Knock…Don’t Knock Twice

Don’t Knock Twice is a modern reinvention of bloody mary, similar to how Candyman created it’s own urban myth this English film could be a considered a fairy tale of witches and demons with an urban legend ambiance.

Chloe seeks refuge with her estranged mother Jess played by Katee Sackhoff, (Oculus, Battlestar Galactica) her friend goes missing after they perform a local superstitious act of knocking twice on the door of a local witches long abandoned home. At first Jess thinks that Chloe is acting out in teenage defiance and sees her temperament as a nuisance, but soon realizes that there is truth to what her daughter is saying and begins to witness the same crooked evil woman in the dark. Mother and daughter try to stop the curse upon Chloe but as the story behind the old lady in the house unravels it reveals a much deeper trench of secrets and lies. Jess has to decipher if the monster tormenting her daughter is an entity raised by an insidious witch or a creation derived out of vengeance for a wrong committed.

Don’t Knock Twice has genuine scary creature effects with Javier Botet as the main antagonist, he was Mama from the movie Mama; the Crooked Man from The Conjuring 2 and is to play The Leper in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s It.
At times the movie appears to slow down and is not as consistently fast paced as it teases at the beginning, the plot gets confusing in the middle but is somewhat clarified the end with a knotty twist which probably could have been rectified a little better for less muddle at the end of the second half. It does have  interesting jump scares, grey scale for the scenes brought a dreary and hopeless feeling and sound effects that added to the creepy feel of the antagonist. This movie had all that I expected but didn’t completely deliver on what was enticed at the beginning though it didn’t end on a happy note which is a must for me so I give it 3 1/2 Claws.

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  1. It sounds like this had promise but then failed to deliver. I find that seems to happen with some horror films. I probably would see it to draw my own conclusion. Good review, Hank!

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