One of the biggest surprises of the year was Keanu Reeve’s turn as the ass kicking dog-lover in John Wick, a stylish action thriller that beat to the pulse of a techno-infused soundtrack as bodies hit the floor left and right. With Reeves back in the spotlight, teaming up with none other than horror maestro Eli Roth for his psychosexual thriller Knock Knock couldn’t have come at a better time. I don’t know what’s more intriguing—seeing Reeves star in an Eli Roth film or the fact that Knock Knock will be Roth’s first feature film outside of the horror genre… ever.
What’s it about? One night a couple of gorgeous young girls walk into a married man’s life, turning a wild fantasy into his worst nightmare. Knock Knock is essentially Roth’s take on the ever-popular home invasion genre; only instead of a bunch of masked mad men doing the terrible deeds, this one focuses on a couple of girls out to ruin one man’s life. Hopefully they don’t kill his dog.
While it’s easy to assume something with Roth’s name attached to it will be an out-and-out horror film, Knock Knock will lean more on the thriller side of things:
I had a window before I promote Green Inferno, and I wanted to make a movie like Roman Polanski or Paul Verhoeven made when they were young, a classic psychosexual thriller that’s not a horror movie, but would have everyone on the edge of their seats.
With its world premiere set for January at the Sundance Film Festival, it won’t be long before we know if Roth’s latest is as good as it sounds. Knock Knock also stars Lorenza Izzo, Ana De Armas, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand, Colleen Camp.