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Don't Knock Twice

Desperate to reconnected with her troubled daughter, a woman meddles with an urban legend involving a demonic witch.

 

United Kingdom
2016
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Dimensional: 
Hellish
Legend: 
Urban Legend
Psychics: 
Illusionist
Telekinetic
Wizards: 
Abjurer
5.04
Knock, knock, who's bored?
6
3.04
7.04
7.04
1
1
3
Photography
Plot
Effects
Don’t Knock Twice is a cookie-cutter, formulaic, urban legend-based supernatural thriller so cliched you get the feeling you’ve already seen it. I mean, you could tell from the title, couldn’t you? This kind of narrative structure only works on people who rarely watch horror movies, but mainstream audiences don’t revisit these flicks. They’re fast food. They’re processed cheese.
Blood coming out of a faucet, foreshadowing, hallucinations, more hallucinations, nightmares, more nightmares; everything to postpone the death scenes and anything that comes with consequences, because consequences move plots forward. With Don’t Knock Twice, it’s always two steps forward and one step back. It’s interminable. It’s frustrating.
Well, the movie isn’t all bad. It has good production value. It’s high-caliber filmmaking. It looks like a million bucks! There are several moments of tension, usually followed by good jump scares. No, it’s not all bad, but it’s predictable. It’s uninspired. It’s your typical haunted house flick. Whatever hook the film introduced is dropped pretty early and forgotten.
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