When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse. A sexy new thriller from director Eli Roth, Knock Knock stars Keanu Reeves as the family man who falls into temptation and Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as the seductresses who wreak havoc upon his life, turning a married man’s dark fantasy into his worst nightmare.
I’m a huge Eli Roth fan and it’s been quite a while that I’ve been waiting patiently for his next horror film. I was surprised to find out after popping this film in that it was more of a thriller than a horror. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that either, in fact it’s a welcomed change from his previous work. The film has this crazy scenario that I would liken to The Strangers and Funny Games. It kept me on edge throughout the film and I genuinely couldn’t figure out what these girls were going to do to the guy next. They went pretty far but I think the worst thing they did to him wasn’t even physical, it was saying that they were underage. You can just see the guys’ face basically hit the floor in complete shock. It was hard to watch in places just because you slowly see this guys’ life being torn apart while he keeps pleading with the intruders that “He’s a good man”. Let’s face it, the guy is NOT a good man because of what he did BUT it’s basically torture. Unfortunately Reeves isn’t 100% believable here and for the most part (mainly in the beginning) it seems kind of “phoned in” but he manages to redeem himself in the second half of the film. The film accomplished what it set out to accomplish and it had me squirming in my seat. Just like the other films I mentioned above it’s mainly because it’s a scenario that is fictional but could potentially take place in the real world. It’s not an Eli Roth horror film but it definitely gets the job done and makes the experience intriguing enough to want more of this sort of thing from him. 8/10
Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary – Only 2 scenes here one of which is an alternate ending. Both of them are pretty decent and include optional commentary.
The Art of Destruction: The Making of Knock Knock – A great 14 minute feature that gives you plenty of information on the filmmaking process.
Audio Commentary by Eli Roth, Lorenza Izo, Nicolás López, and Colleen Camp