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6 female-centric genre films you can watch this month

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Apr 2, 2018

Fans of genre know that when it comes to sci-fi, fantasy and horror, we're usually not left wanting for quality entertainment. But what about those of us who want to enjoy more films told from the female perspective?

Fortunately for us, there are several movies this month that appear to fit the bill, and thanks to the site Women and Hollywood's new April preview, we're able to pick out some titles that satisfy several different kinds of criteria. Whether centered around a female character, female-written or female-directed, here are 6 genre titles debuting in April that you should definitely check out.

Big Fish & Begonia - April 6

Originally developed in 2004, this Chinese animated fantasy epic directed and co-written by Liang Xuan and Zhang Chun tells the story of a mystical realm that exists apart from the human world. A young girl named Chun, who inhabits said realm, is permitted to travel to the human world in the form of a red dolphin when she reaches the age of 16 — but she quickly discovers that this new place can be dangerous, and her presence there leads to serious consequences. Funimation recently acquired the U.S. distribution rights to the film, which will be released on April 6.

Orbiter 9 - April 6

This Spanish-language science fiction film premiered last year, but was recently picked up by Netflix and will be made available via the streaming site. Helena is the sole passenger on a spaceship traveling from Earth to distant planets. One day, she receives a visit from repair mechanic, Alex. The two fall in love, but that's when things get more complicated.

Truth or Dare - April 13

Co-written by Jillian Jacobs and starring Lucy Hale, Truth or Dare is a new Blumhouse-produced horror flick that revolves around an unsuspecting group of friends. According to Blumhouse and film distributor Universal, "A seemingly harmless game of truth or dare turns deadly when someone—or something—begins to punish those who tell a lie or refuse a dare of some sort."

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Wildling - April 13

Wildling, which made its debut at SXSW 2018, is being billed as a modern take on the classic "creature feature," as well as a dark fantasy film, and the trailer already has us intrigued. After a childhood in captivity under the care of a man who taught her to fear the outside world, a young woman sees her new freedom shattered by a series of unsettling events. Starring Bel Powley and Liv Tyler.

Mercury 13 - April 20

This space doc, co-directed by Heather Walsh, will be released on Netflix and spotlights the 13 female pilots who were screened by NASA behind closed doors back in the 1960s to become space pioneers for the Mercury program—and who were ultimately passed over for the "Mercury 7," an all-male group.

Imitation Girl - April 20

Written and directed by Natasha Kermani, Imitation Girl has already been earning positive buzz via the film festival circuit ahead of a wider release. When an alien takes the form of an adult film star, both must learn to cope with the complexities of being human.