Don't Knock Twice (2016) Movie Review

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Don't Knock Twice (2016)

2016 | R | Horror
93 minutes / 1h 33min

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Don't Knock Twice Plot Synopsis:

The sculptor Jess unsuccessfully tries to retrieve the custody of her teenage daughter Chloe. During the night, Chloe and her boyfriend Danny play a prank challenging an urban legend: and they knock twice on the door of the witch Mary Aminov. Soon Danny is hunted down by a fiend and vanishes. When Chloe is haunted by the evil spirit, she flees to the house of her estranged mother and her husband Ben to stay with her mother. Soon the demon finds her and haunts the house while Ben is traveling. Jess' model Tira sees darkness around Chloe and she researches the Internet about the mystery. Meanwhile Detective Boardman is investigating the disappearance of Danny and suspects Jess is manipulating her troubled daughter.

Don't Knock Twice (2016) Review

Don’t Knock Twice (2016) is a 1h 35 min rated R American drama horror film that was shot in Wales, UK. Director Caradog W. James (The Machine (2013), Little White Lies (2006), Plastic Wolves (2003)) executed his third full-length movie marvelously well without much experience under his belt. Caradog dramatic, scary movie, Don’t Knock Twice is full of suspense, frightening moments, jump scares and some unique twists throughout the film. The combination of family drama and horror works nicely together if done right and in this case, it was done right. I smile as I write this because who would have thought that a family’s drama revolving around horror or horrific tragedies will be something that is enjoyed by millions around the world because it makes a great horror story. With all said, I cannot help but feel that this movie borrowed several parts from other films, cliche - yes but that does not take away from an enjoyable experience.

Don’t Knock Twice revolves around Jess (Katee Sackhoff - Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), Longmire (2012-2016), Oculus (2013), Riddick (2013)) who longs to reunite with her daughter Chloe. Jess was forced to put Chloe (Lucy Boynton - Sing Street (2016), Ballet Shoes (2007), Rebel in the Rye (2017), The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2015)) into foster care about nine years ago but that is not even the bad part of it. Chloe was marked by an evil/devilish force which comes in the way of Chloe and her mom reuniting, there is also her mother’s troubled past.

The supernatural mystery in this film was the weakest part of the movie. All of the actors gave us exceptional performances, especially our mother and daughter duo. I felt all sort of emotions towards the mother-daughter team as they fight the unbeatable entity. The visual storytelling was excellent as well as the direction style of the director, developed characters, sets, special effects, sound, and cinematography. I did not like the evil entity and how it looks because it was not done right, so I rate it below average. Overall, I would recommend all horror fans to see Don’t Knock Twice.

  • Don't Knock Twice Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.05
  • IMDB: 5.1
  • MetaCritic: 4.5
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.4

About Don't Knock Twice 2016

Title: Don't Knock Twice
Year: 2016
Runtime: 93 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.53/5 stars from 9,561 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9,561
MPAA Rating: R
Don't Knock Twice Cast Starring: Javier Botet, Katee Sackhoff, Ania Marson, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, David Broughton-Davies, Melissa Woodbridge, Michael Lindall, Lucy Boynton, Nick Moran, Callum Griffiths, Richard Mylan, Gabriel Trimble, Jordan Bolger, Celyn Evans, Broughton Davies David, Megan Purvis, Pascale Wilson, Sarah Buckland, Lee Fenwick
Don't Knock Twice Writers: Mark Huckerby, Nick Ostler
Don't Knock Twice Director: Caradog W. James
Production: Red & Black Films
Language: English
Country: UK