Fantastic Fest, now the largest genre festival in the US, is nearly upon us. So in preparation of the surely insane festivities, we've selected what we feel are going to be the Top 10 Most Fantastic Movies at Fantastic Fest this year. Now, before getting to the list, it's worth pointing out that "Most Fantastic" does not necessarily mean "Best of the Festival"-- all it means is that, taking everything into consideration, these ten films most embody the Fantastic Fest spirit.

How does one define a "Fantastic" film, you ask? It's like pornography; you know it when you see it. (The inclusion of plot points like kidnapping Santa Claus or killer tires doesn't hurt, of course.)

'Bunraku' (Pictured above)

Who is involved: Written and directed by Guy Moshe, starring Woody Harrelson, Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore, Kevin McKidd, and Ron Perlman.
You'll like it if: You like stylish action movies with great ensembles.
Why it's Fantastic: The official FF synopsis says all you need to know: "One night, a man (Josh Hartnett) walks into the bar of the local insurgent (Woody Harrelson) and desires two things: a shot of whisky and to kill Nicola. Soon, another stranger enters the bar, a samurai named Yoshi (played by Japanese pop star GACKT). Yoshi wants to avenge his father by taking back a talisman that Nicola stole from his clan. Armed with crossed destinies and incredible fighting skills, the two set out on a journey, breaking bones and cracking heads in search for Nicola."
Based on 21 critics

A sentient tire rolls through the desert, dispatching victims with the power of its mind. Read More

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
Based on 18 critics

Arctic excavators accidentally release a demonic Santa Claus from his icy prison. Read More

Stake Land
Based on 15 critics

A vampire hunter and an orphan seek a safe haven in a world populated with depraved creatures. Read More

Based on 11 critics

A swordsman and a fist-fighter slug their way through a reclusive leader's army of thugs. Read More

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