrators. Just the animals going about their day set against a soundtrack from the farm's birds and bees.

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    Documentary / 2020

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  • Beast Beast
    Shirley Chen in "Beast Beast."

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    Danny Madden's coming-of-age indie movie starts off as an ordinary story of three kids navigating teen life in their quiet Southwestern town. But as their lives collide, the film turns into a cautionary tale about guns and violence. Opening on the heels of a spate of deadly shootings that have dominated headlines, "Beast Beast" seems all the more relevant now than when it premiered in January at Sundance.

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    Beast Beast

    Drama / 2020

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Hot Indie Movie Trailer: The Water Man

Actor David Oyelowo taps into his inner-Spielberg with his directorial debut in "The Water Man." In a quest to save his ailing mother, a boy seeks out the mythical Water Man who holds the secret to immortality. Only one girl knows his whereabouts, and the journey will not be easy. Oyelowo's filmmaking debut was one of the top indie movies to premiere last year at the Toronto International Film Festival.

  • In theaters May 7th
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The Water Man

Drama / 2020 / PG

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Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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