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What to Watch This Month: The Best SFF Movies & TV in April

What to Watch This Month: The Best SFF Movies & TV in April

Obviously, this is a big month for Marvel fanboys and fangirls everywhere, with Avengers: Infinity War coming to theaters earlier than expected — the culmination of ten years and 18 movies  featuring I don't know how many superheroes! (Yes, 18 movies! Don't forget about 2008's kinda forgettable The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton like I did...)

But this month has other gems for the fan of spec fic on screen as well, from John Krasinski's horror directing debut and a super creepy-looking sci-fi thriller about UFO death cults this weekend, to an interesting take on the werewolf mythos with a dark fairy tale vibe and The Rock being, well, The Rock alongside Jeffrey Dean Morgan and genetically engineered monsters next weekend.

And that's just what's coming to theaters — there's also lots of new SFF to binge watch or stream or just plain watch on regular old TV this month as well, including a Netflix reboot of a beloved sci-fi classic, and the return of Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and HBO's Westworld. 

Here are my top spec flix to check out this month on screens big and small...
 

Watch on the big screen:

A Quiet Place (April 6)

In the modern horror thriller A Quiet Place, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

Watch this if you... like horror thrillers and want to see one with a lot of really good reviews and buzz from its SXSW premiere; like Emily Blunt  or John Krasinski and want to see the real-life married couple act together in a film Krasinski also directed.


The Endless (April 6)

Following their Lovecraftian modern cult classic SPRING, acclaimed filmmakers Moorhead and Benson return with this mind-bending thriller that follows two brothers who receive a cryptic video message inspiring them to revisit the UFO death cult they escaped a decade earlier. Hoping to find the closure that they couldn't as young men, they're forced to reconsider the cult's beliefs when confronted with unexplainable phenomena surrounding the camp. As the members prepare for the coming of a mysterious event, the brothers race to unravel the seemingly impossible truth before their lives become permanently entangled with the cult.

Watch this if you... like mind-bending, thought-provoking sci-fi horror; liked The OAAnother Earth, or maybe even The Signal; are fascinated by doomsday cults; enjoy indie movies, especially ones with very positive reviews.


Rampage (April 13)

Primatologist Davis Okoye shares an unshakable bond with George, an extraordinarily intelligent, silverback gorilla that's been in his care since birth. When a rogue genetic experiment goes wrong, it causes George, a wolf and a reptile to grow to a monstrous size. As the mutated beasts embark on a path of destruction, Okoye teams up with a discredited genetic engineer and the military to secure an antidote and prevent a global catastrophe. Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Naomie Harris, and Joe Manganiello.

Watch this if you... like big popcorn flicks full of monsters, one-liners, and explosive action; find Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson endlessly likable and charismatic; want to see Negan Jeffrey Dean Morgan be charmingly smarmy in a suit; you love Naomie Harris and want to support her in everything she does (because surely I'm not the only one).


Blumhouse's Truth or Dare (April 13)

Lucy Hale (Pretty Little Liars) and Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf) lead the cast of Blumhouse's Truth or Dare, a supernatural thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Happy Death Day, Get Out, Split). A harmless game of “Truth or Dare” among friends turns deadly when someone-or something-begins to punish those who tell a lie-or refuse the dare.

Watch this if you... love supernatural horror or thrillers, particularly those full of attractive college-aged kids like Urban Legend or Valentine; have been pleasantly surprised by Blumhouse Productions' horror movies thus far, which include Get Out, Split, Insidious, The Purge, Paranormal Activity, and even Happy Death Day.


Wildling (April 13)

Wildling is a dark fantasy tale centered on young Anna (Bel Powley) who spends her entire childhood in a single room under the care of a mysterious man she only knows as "Daddy" (Brad Dourif). He makes her fear the "Outside" by telling her of the "Wildling". At age 16, Anna is freed by small-town sheriff Ellen Cooper (Liv Tyler) with whom she finds a temporary home. For the first time in her life, Anna experiences the Outside, soon learning there's no such thing as the Wildling. But as she begins to flourish as a young woman, a series of unsettling events unfolds...

Watch this if you... like interesting horror films with a dark fairy tale vibe along the lines of The Babadook or The Witch; like werewolf "creature features"; want to see what Liv Tyler's been up to lately.


Avengers: Infinity War (April 27)

Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet -- the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.

Watch this if you... have enjoyed Marvel's cinematic universe over the last decade and can't wait to see how it all comes together in one ginormous film; really, really want to see a bearded Captain America; are a human on planet earth and go to the movies ever, because let's be real: everybody and their mom is probably going to see this!


Watch on TV, computer, or phone-sized screens:

The Crossing (April 2 on ABC)

When refugees from a war-torn country start seeking asylum in a small American fishing town, it becomes clear that something strange is going on. The residents soon learn that the country they are fleeing from is America, and the war they are escaping hasn't happened yet. While the government sets to work trying to untangle the truth behind the ominous migration, the fact that the lives of those involved will never again be the same seems to be the only thing that no one can deny.

Watch this if you... like thought-provoking sci-fi that plays around with time travel; really, really miss Lost or enjoyed shows like The 4400.


The City and The City (April 6 on BBC Two)

The body of a foreign student is discovered in the streets of the down at heel city of Besźel. Cases like this are run of the mill for Inspector Tyador Borlú of the Extreme Crime Squad - until his investigations uncover evidence that the dead girl had come from another city called Ul Qoma. But the relationship between the two cities defies comprehension and will challenge everything Borlú holds dear.

Watch this if you... are in the United Kingdom, because it's only available there so far it seems (deep sob); loved the book by China Miéville on which this show is based; want to see what actor David Morrissey (The Governor on The Walking Dead) is up to these days.


Lost in Space (April 13 on Netflix)

In this Netflix reboot of the 60's sci-fi classic, the Robinson family -- part of a highly trained mission to establish a new colony in space -- is unexpectedly pulled off course forcing them to crash land on a lost planet. Danger will find them.

Watch this if you... love science fiction in general; loved the 60's original; want to see a modern update of the classic TV show; want to see Parker Posey on screen again!


Binge watch season 1 of these returning shows in time for season 2:

Legion (Season 2 begins April 3 on FX)

David (Dan Stevens) battles mental illness and wonders if the visions he experiences are real following a strange encounter with a fellow patient. After being rescued by a group of mutants, David journeys into his own mind piecing together the fragments of his memory to unearth a dangerous foe and unlock his true power.

Watch this if you... love trippy, visually stunning sci-fi and a different take on the comic book genre.


Westworld (Season 2 begins April 22 on HBO)

Westworld isn't your typical amusement park. Intended for rich vacationers, the futuristic park -- which is looked after by robotic "hosts" -- allows its visitors to live out their fantasies through artificial consciousness. No matter how illicit the fantasy may be, there are no consequences for the park's guests, allowing for any wish to be indulged. "Westworld" -- which is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton movie of the same name -- features an all-star cast that includes Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins and Golden Globe winner Ed Harris.

Watch this if you... love smart, Western-tinged sci-fi that explores what it means to be human in a world where androids and such are virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.


The Handmaid's Tale (Season 2 begins April 25 on Hulu)

Based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood, this series is set in Gilead, a totalitarian society in what used to be part of the United States. Gilead is ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state, and is faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate. In a desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world, the few remaining fertile women are forced into sexual servitude. One of these women, Offred, is determined to survive the terrifying world she lives in, and find the daughter that was taken from her.

Watch this if you... loved the classic novel by Margaret Atwood or love dystopian, socially conscious sci-fi in general.