Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Knock, Knock (2007)

One of the most used sub-genres in the world of Independent Horror is the slasher movie. For some, all you need is a lot of gore, nudity, a masked killer, and voila! You have a slasher movie. The problem though, is that so many of these movies are pretty much terrible. I'm sorry, but it takes more than just gore and a few neat kills to make an interesting slasher movie in my opinion. Case in point, Joe Ariola's (*snicker*) 2007 film "Knock, Knock."

The plot is nothing you haven't seen before: A group of friends find themselves being knocked off one by one by a hulking masked killer. So, it's up to retired detective Mike (Antonio Mastrantonio) and rookie detective Billie Vega (Kim Taggart) to find out who it is.

There is one thing that stands out in "Knock, Knock." One is the gore effects. Long story short: they're fantastic, with intestines, impalement, and much more all being offered in graphic, grisly glory, and not at one moment looking bad (save for the poor make up job on the killer.)

And that's all that stands out. Sure, the gore is effective and realistic, but the kills are all done to the point of overkill. Sure, you kill a guy, but do you really need to saw off his limbs and head afterward? Everything else about the movie is really bad. The score is your textbook "we did this at home" affair, and the direction is all over the place, with all the slow motion screams, red tinted images and more I've come to expect.

Worst of all is the acting-if you could call it that. Look, I'm aware that slasher films are not known for Oscar caliber performances, but everyone here is awful, and everyone here has dreadful characterization, particularly Mike and his granddaughter Nikki (Joli Julianna.) All we know about their relationship is that he's a really hard worker (he didn't even attend his son's funeral), and that she's mad at him for it.

I could go on and on, but yeah, there's nothing here you haven't seen before, and done much better in the past. Rent "The Burning" or something like that instead of bothering with this.

Rating: 2/10

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