Director: Eli Roth
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, Ana de Armas
Release Date: Available on Blu-ray & DVD December 8, 2015
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
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.
Remaining alone on Father’s Day weekend while his wife and kids venture out elsewhere, Evan Webber (Reeves) is determined to finally get some long overdue work taken care of. Not long after settling down, he is disrupted by a knock at his door which turns out to be two beautiful young women apparently stranded and lost amidst the storm. Out of kindness he invites the two into his home in order to call for assistance, but these two have other intentions and after enticing Evan into a fantasy-like sexual encounter, the two begin to have their twisted fun, all at Evan’s expense.
Directed by modern horror legend Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel) from a script he also co-wrote along with regular collaborators Nicolás López and Guillermo Amoedo and based upon the 1977 film ‘Death Game’, Roth does a stellar job at the helm of a film unlike any of his prior directorial outings (although I haven’t yet had the pleasure of ‘The Green Inferno’). Keanu Reeves (The Matrix, John Wick) headlines the cast in a notable performance showcasing some of Reeves’ true talent, with regular Roth starrer Lorenza Izzo (Aftershock, The Stranger) and newcomer to the group Ana de Armas who are both terrifying, sexy and outright spectacular in their portrayal of the young tormentors.
‘Knock Knock’ is an intense, disturbing and nerve wracking thriller that takes the most innocent of situations and turns it into something truly terrifying with one simple act during a moment of weakness. As unsettling as most of Roth’s other directorial efforts if not more so, a fact which is even more impressive considering the almost complete lack of physical violence present in the film, ‘Knock Knock’ is a powerful thriller unlike any of Eli Roth’s other films and I would highly recommend it. The genre fans out there are sure to love it, although this one could also easily be enjoyed by those who simply enjoy a great thriller, even if they aren’t fans of horror.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Knock Knock’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks pretty solid, delivering a sharp, detailed presentation from start to finish. Some mild banding is present on a few occasions but nothing overly distracting, for the most part it holds up impressively during the darkly lit or fast moving sequences and never results in anything occurring on screen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a competent high definition video presentation that should mostly please.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds great, providing a clean, rich and at times fairly aggressive audio presentation. It utilizes all five available channels on numerous occasions in order to surround the viewer with the eerily beautiful and fitting score, in addition to plenty of other activity such as rain, random clutter as the girls wreak havoc and more, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a top notch 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-ray release of ‘Knock Knock’ includes a number of worthwhile extras. Included on the release is an ‘Audio Commentary with Eli Roth, Lorenza Izzo, Nicolás López and Colleen Camp. Also included on the release are a couple of ‘Deleted Scenes’ (running approximately 5 minutes combined) or to be more specific one deleted scene and an Alternate Ending which both include optional Commentary by Eli Roth. We are additionally treated to a Behind the Scenes Featurette including interviews/comments with the cast and crew titled ‘The Art of Destruction: The Making of Knock Knock’ (running approximately 15 minutes), and a ‘Still Gallery’.