Don't Knock Twice (2016)

R   |    |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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A mother desperate to reconnect with her troubled daughter becomes embroiled in the urban legend of a demonic witch.




  • Katee Sackhoff and Lucy Boynton in Don't Knock Twice (2016)
  • Nick Moran in Don't Knock Twice (2016)
  • Nick Moran in Don't Knock Twice (2016)
  • Don't Knock Twice (2016)
  • Katee Sackhoff in Don't Knock Twice (2016)
  • Katee Sackhoff and Lucy Boynton in Don't Knock Twice (2016)

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5 February 2017 | begob
| Meh
A troubled teen is released into the custody of her estranged mother, but a demon from the past comes back to wreak deadly havoc.

Dramatic horror with a completely incoherent mythos, but an iron determination to ramp up the tension in every scene. The daughter's peril is introduced immediately with the urban myth key to the plot, then we switch to the mother's predicament, and nothing is normal or easy going - every scene infested with unsettling '80s synth. It ends with flash-back reminders of how the plot is supposed to make sense, culminating in a clumsy twist.

The mother is well played, with good emotion in her regret at being inadequate yet loving. The detective is poorly played, and there's hardly any point in the character of the husband. The initial feel is London soap opera, and at various points tributes to The Shining, Ju-On, and Time Bandits.

There's one interesting sequence in the photography, when the cliché of ghost passing in the background is repeated three times - otherwise it's ordinary. Bad judgment on the music, but it fits the story telling style of constant huffing and puffing to maintain interest.

Overall: meh.

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