For the past two weeks, I was in Austin, Texas, but I wasn’t eating barbecue and drinking beer at every chance imaginable. This is because I was at Fantastic Fest 2016, the world’s greatest genre film festival, getting an early view of some truly great films that will be coming out over the next few months.

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Here are my 12 favorite movies from the festival, with links to their reviews. A note: I didn’t see every film that played there, and in fact had to avoid a few because they weren’t in io9's wheelhouse. But more importantly, even though these are ranked 1-12, I would recommend seeing every single one of them.

1) Raw

2) Arrival

3) The Girl with All the Gifts

4) A Dark Song

5) The Untamed

6) Colossal

7) A Monster Calls

8) Split

Note: My actual favorite thing I saw at Fantastic Fest was the final two minutes of Split. The movie itself is still really good, though.

9) Rats

10) Science Fiction Vol. 1: The Osiris Child

11) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

12) The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Honorable Mention: Shin Godzilla, The Void, Buster’s Mal Heart