Plot: Chloe (Lucy Boynton) is a troubled teen who rejects the reconciliation attempts of her estranged mother, Jess (Katee Sackhoff). Her mom was an addict who did what she thought was best for Chloe at the time, but of course her daughter’s perspective is fresh and in the moment. After she hears about an urban legend that involves the spirit of a dead witch, Chloe has to see if the rumors are true and knocks twice on the door of the house. The first knock will wake up the sleeping witch, the legend days, while the second will wake her from the dead. As she soon discovers, the legend is no rumor and now Chloe finds herself stalked by this supernatural presence. With no other options, she heads to be with Jess and hopes to leave the strange events behind her. But as the two try to forge some kind bond and mend the wounds of the past, the presence of the witch keeps popping up. Can Jess and Chloe somehow survive the witch’s onslaught, or will they simply be the next victims of the legend?
Entertainment Value: Don’t Knock Twice is torn between stories and unable to focus on either one, both wind up rather ineffective. On one side we have the mother/daughter reconciliation narrative, on the other we have the supernatural horror slant as the spirit haunts the two. Given the marketing involved, you might think this is all about the horror, but that’s not the case. A lot of time is spent on the relationship between Jess and Chloe, little of which pays off in the big picture. I suppose the added conflict of a shaky relationship makes things a little more tense, but the writers don’t make use of that or make the two stories weave together. The horror side is passable, with some jump scares and creepy moments, but not much substance behind the shocks. I did like some of the visual effects however, as well as the dark, dreadful overall visual design. The cast is fine, but doesn’t have a lot to work with. I wanted to like this one, but in the end, it proves to be fairly bland and forgettable. Not terrible by any means, but nothing I imagine I’ll want to revisit. If you’re an urban legend superfan or just love Sackhoff though, its worth one watch.
No nakedness. A few scenes involve some bloodshed, but they’re not graphic or overly violent. A throat slash happens off screen, then we see the blood run from the covered wound, stuff like that. Aside from some mild foot trauma, its just minor instances of the red stuff. The dialogue isn’t bad, but it is just kind of run of the mill writing and does little beyond the basics. No memorable exchanges or even one off lines, just decent, but forgettable dialogue across the board. While the creepy witch is fun when we do get to see her, the movie never feels out of control or even on the fast track. A slow, back and forth narrative jaunt that doesn’t want to rock the boat and seems content to be seen and never thought of again. So no crazy points, as Don’t Knock Twice does nothing to make itself stand out.
Overall Insanity: 0/10