Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Knock Knock (Lionsgate Blu-ray)

Let’s get this off our chest. Yes, this movie is pretty much a lock for Death Game. I don’t think there should be any secret about that though I would say it is an updated version with a modern spin on the classic 70’s invasion flick. If you can’t get over that, that this movie was inspired by a cult classic film then you won’t like the movie at any cost. I’m afraid that’s a disappointment because Knock Knock is actually quite good and personally terrified me throughout. As a devoted father and husband myself, it wasn’t difficult to step into the shoes of our protagonist victim even if there’s no way in Hell I’d take “free pizza” over my family. I got it. We are all tempted, and this is the story of temptation realized, victimized and without mercy.

Each actor and actress is perfect giving a near perfect performance save for a few Keanu-isms that make it tricky to separate Reeves as an actor from Reeves playing a character. It’s a minor glitch in an otherwise dastardly ride. The “havoc” Knock Knock offers is intense and profound. You’ll get angry and frustrated trying to help out the victim, but you’ll know deep in your skull you can’t. You’re a passive passenger and you can only watch the chaos, near immature antics of insanity and try to hope that somehow this can all turn out well for our victim.

Knock Knock is in no way a feel good movie. This is a movie that questions morals on several levels and discusses a darker side of the human condition, love and desire. Be prepared to feel like shit when the whole thing is done (think Funny Games).

The movie looks great in HD with a nice Blu-ray that has a making of featurette and fully commentary. The discussion of the moral implication for the characters in the making of is pretty great as a companion to the movie.

You can order Knock Knock now.

From Lionsgate:

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, KnockKnock 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. 

The Knock Knock home entertainment release includes audio commentary with the cast and crew, deleted scenes and a behind-the-scenes featurette. The Knock Knock Blu-ray and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $19.99 and $19.98, respectively. Screenplay by Eli Roth & Nicolás López & Guillermo Amoedo. Story by Anthony Overman and Michael Ronald Ross. Directed by Eli Roth.

·       Audio Commentary by Eli Roth, Lorenza Izo, Nicolás López and Colleen Camp
·       Deleted Scenes with Optional Audio Commentary by Eli Roth
·       “The Art of Destruction: The Making of Knock Knock” Featurette
·       Still Gallery

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