How did I compile this list? There’s no real method to my special brand of madness. I simply looked through films released between October 1st 2017 and September 30, 2018 and worked and reworked the list until I had 31. This countdown is not for the elitists or festival goers, so if the film hasn’t been released to the masses, it won’t be on the list. Also anything released in October will most likely be on next year’s list—so sorry, no films like HALLOWEEN or SUSPIRIA just yet. I hope you’ll join me daily and don’t forget to like and share my picks with your pals across the web. I’ll also provide a second film suggestion in a separate post that is worth noting this year or missed being on the list by a skosh for those who can’t get enough horror.
So let’s get to it! Chime in after the review and let me know what you think of the film, how on the nose or mind-numbingly wrong I am, and most importantly, come up with your own darn list…let’s go!
#20 TONIGHT SHE COMES
Why is TONIGHT SHE COMES #20? Being horror fans, we know that some scary movies you go see for the actors involved. Some you watch because of the creative direction or storytelling. Then there are those that are there because of the horror effects. Hoo doggy does TONIGHT SHE COMES have some insanely gross and hory effects. It’s also a whole lot of fun as it revels in that gore like few movies I’ve seen. If you’re a sucker for gore, this one is for you. You can find TONIGHT SHE COMES on Shudder, here on iTunes and Amazon!
TONIGHT SHE COMES (2016)
Directed by Matt Stuertz
Written by Matt Stuertz
Starring Nathan Eswine, Larissa White, Jenna McDonald, Brock Russell, Cameisha Cotton, Adam Hartley, Dal Nicole and Frank Ray
Find out more about this film @tonightshecomes and on Facebook here
TONIGHT SHE COMES is a true toxic shocker like you’ve never seen before. It dives face first with its mouth wide open into some of the most depraved, disgusting, and utterly disconcerting places and never lets you come up for air right up til the end.
A pair of drunk party girls run into a wannabe mailman and his perverted friend at a cabin in the woods. But as the day goes on and none of them can find the owner of the cabin, shit starts going sideways. A naked corpse of a woman emerges from a nearby lake and attacks the drunken kids and while fleeing, they run into a family of hillbilly mystics who use their backwoods magic to fight the undead menace that won’t stop advancing towards them. Only one powerful spell will take care of this monster, but it’s elaborate and gross and something you won’t be able to unsee.
Holy shit this is one hell of a movie! I haven’t seen a movie with this much confidence and balls-out swagger in a long time. Expertly mixing comedy and grossout horror, TONIGHT SHE COMES is going to have gorehounds screaming and sensitive types (and even not so sensitive types) running for the nearest place to vomit. I can’t say anything about menstruation and a woman’s time of the month that won’t infuriate people. I will say that this film plays with my own gag reflex involving “Shark Week” (this is the women of the film’s description of their monthly visitor, not mine) and goes far beyond it. Seriously, if you are sensitive to bodily fluids being put into places no bodily fluids should steer clear of this film. But if you think you have the iron constitution, you’re in store for one hell of a barforamic rollercoaster ride! In many spots, this film is a throwback to gorefests like EVIL DEAD II and DEAD ALIVE, while others spots just leap into a whole ‘nother level of gross and wrong.
The thing is, though, TONIGHT SHE COMES is hilarious even before the gore stars spattering. Hitting the ground running, this film exudes a raunchy, but effective sense of humor. It plays with tropes from slasher films yet does so with a lot of imagination and a wicked funny bone. Parts of it is an homage (there’s even a riff off one of Jason Voorhees’ most famous kills). Then in the latter half it ascends into its own gory groove by keeping the laughs and nods coming, but this time its covered with blood. I’m telling you, you won’t know whether you want to die laughing or barfing with this one.
Across the board, the actors in this film nail their landing in terms of comedic timing. Then again, when shit gets real, they all work as well. Sure they are playing idiot kids and inbred hillbilly wizards, but still, they do so with confidence and style. TONIGHT SHE COMES is one of the most unique new films I’ve seen in a long time. It’s gross. It’s raunchy. But it’s also hilarious and a rock solid horror film. I love this Jackson Pollock masterpiece of a splatter movie and if you can keep your lunch down, I think you’ll get a kick out of TONIGHT SHE COMES too!
THE COUNTDOWN SO FAR…
#31 – Sam Patton’s DESOLATION
#30 – CULT OF CHUCKY
#29 – 1922
#28 – PSYCHOPATHS
#27 – GHOST STORIES
#26 – PYEWACKET
#25 – DOWNRANGE
#24 – MAYHEM
#23 – COLD SKIN
#22 – THELMA
#21 – THE BABYSITTER
#20 – TONIGHT SHE COMES
Best of lists from previous years;
2016-17 #1 – RAW
2015-16 #1 – THE VVITCH
2014-15 #1 – THE CANAL
2013-14 #1 – PROXY
2012-13 #1 – MANIAC
2012 #1 – THE WOMAN
2011 #1 – THE LAST CIRCUS
M. L. Miller is an original AICN @$$Hole formerly known as Ambush Bug/wordslinger/writer of wrongs/reviewer/interviewer/editor of MLMILLERWRITES.COM. Follow Mark on the Twitters @Mark_L_Miller.
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