The last time strangers showed up at Keanu Reeves’ house, it didn’t turn out that good for them. But those were hired killers and Reeves was a badass ex-assassin named John Wick. Things are a little different though in Knock Knock, a new suspense thriller from Eli Roth, which sees the horror-maestro ditch his usually gore-splattered ways for a tense game of sexy cats and mouse.
This home invasion thriller sees Reeves as a happily married, financially successful family man who finds himself alone at home on a rainy night, when two very flirty and very pretty young girls show up on his doorstep with wet clothes and little inhibitions. We all know how this one turns out. What begins as a bit of sexual fantasy infidelity that could very well have had the words “Dear Penthouse Magazine…” prefacing it, soon gets pretty dark though when these two young ladies (one of whom is actually Roth’s real life wife Lorenza Izza) turn out to have a much more sinister intentions for our unfaithful hero.
If this plot sounds familiar, it’s because Knock Knock is technically a remake in everything but name. Roth had initially planned to redo 1997’s schlockfest Death Game, but when trying to acquire the rights he found out that the production company for the original movie no longer existed, meaning there was nobody to actually acquire the rights from. Easy fix: hire the original film’s director and stars as executive producers, write your own version of the script and call it Knock Knock. And now Roth has debuted the first teaser trailer for the film on his Facebook page, which doesn’t show much, but in typical Eli Roth fashion is a bit NSFW.
Evan Webber (Keanu Reeves) is living the dream. Just look at his beautiful, successful wife, his two wonderful kids, and his truly stunning house—which he designed himself. Of course he did. Things are going so well, Evan doesn’t even mind spending Father’s Day alone while the rest of his family heads out for a beach weekend. And then there’s a knock on the door.
The two young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) standing on Evan’s doorstep are where Evan’s dream takes a nightmarish turn. Given co-writer/director Eli Roth’s well-deserved reputation for creating cinematic discomfort, it should come as no surprise what happens next: Things get weird, and then dark, and then much, much, much darker. But this is no splatter film, so Roth keeps the horror nice and psychological as Evan’s life—and house—get ripped apart, piece by beautiful piece.
Knock Knock debuts at the Sundance Film Festival this week. There’s no word on a distributor or release date yet.
Last Updated: January 26, 2015