Knock Knock

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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.

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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.

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  • Knock Knock, which is about two women wreaking havoc on a married man, aspires to be titillating. But more than anything, both persistently, persuasively angle to make you angry.

    Nov 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The characters are driven by convenience, not behavior, and their actions seem like they've been manhandled into place to make the plot work.

    Oct 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • "Director Eli Roth's "Knock Knock," a remake of the 1977 exploitation picture "Death Game," sometimes plays more like a comedy than like the grungy thriller that inspired it, but that's often all to the good."

    Oct 10, 2015 | Full Review…

    Dan Callahan

    TheWrap
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  • Knock Knock is a pretty flimsy erotic thriller, but thanks to Reeves' oaken obliviousness it's also got a few moments of deliciously trashy fun.

    Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: C | Full Review…
  • As a piece of social satire, "Knock Knock" winds up being not just toothless but anticlimactic.

    Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • All foreplay and no, well, climax.

    Oct 9, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Knock Knock

  • Apr 05, 2019
    Only the performances of Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as the the sadist femme fatales gets a thumbs up here. The rest of this Eli Roth fiasco gets the middle finger from me.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2017
    It's been, almost, five days since the last movie I reviewed. I've watched four films since then (including this one). Three of the weren't available on here, therefore I did not review them. For those curious (ie: none of you) those movies were: The Innocents (Argentinian horror movie), A Touch Unseen and Proof Of Innocence (both from South Korea). I started watching another movie yesterday, but it was so awful that I switched to this one. My Guardian Angel was the awful movie in question and it's on Amazon. I find it, legitimately, surprising that a movie as awful as that also has an accompanying series with the same terrible actors from the movie. Anyway, so this was the movie I ended up watching and I have quite mixed feelings on it. On one hand, I don't think that the movie, at least from reading the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes, should be criticized for the fact that it is campy. I think that the movie was intended to be campy and criticizing it for that is pointless. It's like criticizing a comedy for being TOO funny, you know. Now, you might say, that I missed the point of Snakes on a Plane because I said it tried so hard to be 'so bad it's funny' that it was just bad and not what it actually it was intended to be. That would be a fair point, but the intention was for the movie to be bad, but it failed at even that. This movie is meant to be campy, so I don't know how you use that as a negative. Any movie that has Keanu Reeves literally begging for his life, doing more acting than he ever has attempted at any point prior in his career is clearly MEANT to be laughed at and not necessarily meant to be taken completely seriously. On the other hand, part of me wasn't that into the movie or the characters. The concept is certainly interesting enough and there were clearly a lot of talented people behind the scenes and in front of the cameras. They obviously worked very hard to make the best movie they possibly could. But, if I'm being honest, I already saw this movie over 10 years ago (and I re-watched it again a couple of months ago) and that movie is called Hard Candy. The similarities are so apparent that it's impossible, if you watched both films, to compare this, unfavorably, to the superior Hard Candy. There are differences between each movie, of course. Hard Candy focuses more on the torture that the lead character inflicts on the suspected pedophile. This movie, while there are certainly some violent scenes, focuses more on the head games that Bel and Genesis play with Evan. The girls lead him to believe that they are underage, therefore Evan has to do pretty much everything they say or else they'll ruin his life. This is kind of weak when you take into consideration that, really, Bel and Genesis don't look like they're underage, at all. You can notice from a plane that these two women are several years above the legal age limit. I suppose you could explain it away by saying that Evan isn't thinking rationally and is only worried about coming out of this situation with the least possible harm done to his perfect family life. It was still a weak explanation, but it's something that people will let them get away with. Admittedly speaking, I don't think this is a bad movie. It might be similar to Hard Candy in its concept, but I do legitimately think that the movie has a good concept, because it does. It attempts to subvert the usual tropes associated with torture horror. And there's some clever moments in the film. I just don't think the movie has enough of these moments to carry it past the level that it reaches. The level that it reaches, to me, is just average. I just felt that the movie could have been even crazier than it was. All things considered, given everything that DID go on here, this feels a little bit tame. I know that's a little weird given the amount of sexual content that is here, but I feel that the movie could have been a little crazier and even more subversive. Honestly, this just plays out in a fairly predictable manner. Bel and Genesis play with Evan, fucking with him every chance they get, just because they want to teach mean who cheat some sort of fucked up lesson. But Bel and Genesis are characters that are written in such a way that you wanna see them get their comeuppance. And it didn't even have to be Evan who did it, if you wanna keep the women strong, it could have been Evan's wife who came home and did something