Typically every year there is at least one movie that blows me away. In fact, one year that honor belonged to a short film. Most of them I will never see again, which makes me sad. This year I wasn’t really digging anything, it’s not that I was flooded with bad movies, it’s just that nothing was really leaving me wanting more. I had one last movie to see and as I was researching it I came across a bunch of people talking about another one playing right after. It wasn’t on any of the posted schedules when I initially got my tickets, so I had no idea about it beforehand. So, before the movie on Monday, and much to the chagrin of my girlfriend, I went and got a ticket; luckily they still had some. The description sounded pretty generic, but it had all these festival tags on it, so I thought it must be good, but I had no idea what I was in for with Tonight She Comes.
The movie starts off like any other horror fare that would fall in line with its description, but it quickly moves into the “what the fuck” category. It moves so far into that spectrum that I hardly had time to decipher what was taking place on the screen. And I mean that in a positive way. I couldn’t sleep when I got home because I couldn’t stop thinking about what I had just witnessed. If I’m left pondering about movies after they’re over, it’s usually because of one of only a few reasons: it sucks, it is meant to be thought-provoking, or it’s just so off the wall, out of left field weird that you’re not sure what you’ve just seen. Tonight She Comes definitely falls in the final category.
The first thing I noticed was the score. The music in this is just a driving force that rarely lets up. It’s very John Carpenter-esque and it helps drive the insane pacing of the movie. When it was finished I was almost out of breath it moved so fast. If you’ve seen Beyond the Gates it’s the same composer. The movie actually draws a lot of inspiration from 80’s horror flicks, beyond the score. If you’re a fan of practical effects you’ll dig this too because there are a few moments, including the ending, that’ll make you cringe.
I had a chance to talk with director Matt Stuertz after I saw this and he had very interesting info to share, so make sure to give that a listen as well.
Synopsis: After a girl goes missing, two of her friends and a mysterious set of strangers find themselves drawn to the cabin in the woods where she disappeared. They will laugh, they will drink, they will kiss, they will make love, and THEY MUST ALL DIE.