In the near future, 30 young men and women are sent into space to populate a recently discovered planet. Onboard their spacecraft, they're dosed with drugs to keep their emotions in check, but, of course, something goes wrong. According to Variety, the "crew descends into chaos, reverting to a primitive, tribal state, giving in to their most feral and animal desires". This sci-fi version of Lord of the Flies stars Lily-Rose Depp and Tye Sheridan as two of the colonists, alongside Colin Farrell as the vessel's unfortunate captain.
Released on 8 April in Australia and Singapore, and 9 April in the US and Canada
If Zack Snyder's Justice League was too gloomy for you, try Thunder Force, a superhero film that is a bit lighter and a lot shorter. Melissa McCarthy stars as Lydia, a slacker whose best friend from school, Emily (Octavia Spencer), is now a top scientist. Emily concocts a secret formula that accidentally gives her the power of invisibility, and gives Lydia phenomenal strength, so the two inexperienced middle-aged women put on rubber suits and become the world's first superhero team. The supervillains are played by Jason Bateman and Bobby Cannavale, and the writer-director is McCarthy's husband, Ben Falcone.
Released on Netflix from 9 April
Things Heard and Seen
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini have been married for 25 years, but the latest film from the writer-directors of American Splendor and The Nanny Diaries is all about the terrors of marriage. Adapted from a gothic novel by Elizabeth Brundage, Things Heard and Seen stars Amanda Seyfried as an artist who moves from Manhattan to rural Hudson Valley with her husband, James Norton, but soon fears that her new house is cursed. It's a film that examines what it means to be bound to another person. "I think one of the most frightening things in the world is a marriage," Berman told EW. "It can be incredibly wonderful, and it can be incredibly scary, both at the same time. "
Released on Netflix from 30 April
In the Earth
Written and shot during last year's lockdowns, In the Earth is set in a Britain which has been devastated by a Covid-like virus. A scientist (Joel Fry) and a park scout (Ellora Torchia) trek into a forest to rendezvous with another scientist (Hayley Squires) who is experimenting with genetically modified crops. Along the way they encounter a mad hermit played by Reece Shearsmith (Inside No. 9), and things get weirder from there.
Released on 30 April in the US and Canada, 18 June in the UK and Ireland