Don’t Knock Twice, horror movie
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  • So Chloe is actually living in a home, something like an orphanage because her mother, Jess (Katee Sackhoff) had some problems when she was younger and feels that Chloe is better off in someone else care
  • However, Chloe came running back to her mother when she is convinced that the legend is true and she will be killed soon
  • Jess, not knowing the reason behind, is of course very happy about it but she soon realized that there is something not so right about her daughter – she is seeing things that are not there
  • I think her character can be better executed
  • The visuals and cinematography are not too bad for most of the movie (minus the tunnels scenes)


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    Don’t Knock Twice is a Horror/Thriller movie directed by Caradog James.

    The story revolves around an urban legend on an abandoned house own by a witch. The legend has it that if you knock on the door once, you’ll wake her from her bed, twice and wake her from her dead.

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  • Anyway, horror movies always have adventurous characters that would challenge the legend. So the lead, Chloe (Lucy Boynton) and her boyfriend (Danny) went and knocked twice on the door. Which lead to the boyfriend having only few minutes of scene time.

    So Chloe is actually living in a home, something like an orphanage because her mother, Jess (Katee Sackhoff) had some problems when she was younger and feels that Chloe is better off in someone else care. Now that Jess is doing well, she wishes to reconnect with Chloe and hopes to regain her custody. But Chloe doesn’t think so.

  • Don't Knock Twice (Movie)
  • However, Chloe came running back to her mother when she is convinced that the legend is true and she will be killed soon. Jess, not knowing the reason behind, is of course very happy about it but she soon realized that there is something not so right about her daughter – she is seeing things that are not there.

    However, Jess seems to have problems on her own, she started having some weird dreams about someone committing suicide.

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  • And then there is this friend of Jess, by the name of Tiara, who always seems to have that look on her face which makes me thinks that she wasn’t what she seems. But at the same time, I also can’t help but feel she just have that one expression, which makes her character rather bland and at times annoying to see. I think her character can be better executed.

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  • Everything seems here and there and I can’t help but think they threw in certain elements just for the scary and mystery effects, however they do piece together later on.

  • Don't Knock Twice (Movie)
  • So there is a demon/monster named Baba Yaga who needs human slaves to do her bidding because her power is limited. In order to free yourself from being a slave, you need to kill yourself or find a replacement by trick someone else into doing very evil things.

    I like how the film focus quite a lot on the bonding between the mother and daughter. There are a few quite touching conversations and scenes. But at the same time, it’s pretty confusing too. Half the time I am very confused about the whole legend thingy. At first there is a “Ginger” (I assume she is the witch or Baba Yaga) who lived in that abandoned house and then is a “Mary” who took a friend of Chloe into the house? So Chloe and friends indirectly forced Mary into suicide? And then it’s not Ginger that is haunting Chloe but Mary because Chloe had unknowingly spread rumours about her?

    Huh?

    Yes it does get clears up after that but well, it took a while and the confusion is pretty distracting.

    The main casts (Katee Sackhoff and Lucy Boynton) add a lot to the movie. It’s their great performance that often creates the mood and tenseness in the movie. There are a few times that I can feel the intense emotions through their eyes. I can imagine the film failing badly if just one of them doesn’t delivers. (They’re the main characters anyway, so if they suck, the movie will suck too!) Great casting choice, I’d say.

    However, everything starts to get a little sluggish toward the end of the movie. Especially the last part whereby they’re running from the demon, crawling through some very narrow “tunnels”, it’s just not exciting enough and the scene cut doesn’t makes sense. It feels like the director is running out of time or budget and he just “make-do” with those scenes.

    Overall, though the plot is pretty typical for a horror film, the twist is pretty good. The atmosphere and mood are well managed and kept me tensed most of the times. The visuals and cinematography are not too bad for most of the movie (minus the “tunnels” scenes). The demon/monster is scary enough, but not exactly original. (All demon/ghost crawls after Ju-on)

    It’s not a bad watch, something you can consider watching if you’ve some free time on hand and likes thrillers/horror movies.



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Jayz says :

it looked a bit like low budget film but the monster does seemed scary.

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Andrew Leith says :

I agree it seemed like low budget film but with the acting and the monster really made it quite scary and entertaining.

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cpy replies :

I agree, they did rather well with the design of the monster.

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Andrew says :

What problems did Jess have?

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cpy replies :

drugs. she was a druggie.

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Andrew Leith says :

She not only had a drug problem, which was serious issues for her, but she had big problems with her mother as well. The character she played was really good.

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