Eli Roth has cemented himself as a premiere horror director with his hits like Cabin Fever, The Hostel franchise and the recently released highly anticipated The Green Inferno. While The Green Inferno is getting all the buzz right now, Roth has his latest film Knock Knock, a remake of the 1977 film Death Game, starring Keanu Reeves, Lorenzo Izzo, Ana de Armas Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand and Colleen Camp, but does it offer up anything worth checking out or will it be a deadly game you just don’t care about?
Knock Knock follows a devoted husband and father who is left home alone for the weekend, when 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. This movie has everything it needs to be a great remake including original stars Colleen Camp and Sondra Locke producing, but sadly it falls short and goes in a very weird direction. There is something bizarrely enjoyable about this film despite it being horribly acted and executed. Roth is really great at building tension and while there are a couple of moments where that works here it plays up more as an over the top dark comedy whether it was intended to or not. Every performance here is way overboard and often forced. The first half of the film sets the tone, but Reeves just doesn’t feel like he belongs with this family and instead like the new guy that just moved in. When the tone changes with the mysterious girls it shows a sign of redemption until Reeves becomes the unwilling victim of the game they are playing. From here on out he is giving some strange dialogue deliveries and a performance that is so laughable that it had to have been on purpose. It makes you wonder if this was all a part of trying to bring the schlock cheese cinema to life or it was something that just failed. His performance in the second half is so bad that you can’t help but laugh and want more. Izzo and Armas give unbalanced performances but not in the way that showcases their insanity. You never really get the vibe of anything they are doing or buy into their mentality and in the end most of what they do feels forced with the exception of a few moments.
For those fans of the Green Inferno this film features some familiar faces with Lorenzo Izzo, Aaron Burns, and Ignacia Allamand all featuring in both films. This is one that you will either hate it for the cheesy unbalanced nature or it will be the exact same reason you will love it as a guilty pleasure. In addition to the film this release includes commentaries, deleted scenes, and a making of featurette that takes you behind the craziness. If you are a fan of Eli Roth then decide for yourself and check out Knock Knock on Blu-ray and DVD now.