Knock Knock is every man’s worst nightmare, turned into a blockbuster Hollywood film.
Note: Due to the graphic nature of this movie, it is not suitable for persons under 18 years of age. This review, therefore, contains certain references to said graphic material and should not be read by those under that age or who are easily disturbed.
Knock-Knock, directed by Eli Roth, is the story of a devoted and loving father and husband (Keanu Reeves) who makes a single, terrible mistake which alters the course of his life forever.
As you might have guessed, the mistake involves giving in to temptation…yes, that kind of temptation.
Through the opening scenes of the movie it is made abundantly clear that Evan Webber (Reeves), is a happy family man lacking nothing. With a mansion in the hills, a beautiful blonde-haired, blue eyed wife, two happy, healthy children and a successful career, everything is going just swimmingly.
Too swimmingly… for the plot of a Hollywood horror flick!
As his wife and children take off for the long weekend, Evan receives an unexpected knock at the door and is shocked to find two beautiful, young, soaking wet women on his doorstep. Being lost, they need to use the phone, and being the great all-around guy that he is, Evan offers them the help they need.
We need not go into no further details here about what happens next. Suffice to say, he does put up a very reasonable fight before his natural instincts get the better of him and temptation wins.
However, Evan has bitten off more than he’s bargained for. As the plot thickens and the story unfolds, there’s a lot more to the pretty pair of ladies he has let into his home than meets the eye.
What follows is nothing less than horrifying. Without giving away too much of the plot or better moments of the movie, these two are sick little puppies with severe, unsolvable issues. They are hell-bent on making Evan pay for his sins, even though he did everything in his power to resist.
A night of sheer hell unfolds, at least for Even Webber. The ladies seem to be quite enjoying themselves, wrecking his home, torturing him and destroying this man who has betrayed his wife and children one cut, strike and accusation at a time.
You’ll have to see the movie to learn the finer details, but for now I’ll give you a little warning:
The next time you get a knock in the middle of the night, you’ll be a little more hesitant to answer after watching this movie.
What Knock-Knock did right
This movie is shot beautifully; the camera work is almost flawless.
The characters are all coherent and are developed nicely as the plot goes on. The acting skills of the two sadistic ladies are phenomenal, with demonic laughs and hysterical, feverish pleasure derived from torturing this poor man all acted out masterfully.
What Knock-Knock got wrong
There were several problems with his movie, but nothing that made it a deal-breaker, in my view.
Keanu Reeves acting was, as per usual, wooden and entirely unbelievable in parts. The man is excellent at playing spaced out computer programmers sent into an entirely electronic world to save humanity, but when it comes to feigning real emotions like distress, anger and fear, he is absolutely god awful.
The second (and final) small problem I had with this movie is that certain sections are simply unbelievable, breaking the audience from the hypnotic spell the movie is supposed to cast. How could a 6 ft tall 200+ pound man be overpowered by two dainty little 100 pound ladies in high-heels? His struggles against them, with them overpowering him several times, were entirely out of the realm of possibility and damaged what was otherwise a fantastic tale of morality, suspense and horror.
Aside from these minor annoyances, it was an overall a great flick and I’m glad I watched it.
I give Knock-Knock 3.5 stars out of 5 – it is certainly worth a watch. This movie will shock you, and ensure a little more caution in dealing with ‘too good to be true’ scenarios, but it won’t be winning any Oscars or going down in the Hollywood Hall of Fame.
Give it a watch, as long as the kids are safely tucked in bed and not likely to walk in! Just lock your doors tight before you do and have a baseball bat pre-ready beside the bed for when you want to sleep. And if the doorbell rings…
Well, we already know you won’t answer after watching this!