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When it comes to film, we write about the big dogs a lot here at The Mary Sue. Your Marvel and DC movies. Your Stars Trek and Wars. Whatever fairy tales are being rebooted by major studios at any given time.
And those are (or can be) good. Great, even. But there's a special place in my heart for indie movies, and there always has been. Independent moviemakers have more leeway to do interesting, creative things than their studio counterparts. And, look… this might be blasphemous of me, but a lot of the bigger-budget sci-fi movies, particularly comic book movies, have begun blending together in my head as of late. The Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men: First Class, Man of Steel... they're turning into one amorphous blob. Sometimes I'm in the mood for something a little different.
To that end, here are my suggestions for 13 Independent Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies You Should Watch. I've disqualified those lucky indie movies that have garnered mainstream success. It's not that I don't think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Pan's Labyrinth, Brazil, or Being John Malkovich are great films, and it's not that their popularity somehow invalidates their quality, but... look, does anyone need to be told they should see District 9 at this point? This list is for the little guys.
Finally, let's pour one out for the runners-up: The Host (2006), Trollhunter, Timecrimes, Monsters, Thirst, and Citadel.