Ah, October. Fall is in full swing, everything is pumpkin-spiced, and the hunger for good genre films is never higher. Fortunately for those who are looking ever-forward for the next great genre flick, I spent last week knee-deep in exciting upcoming genre films in Austin, Texas thanks to FantasticFest, where I spent eight days watching the weirdest, wildest and best of upcoming sci-fi, fantasy, action, and horror. You can read my full FantasticFest recap here, but basically, Tim League and the folks at Alamo Drafthouse scour the world for the most exciting new genre on the market, roll it up in a party-and-bbq ball, and serve it up to their loyal attendees over the eight-day festival.
There are plenty of big-name features at the fest. This year saw the debut of Tim Burton‘s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, as well as screenings for Awards-contenders like Arrival and A Monster Calls, but the most exciting thing about FantasticFest is the lengthy roster of more unusual, international fare you might not have spotted elsewhere. Below you’ll find nine of my favorites from the Fest, some you may have heard of, some will be new titles, but you should keep an eye out for all of them over the coming year. Some will hit theaters soon (The Greasy Strangler finally drops this week), while others may turn out to be a bit of a wait, but they’re all worth seeking out when you have the chance.