Knock Knock (2015 film)

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Knock Knock
Knock Knock poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Eli Roth
Produced by
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Anthony Overman
  • Michael Ronald Ross
Starring
Music by Manuel Riveiro
Cinematography Antonio Quercia
Edited by Diego Macho
Production
companies
  • Camp Grey
  • Dragonfly Entertainment
  • Sobras International Pictures
Distributed by Lionsgate Premiere
Release date
  • January 23, 2015 (2015-01-23) (Sundance)
  • October 9, 2015 (2015-10-09) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2 million[2][3]
Box office $6.3 million[4]

Knock Knock is a 2015 American erotic thriller-horror film directed by Eli Roth,[5] who also co-wrote the script with Guillermo Amoedo and Nicolás López. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, and Ana de Armas. The film was released on October 9, 2015, by Lionsgate Premiere. Knock Knock is a remake of the 1977 film Death Game, which was directed by Peter S. Traynor and starred Sondra Locke and Colleen Camp. All three individuals had a hand in the production of Knock Knock, while Camp also had a cameo in the newer film.[6][7]

Plot[edit]

Architect and happily married man Evan Webber (Keanu Reeves) has the house to himself and his dog, Monkey, on Father's Day weekend due to work and a physical therapy appointment for a shoulder injury while his wife and children go on a family-planned beach trip. His wife Karen (Ignacia Allamand), a successful artist, leaves their assistant Louis (Aaron Burns) in charge of her sculpture that needs to be moved to an art gallery.

Two women, Genesis (Lorenza Izzo) and Bel (Ana de Armas) knock on Evan's door. He opens the door and they say that they are looking for the address of a party. As they have no means of communication, Evan allows them in to use the Internet and get hold of the party's host. The girls make themselves at home and Evan plays a few of his old vinyl records he has from when he was a DJ. They then disappear to the bathroom when their driver arrives. Evan tries to convince them to leave, but as they start forcing themselves upon him, he gives in and has a threesome with them.

After Evan, Genesis and Bel have had sex, Evan finds out that his wife's sculpture has been vandalized by the girls. When Evan threatens to call the police, the girls reveal they are underage. Vivian (Colleen Camp), a friend of Karen's, stops by to see if Evan needs help. Seeing Genesis, Vivian angrily leaves. When Evan threatens to report a break-in, they give in and agree to be taken home.

He then returns home, cleans the mess, and tries to go back to his work. Just as he is getting closer to completing his project, he hears a shattering noise. He finds a broken picture frame of his family and Genesis knocks him out with one of his wife's sculptures. Bel climbs onto him trying to arouse him while role-playing as a school girl in his daughter's school uniform. Evan initially refuses, but the girls threaten to FaceTime his wife with him unless he agrees with their methods. Bel rapes him, and Genesis records everything. However, Evan releases himself, knocking Bel off. He charges at Genesis, but is then disarmed by her and Bel who tie him up to a chair with an electrical cord.

Louis arrives to collect the sculpture and finds Evan tied up to a chair, but before he can help him he hears the girls smashing the vandalized sculpture. He runs to stop them, but then has an asthma attack and realizes they took his inhaler. As he tries to get it back, he slips on a piece of the sculpture, hits his head while falling, and dies. They turn Louis’s body into a red sculpture and dig a makeshift grave in the backyard for Evan. They tie him up with a hose, then bury him in the hole, leaving only his head above ground. The two then reveal how the entire ordeal was merely a "game", as they never intended to kill Evan nor are either of them underage and that everything they did was part of a wicked hobby of seducing, torturing, and ruining the homes of married men with children. Genesis shows Evan the video she recorded earlier with his phone of him and Bel having sex. As Evan watches on, she uploads it to his Facebook profile. They depart for another victim and take Monkey with them, leaving Evan to his fate. Karen and the kids arrive home to the entire house ruined while speechless.

In an alternate ending, Evan is seen getting out of a car parked outside a house. Inside the house Bel and Genesis are torturing their next victim. Evan knocks on the door and the girls stop when they hear it, he knocks again and they ask 'Who's there?'. Although it ends it is assumed that Evan is plotting to punish Bel and Genesis for making a ruin of his life and marriage.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

On April 4, 2014, Keanu Reeves was added to the cast to play Evan Webber, a happily married family man and architect. The shooting was filmed in Santiago de Chile. Eli Roth stated that filming in Chile is easier than in the United States.[8] Chilean actress Ignacia Allamand also joined the film.[9][10]

Release[edit]

On January 26, 2015 Lionsgate acquired the distribution rights to the film.[11] Knock Knock premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2015.[12] The film was released on October 9, 2015 in the United States.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

On Metacritic, a review aggregator the film has a score of 53 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating that it received "mixed or average reviews".[14] Rotten Tomatoes reports a rating of 35%, based on 68 reviews, with an average rating of 5.2/10. The site's consensus states: "Knock Knock brings a lot of talent to bear on its satirical approach to torture horror, but not effectively enough to overcome its repetitive story or misguidedly campy tone."[15]

Dread Central awarded it a score of four out of five, saying "what we do have is a home invasion film for the social media generation (yes, it does feature social media in its plot) that should make you think twice before offering warmth and shelter to a stranger on a dark and stormy night."[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "KNOCK KNOCK (18)". British Board of Film Classification. June 11, 2015. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  2. ^ Sneider, Jeff (02-21-2014). "Eli Roth to Direct, Co-Write Horror Movie ‘Knock Knock’ (Exclusive)", www.thewrap.com. Retrieved 28-06-2015.
  3. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (04-04-2014). "Keanu Reeves Joins Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock,' Benicio Del Toro Joins Denis Villeneuve's 'Sicario' & More", blogs.indiewire.com. Retrieved 28-06-2015.
  4. ^ "Knock Knock (2015)". the-numbers. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  5. ^ Brian Formo (2015-10-09). "Review: The Keanu Reeves-Starring Erotic Thriller 'Knock Knock' Is a Steaming Pile of Sexy Garbage". Complex. Retrieved 2017-10-26.
  6. ^ Gingold, Michael (October 7, 2015). "Q&A: "KNOCK KNOCK"! Who's There? Director Eli Roth, on Keanu, "Free Pizza" and More". Fangoria. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  7. ^ King, Susan (October 3, 2015). "In 'Knock Knock,' actress Colleen Camp has a cameo -- and a producer credit". The Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California: Tronc. Retrieved 2017-09-02.
  8. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (April 4, 2014). "Keanu Reeves, Eli Roth To Team On Thriller 'Knock Knock'". deadline.com. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  9. ^ Phillips, Chaka (April 14, 2014). "Eli Roth New Movie: 'Knock Knock' To Star Keanu Reeves; Film To Debut In September?". latinpost.com. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "Keanu Reeves finished filming his movie "Knock Knock" in Chile". twitter.com. May 11, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014.
  11. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 26, 2015). "Lionsgate Closes Eli Roth-Keanu Reeves Thriller 'Knock Knock' At $2.5 Million". deadline.com. Retrieved January 27, 2015.
  12. ^ "Jason Segel's 'The End of the Tour' wows at Sundance". NY Daily News. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  13. ^ "Lionsgate Publicity". Lionsgate Publicity. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  14. ^ "Knock Knock Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  15. ^ "Knock Knock (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 7, 2015.
  16. ^ Gelmini, David (2015-07-02). "Knock Knock (2015)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2015-08-29.

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