A mother and her estranged daughter are stalked
by a powerful demon and her ghostly human slave.
Don't Knock Twice (2016)
Directed by Caradog W. James
Written by Mark Huckerby and Nick Ostler
Starring Katee Sackhoff, Lucy Boynton, Nick Moran,
Richard Mylan, Pooneh Hajimohammadi, Jordan Bolger
So many low-budget horror flicks bleed together these days. They all have elements of the same story, and it really takes something special to push certain ones out of the bunch and shine a spotlight on them. Don't Knock Twice isn't one of those. It's the usual dull ghost flick with a hint of demon that makes no waves, features no memorable performances, and lacks a decent enough story to break even. Long story short, it's a boring movie.
Katee Sackhoff plays recovering addict Jess, who is trying to win back custody of her teenage daughter Chloe (Boynton). During this semi-interesting custody battle and attempted reunion, Chloe and her friend Danny (Bolger) summon a ghost from a haunted house. It's edited so poorly that it feels like the ghost was just shoved in as an afterthought, and frankly if the focus had just been on Jess and Chloe's relationship, it would've been a better movie. There's so many opportunities for a good psychological thriller, but instead the filmmakers opted for Baba Yaga, or maybe not, it's not too clear until the end. The red herring is wildly unnecessary.
Don't Knock Twice is destined to be part of a Wal-Mart $9.99 five-movie deal with four other movies as shitty as this one. It's dull, the scares are predictable, and the story is unnecessarily complex just for the sake of trying to be special. But it's not special, it's forgettable, and I'm probably the last person who will bother to talk about it.