Knock, Knock (2007)
Plot: When somebody starts picking off youngsters at Tyson High School — in gruesome ways linked to their parents’ vocations — detective Mike Soto and his pretty partner, Billie Vega, are on the case. The school’s dim-witted, lecherous janitor soon becomes a suspect, but all is not what it seems this gory spine-chiller.
My Review: I didn’t have many expecations going into the movie. It was on Netflix to stream, and most of the horror on there to stream is actually pretty bad. Its all low budget crap. This was a low budget movie but the camera angles and look of it didn’t give that “filmed in a backyard” look. A look that I cannot stand…in fact, usually when I see a movie filmed that way, I seriously consider shutting it off. That’s how much it gets on my nerves. If a movie has bad writing on top of that look, and then bad actors, forget it. The movie is doomed.
The writing in this is pretty bad. “Some kids said they saw you looking at them when they left the field” ah, so now its against the law to look at someone…cause if you look at them and something happens to them, you’re the first suspect?!?! Haha. Nice. I’m sure that a lot of the writing wouldn’t have seemed so bad if the acting had been better.
Troy, the slow janitor seems to be the #1 suspect. Wait a second I thought his name was Tommy? Another point the movie failed on – getting to know any character and care about them. It was one of those movies that you never really get to learn the characters names. Anyhow, back to Troy…he’s the #1 suspect yet he’s a completely different size then the killer. Okay, the cops don’t know that, but the viewer does, so its sorta wasted time.
One scene I thought didn‘t fit at all, was when Troy’s playing guitar in his bedroom to heavy metal music… just 10 minutes before we saw him playing with dolls acting very childish…this guitar scene with him smoking, it just doesn‘t fit with his mentality.
They then bring in a new suspect, but I’m not sure how they ever thought of this guy. Just all of the sudden they start talking about this guy and his kids and their backstory. Either poor writing or I wasn’t paying attention. Shame too, because it does end up having to do with a lot of stuff.
As for the killer, I know I’m overly into a movie when I’m racking my brain trying to figure out who the killer is, and with this movie, I wasn’t. I didn’t bother wasting time thinking of who the killer could be.
Gore/FX: The killers mask looked like discolored wet toilet paper stuck to his face. The deaths weren’t anything special…or all that creative, but at least they used real makeup effects. I’m so sick of computerized shit. The locker room kill was interesting and a few others were after that scene, but nothing mind blowing.
Sexual Content: One pair of giant boob cleavage, and a shot of another pair naked.
Acting: The acting is pretty bad. Not to mention all the actors are horribly too old to play teenagers in high school. They should have found people who looked like teenagers, or changed the script so they were college students. In one scene they said someone was supposed to be 16, like seriously? The guy looked to be in his late 20s! I know a lot of movies have older people play teenagers, maybe this was more brutal because of their horrible acting. Also, the reactions of the parents as they find their kids dead is just painfully bad once again. There is just no emotion behind it at all. Even though the acting was that bad, I’ve seen worse.
Overall: Gore doesn’t make the movie (although it helps), and that is pretty much all this movie has. The writing is pretty bad, the acting is horrible, and the plot is so-so. I’d skip it unless you get a kick out of that sort of thing. I was slightly entertained, and I’ve seen a lot worse so two stars for this isn‘t all that bad.
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