From 'There Will Be Blood' to 'Zombieland,' these are the best films to debut at Fantastic Fest

From 'There Will Be Blood' to 'Zombieland,' these are the best films to debut at Fantastic Fest ...

Fantastic Fest is one of the best genre film festivals to see science fiction, horror, fantasy, and comedy films. If something is unimaginable and cant be categorized as only one thing, it might find a home at this Austin film festival.

The Menu, Bones and All, Decision to Leave, Banshees of Inisfree, and Lynch/Oz are among the most anticipated films to feature at this year's festival. Of course, the festival should also be able to spotlight some hidden gems that will gain a wider audience as a result of their debut.

Although Fantastic Fest brings in projects that have previously been presented at other festivals, it is also where a lot of exceptional films first premiere for audiences. Here are some of the greatest films that ever had their world premiere at the Festival.

There Will Be Blood (2007)

The film by Paul Thomas Anderson is often cited as one of the greatest films of the 21st century. It was presented for the first time at Fantastic Fest. Following its critically acclaimed debut, There Will Be Blood was nominated for Best Picture at the 2008 Academy Awards. Day-Lewis earned his second Best Actor award.

Southland Tales Director's Cut (2007)

Southland Tales had one of the most disastrous premieres in the history of the Cannes Film Festival. In order to be in the running for the 2006 competition, director Richard Kelly had to wait for an entire year to get his directing debut.

Zombieland (2009)

When Zombieland first appeared at the Fantastic Fest in 2009, it was in for a treat. The audience also got to see Bill Murray's incredible performance before it could be spoiled by the Internet.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning (2012) and Universal Soldier: Regeneration (2009)

Who would have imagined that Universal Soldier would become one of the most ambitious and exciting franchises of the 21st century? Director John Hyams focused on the sequels in a darker and more experimental direction. Hyams used the premise to satirize jingoism, toxic masculinity, and radical fundamentalism.

Red (2010)

The Expendables was a self-aware action franchise about elder assassins that The Expendables should have been. The cast provides more than one great one-liners, but Red 2 opted to skip Fantastic Fest. In retrospect, it's probably better that Austin viewers did not see the disappointing sequel.

Frankenweenie (2012)

Tim Burton reintroduced himself to the idea of the original 1984 Frankenweenie short film, and almost three decades later, he reintroduced himself to the idea. Burton's 2012 animated film is both a heartfelt boy and his dog story as well as a genuine clever take on the Frankenstein origin story.

Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Bone Tomahawk appeared to be another VOD western that involved a few film stars. However, these are the kinds of obscure projects that Fantastic Fest honors, and anyone who saw the world premiere of S. Crag Zahlers hilarious horror film was never going to forget it. Bone Tomahawk was widely celebrated once it became available online, but there's nothing like seeing the horrific final moments with a live audience.

Split (2016)

Split is a film that audiences needed to see right away. While M. Night Shyamalan is well-known for his plot twists, his shocking connection to the Unbreakable universe was one of the most audacious moves of his career. Its a testament to the respect that audiences at Fantastic Fest have for their peers in the film industry that the film's twist was not spoiled for most audiences who had to wait months later to see it during the broad release.

1922 (2017)

Stephen King was the year 2017. Between The Dark Tower, It: Chapter One, and Geralds Game, King adaptations were more popular than ever before. 1922 is a haunting King story that is brought to life by Thomas Jane in the finest performance of his career. It's a fantastically creepy King story that audiences at Fantastic Fest saw before it was released on Netflix.

Wheelman (2017)

Wheelman is a great way to see films that would otherwise be denied a theatrical window. The film does not reveal anything beyond the interior of the wheelmans car; the camera does not record anything outside the vehicle's interior (Frank Grillo).

Overlord (2018)

Overlord is a weird genre mashup that simply does not exist anymore, thanks to the excellent lead performance by Jovan Adepo. It's also the sort of horrific mass crowd pleaser that deserves to be seen by a wider audience.

Tammy and the T-Rex Restored Version (2019)

Fantastic Fest has done its best to preserve unusual moments in film history, as well as many forgotten classics. Tammy and the T-Rex is one of the weirdest films ever made. If you think this sounds confusing, wait until you see the ridiculous direction that the film takes in its final scene.