to them. I suppose that would have messed with the satirical tone they were going for, but the story comes to a fairly unsatisfying conclusion. Bel and Genesis, honestly, aren't that interesting of characters, at least when you compare them to the main character in Hard Candy, who could get away with what she did because she was such a complex character. Bel and Genesis are just two unlikable people who have nothing better to do than to fuck with people's lives just to prove a point. If the characters had a bit more substance, then it would have been better, but there's no substance. And, don't get me wrong, Lorenza Izzo and Ana De Armas (Genesis and Bel respectively) are actually really good here. Keanu Reeves goes Nic Cage batshit crazy in some scenes. So the acting, to me, is the most entertaining part of the entire movie. I just wish the characters would have been more interesting, the narrative would have felt more satisfying at its conclusion if they were. I got some entertainment from the film, to be sure, but it's just not a movie that I feel comfortable calling good. You can certainly do worse, I tried a worse movie yesterday prior to this one, but there's really nothing to see here. Hard Candy is so much better, so watch that instead. Unless you want more sex, then this is your movie and not Hard Candy.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 07, 2016
    "It was free pizza!" Ugly and depraved, Knock Knock is a sexual horror thriller from director Eli Roth. The story follows a married man who's seduced by two women who show up at his door claiming to be lost, but the next day he finds himself a captive in his own home being judged and punished by the women for his infidelity. Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas give terrifying performances that really pull off the crazy especially well. However, the film's theme is poorly constructed, as the girls are too violent and psychotic to be rooted for and Keanu Reeves' character is never revealed as having any dark secrets or having committed any egregious acts that are worthy of the punishment that he receives. So while Knock Knock attempts to address some interesting issues, it ends up undercutting itself and devolving into mindless games of torment.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 19, 2015
    Not being a fan of Eli Roth or the torture porn sub-genre itself, I went into this film with serious reservations. I hoped against hope that with the appealing inclusion of Keanu Reeves that this might be worth some time. Reeves has been involved in the occasional dud here and there, but he's also been known to unearth a few gems in his time. I was hoping for the latter and also hoping that Roth may have moved on from his gratuitous early films like Hostel and Cabin Fever and actually managed to mature somewhat Alas, my reservations were correct. Evan Webber (Keanu Reeves) has the house to himself for the weekend while his wife and children take a trip away. Evan's supposed to be working from home but the arrival of two young women at his doorstep temp him to do otherwise... Those familiar with the 1977 psychological thriller Death Game will know what to expect already with this one but for those unaware, fear not. It doesn't take long to get the gist of this and co-writer/director Roth doesn't waste any time setting up this remake: Reeves is a happily married man, living the suburban life with his wife, kids and family dog. There is, however, a small hint from a passing comment of Reeves flirting in the past and it's also noted that, due to family life, he and his wife haven't had sex for three weeks. So, the stage is set... Reeves gets on with his work one stormy evening until two young damsels come knocking on his door. They've lost their way, of course, and ask for his help. They flutter their eyelashes, make suggestive sexual comments and dance flirtatiously to Spanish music. Not before long they're naked and helping themselves to a shower while poor Keanu is folding their panties that he so obligingly dried in his machine. Naturally, they refuse to catch the taxi home leaving good ol' Reevesy with no choice but to bump fuzzies. Now, if only Reeves had been privy to the ominous use of music (that the audience hears so consistently to foretell danger) he'd have known that these ladies are bad news. And so ensues depravity, torture and mayhem. You may be reminded of such psychological films as Michael Haneke's Funny Games or David Slade's Hard Candy but the major difference is that those films are actually very good. Quite frankly, this is awful. Had it's tongue been lodged firmly in it's cheek it might have gained a modicum of respect but it didn't. And it doesn't! If there's any attempt at humour here then Roth has failed to capture it. It takes itself far too seriously. There's absolutely no consideration for the plot other than to move things along to the next depraved moment and the acting is woeful; Reeves is as wooden as he's ever been but, to be fair, his best moments come when he's being tortured. Or maybe that's because I could completely empathise with his excruciating pain while enduring this film. Ridiculous doesn't even begin to describe this and I should have trusted my instinct before going into it. I simply don't like Roth's films and after this I'll not be going near another one. If truth be told, I wish he'd just go away and stop wasting everyone's time. The last I heard, "Knock Knock" was the beginning of a child's joke. However, this joke stretches over 90mins and doesn't even deliver a punchline. At one point Reeves' character even screams out "what's the point of all this?" - I found myself asking the same question. Unequivocally one of the worst films I've ever had the misfortune to sit through. Maybe once the dust settles I might be able to see this as one of those films that are so bad they're good. I doubt it, though, this was absolutely awful. Like Roth's previous films it's just downright nasty and leaves a very bad aftertaste. No, Eli! Just No! Back away from the camera and leave the filmmaking to the bigger children. Now, go home and get your f@*in' shinebox. Mark Walker
    Mark W Super Reviewer

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