Horror maestro Eli Roth returns to directorial duties with the Keanu Reeves-starring Knock Knock. The raunchy erotic thriller – which also stars Aftershock’s Lorenza Izzo and Blind Alley’s Ana de Arma – puts a 21st century spin on the home invasion tale in seductively disturbing fashion.
Evan Webber’s (Reeves) life is pretty sweet. Along with his successful artist wife, Karen (Ignacia Allamand), and two adorable kids, they’re members of America’s “one per cent land” – living in a beautiful suburban home as this idealistic modern day family. When his partner and children leave him home alone for the weekend, the high flying architect receives a couple of unexpected visitors. Lost, confused and soaking wet, two model-type ladies, Genesis (Izzo) and Bel (de Armas), turn up at his door and shit quickly – and incredibly steamily – begins to take an erotically-laced turn for the worst.
This disturbingly engaging, highly sexualised flick – full of love, lust and filthy stinkin’ adultery – is messed up in all the right places. As Reeve’s Webber (a family man – and we’re not made to forget it!) tries to oh-so-awkwardly squirm his way out of the seductive palms of our flirtatious femme fatales, his painful attempt to resist – through disinteresting small talk and showing off on his DJ decks – is a thoroughly engaging, if not slightly surreal, spectacle.
Crazy eyed and beautiful, with little explanation and never a clear motive, Genesis and Bel toy, tease and play with their long-haired – and very married – playmate, turning his delightful home – and his prized turntable – into the scene of a deadly gameshow. “You’re all the same” they claim, as Evan begs for mercy with one clear message: them pesky men, however rich, happy or married they are, they just can’t keep it in their pants!
The set-up’s nothing new and the outcome’s a given, but its brutal intensity – compounded by the sheer bat-shit-craziness of Izzo and De Armas and the ever-growing desperation of a hysterical Reeves – makes Roth’s seductive examination of human sexuality a thoroughly uncomfortable, yet strangely engrossing watch.