Movie Review: DON’T KNOCK TWICE (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

DON’T KNOCK TWICE was directed by Caradog James from a story by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler and stars Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton, Nick Moran, Jordan BolgerRichard Mylan and Pooneh Hajimohammadi.

When troubled teen Chloe (Lucy Boynton) defies a local legend’s warning and knocks at the door of a long-abandoned house, she unleashes a horror beyond her darkest nightmares – the vengeance of a relentless child-stealing witch. With nowhere else to turn, Chloe heads for the country home of her estranged mother, Jess (Katee Sackhoff) – a recovering addict who is desperate to reconnect with her daughter. Now, mother and daughter must once again learn to trust each other if they have any hope of surviving the relentless force shadowing Chloe.

Knock once to wake her from the bed. Twice to raise her from the dead. The movie follows this estranged mother and her troubled daughter who are reunited and have to go up against this mysterious witch and the supernatural entity that she unleashes upon her victims. Nobody believes Chloe to begin with, including Jess, but as more unexplainable and haunting occurences and disappearances happen, Jess begins to see that her troubled daughter is telling the truth. The two try to find a way to release Chloe from the curse but once Jess enters herself fully into the game, the mother and daughter duo ultimately find out that there’s no escape from this supernatural evil.

First of all I’m a big fan of Caradog James’ previous sci-fi feature The Machine and when I first started reporting on this followup I was immediately curious about it to see what he could bring to the horror genre. I thought the story for Don’t Knock Twice was okay and the movie itself felt like an urban legend was being unleashed upon these characters. The movie treats the witch as this urban legend of sorts but as it all plays out the nonbelievers find out that she’s all too real. The movie has both a witch and supernatural force in it that the characters have to go up against and it’s a grim outcome for anyone who knocks twice on her door.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. Each disc features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Don’t Knock Twice was a good supernatural creeper but there wasn’t really anything special about it. While the story stalls with mediocrity, it’s the other ingredients in the movie that salvage it. Caradog James is a great storyteller and did a good job with what he had to work with. There’s also some impressive cinematography to go along with his direction. There’s also the talented cast led by Katee Sackoff and Lucy Boynton who play the two female leads in the movie. Sackoff has come a long way since her days on Battlestar Galactica and she delivers a strong and emotional performance here. For this to be a low budget production, Don’t Knock Twice also features some impressive special effects – both practical and visual. So, when you combine a mediocre story with some strong ingredients, the end result is a pretty solid supernatural creeper worth checking out.  Don’t Knock Twice is now available on Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack as a Walmart exclusive and will be available everywhere else on August 1st.

Distributor: Scream Factory and IFC Midnight

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: There’s not a lot of extras included on this release but we do get a nice making-of featurette and theatrical trailer.

  • Making-of Featurette (13:30)
  • Theatrical Trailer (01:43)

 

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