Lionsgate has released a new trailer for Eli Roth‘s latest horror flick, Knock Knock. The film stars Keanu Reeves as a nice family man whose life is turned upside down when two gorgeous young women, played by Lorenza Izzo and Ana De Armas, come knocking at his door asking for help. Once inside, the ladies put their twisted seduction into motion and things dark in no time.
Roth has a tendency to go overboard with his films, sometimes in a fun way (Cabin Fever) and sometimes in a downright awful way (The Green Inferno). I like this trailer, and it looks like Roth might finally be showing a little restraint. Based off Peter Traynor‘s 1977 exploitation film Death Game, Knock Knock looks like good old fashioned fucked up fun. The trailer certainly teases a lot of depraved shenanigans, but seemingly more of the mental torture variety, which is a nice change for the splattery director who helped usher in the era of “torture porn”. I also like that this is a meat and potatoes horror film. It all starts with sin, and the rest is an act of penance. Plus, Keanu Reeves. I’ll pretty much watch anything he does.
Check out the new Knock Knock international trailer below and you can watch Steve’s Sundance interview with Reeves here.
Here’s the Sundance synopsis for Knock Knock:
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.