Knock Knock

A devoted husband and father on his own for the weekend has his life turned inside out after giving shelter to two seductive women during a storm.

Year: 2015
Certificate: 18
Director: Eli Roth
Starring: Keanu ReevesEli RothAaron BurnsIgnacia AllamandLorenza IzzoAna de ArmasColleen CampDaniel BailyMegan Baily

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The first time I saw the trailer for “Knock Knock”, the thing I found surprising was Keanu Reeves… in a horror movie?! The second thing that intrigued me was that it was directed by Eli Roth and it didn’t seem gory? The film that jumps to mind when I see Eli Roth’s name is “Hostel“, so a ‘normal’ horror movie piqued my interest.

“Knock Knock” is the story of what happens when a man who seems to have it all, gets offered something he doesn’t have. Reeves stars as an architect and happily married man Evan Webber. While his wife Karen (Ignacia Allamand) takes the rest of the family away for the weekend, Evan is left alone at home with only his dog for company. While working on his latest project, Evan hears a knock at the door.

Standing there in the torrential rain are two young girls (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) who tell him that they are looking for a party at a certain address but are lost. Their only source of communication, their phones, have been soaked in the rain and don’t work. After some convincing, he lets them into his house so they can dry off and use the internet to contact friends at the party and find out the correct address.

While they do that, Evan kindly goes to get them towels but upon his return, the girls aren’t simply using his internet, they are making themselves at home. relaxing on the furniture and flipping through Evans very large vinyl collection. Obviously, Evan is not a happy bunny and orders them to get out of his house and never to return. Sadly the cliché of the ‘not thinking with his head’ man thing happens and they once again convince him that they are sorry if they overstepped and they just want to get in touch with their friends. Once his back is turned, they once again make themselves comfortable, this time by taking a hot shower… together… Evan is in big trouble.

The film does a great job of keeping you watching, The flow of the movie is great and it was interesting watching the film develop and how each situation played out. Like I said earlier, the film I associate director Eli Roth with the most is “Hostel”, so it was great to see him stretch his directing muscles here a little bit. The setting is a beautiful house (99% of the film is set here), so although the view is beautiful, it takes good direction for the setting not to feel repetitive and Roth does this well.

Roth was also a writer and although sometimes the scripts was a little obvious and cliché, there were a couple of twists and turns that kept the viewer guessing and watching. That could also be said of the cast. The three main cast members take up most of the screen time. Keanu Reeves plays his character as, well… Keanu Reeves and the two fairly unknown actresses were pretty impressive. Sometimes I think films, especially horrors work well when the actors or actresses are unknown. It makes them a little more believable.

There is plenty of things that warrant the ’18’ rating this is given. The film contains plenty of foul language, some violence and a lot of sexual and general adult themes, so this isn’t something you’d watch with your kids or your parents. Again, it was great to see Keanu Reeves in a recent horror movie and if you’re a fan of his work, “Knock Knock” shouldn’t disappoint.

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