“Knock, knock. Who’s there?”

If those “Knock Knock” jokes that we learnt as kids are anything to go by, they taught us that we should not open our doors to strangers. Especially on rainy nights when you happen to be alone at home. In the case of erotic horror thriller Knock Knock, that’s exactly what happens. But come on, who would turn away two young, attractive women drenched in the pouring rain?

Keanu Reeves (of The Matrix fame) stars as architect Evan Webber, a happily-married husband and father of two living in an expensive home. He is alone on a Father’s Day weekend while his wife and children go on a family beach trip that he had to miss because of work. As day turns to night, rain pours and soon comes unexpected knocking at the front door.

Evan finds two young women – Genesis (Lorenza Izzo) and Bel (Ana de Armas) – at the door and invites them in for temporary shelter from the rain. They explain their predicament as having given wrong directions to a cab – and subsequently lost – after being dropped off halfway in their journey. Being the accommodating man he is, Evan books a cab for them to be on their way.

As they get acquainted, their clothes are finally dry and Evan suggests they leave for their cab. But when they take too long in the shower, he offers to bring the clothes in to them so they can change. Unbeknownst to him, Bel and Genesis laugh and casually seduce him. As temptation sets in, Evan gives in and they have a threesome. The next day, to his horror, the tables are turned and the women take over.

Helmed by actor-director Eli Roth, Knock Knock continues the no-holds-barred approach of filmmaking that Roth employs in his films. His works are known for having explicit violence and bloody horror, and this latest film is not too far away from that. Incidentally, the newlywed also ropes in wife Lorenza in his recent projects, as she plays Genesis here.

As for acting chops, suffice to say that Reeves’ performance just goes downhill each passing minute. Every guy that watches Knock Knock may at some point in the movie wish they were Evan, yet they would also hope he would man up and take charge of the situation. The fear is understandable, but the cowardly façade he shows is not, especially when it involves constant screaming and wailing to be let go.

Despite the presence of a female duo that exudes blatant charisma, what makes this movie a flop is the lack of a noteworthy plot. While Evan’s life gets turned upside down, there is no clear motive for the women when they carry out their “scheme”. They simply turn psychotic overnight and crave constant sexual gratification. Even the script is peppered with dialogue so cringeworthy it just gives Knock Knock the “it’s so bad, it’s good” label.

Knock Knock opens in theatres tomorrow.

Directed by: Eli Roth
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Classification: R21 – Sexual Scenes
Rating: 1.5/5