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In Knock Knock, the new thriller from Eli Roth, the filmmaker trades in the gore for a little psychological terror. Keanu Reeves stars as a devoted husband who makes the major mistake of giving into temptation. And what a temptation he has thanks to the absolutely stunning Ana de Armas and Lorenza Izzo. During the junket for the new film, we sat down with the director to talk social media and what it was... Read More »
Keanu Reeves has touched once or twice in the past on why he elected not to star in 1997's ill-fated Speed 2: Cruise Control. The movie, which saw director Jan De Bont and co-star Sandra Bullock move the series forward, was a notable dud. And whilst there's occasional talk of Speed 3, nothing ever happened. Speed 2: Cruise Control was a bona fide franchise killer.
Reeves' new film, Knock Knock, is finally getting a Us release. Eli Roth directed the movie, which appeared in the UK earlier this year. As part of his promotional work for the movie, Reeves appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in the Us, and talked about the Speed sequel.
"I didn’t get to be in that", he recalled, adding "well, I decided not to be in that".
"I loved working »
Eli Roth is notorious for his very gory, overly sexualized, and campy horror films. This makes the new clips from his latest film Knock, Knock all the more intriguing, as these scenes look pretty innocent, and yet, they worry us for what's to come.
The film stars Keanu Reeves as a husband and father who is left home alone for the weekend. He wouldn't be your usual target for a home invasion, but that's what makes this project so interesting--not only is Reeves the one who is being targeted, the invaders are two young, seemingly harmless girls played by Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas.
In the clips, we see that the girls have raided Evan's (Keanu Reeves) fridge, and are quite barbaric when it comes to having breakfast. They also use their allure to tempt to Keanu, who is pigeon-holed into a position where he can't quite fight the girls or force them out. »
- Adriana Floridia
This Friday, Eli Roth’s latest foray into the genre world, the sexually-charged thriller Knock Knock, arrives in theaters and on VOD courtesy of Lionsgate Premiere. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas and was co-written by Roth, Nicolás López and Guillermo Amoedo.
Knock Knock follows Reeves’ character Evan after he helps out a pair of stranded women (Izzo and de Armas) one fateful night and succumbs to their wiles; this turns out to be the biggest mistake of Evan's life, as his new friends have some sinister plans for this unfaithful spouse and set out to teach him a deadly lesson that could cost him everything and everyone he loves.
At the recent press day, Daily Dead had the opportunity to chat with Roth about some of the thematic elements at work in Knock Knock, how the film was a huge departure for him after »
- Heather Wixson
In Eli Roth’s latest film, Knock Knock, Keanu Reeves portrays Evan Webber, a loving husband and father who makes a fatal mistake one weekend while left home alone to his own devices. Two young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) show up one night, lost and looking for help, and Evan comes to their rescue. Thinking their meeting is just an innocent coincidence, he soon makes the mistake of succumbing to temptation and when he tries to get his visitors to leave the next day, both ladies take exception to Evan’s rudeness and enact their own twisted revenge on him.
During the recent press day for Knock Knock, Daily Dead had the chance to speak with Reeves about his role in the film and what initially drew him to the project. The iconic actor also discussed working with Roth as well as his co-stars Izzo and de »
- Heather Wixson
“It’s finally time for me to make a movie without blood,” joked Roth about his step away from the slasher genre. The director also noted that this was the first time he had two projects showing in theaters at the same time. His 2013 cannibal flick “The Green Inferno” was also released in September.
“I figured, ‘Green Inferno’ is my mic drop and afterwards I didn’t know where to go from there,” he said. “I wanted to do a movie that was psychological.”
- Mannie Holmes
As was revealed during the summer, the Netflix Gods have not been kind to Hemlock Grove, with chief content officer Ted Sarandos confirming that Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman’s jet-black series would come to an end after its third and final season later this year.
Truth be told, the network’s decision to renew the show for a sophomore outing was surprising enough, but the Eli Roth-produced drama began to find its feet throughout the course of season 2, and now, with a finish line in sight, Hemlock Grove is ready to take fans toward “some dark and unexpected places” with a relentlessness that has become something of a signature for the supernatural series.
Lifted once again from Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, today’s trailer ramps up the shlock horror to 11, all the while teasing a sense of closure for the denizens of the titular, »
- Michael Briers
Plot: Family man Evan Webber is seduced by two young women who show up on his doorstep one dark and rainy night. Eager to forget the infidelity, Evan quickly realizes the girls aren't as finished with him as he is with them. Review:i knew there was a possibility Eli Roth's Knock Knock was going to be sorta hokey, an over-the-top guilty pleasure, but I wasn't prepared for just... Read More »
- Eric Walkuski
Welcome to the latest episode of The ScreamCast! Each episode sees hosts Sean Duregger and Brad Henderson take a look at another slice of home video horror. This episode sees the ScreamFest gang tackle a hot topic amongst the Us horror community…
This week, Brad has been in Austin raising all kinds of hell and watching an insane amount of movies. Meanwhile, Sean and Bj wait anxiously for a Fantastic Fest update that never arrives (yet…it will…soon) and we have a candid conversation about whether or not Green Inferno can save the Horror genre. A loud faction online has proclaimed it our duty to see Eli Roth’s Green Inferno in order to save our theaters from remakes, found footage and haunted house movies. Is it worth it to support a film you have no interest in seeing for the sake of a genre? We’d love to »
- Phil Wheat
There’s a popular saying that goes, “Nice guys finish last,” and that’s certainly the case for Keanu Reeves’ character in Eli Roth’s latest thriller, Knock Knock, which finds the veteran actor fighting off a pair of crazed women after a sultry night of fun that comes at a hefty price. Unlike most of his previous films, Roth subtly goes for the jugular with Knock Knock, building to a finale brimming with surreal tension and a wickedly dark sense of humor that left me both cringing and laughing.
In his first "Dad Role," Reeves stars in Knock Knock as Evan Webber, a likable and mostly happy husband and father who has been left home alone for the weekend to wrap up a looming architect project for work. One night, there’s a knock at his door from a pair of nymphets in the form of Genesis (Lorenza Izzo »
- Heather Wixson
The werewolf series that gave the phrase "growing pains" an excruciating new meaning will tell the final chapter of its blood-splattered story later this month. The full-length trailer for Hemlock Grove Season 3 has arrived, teasing the show's final ten episodes ahead of their October 23rd debut on Netflix.
"Prepare for the Final Chapter, with the official trailer for the third and final season of the Netflix original series, Hemlock Grove. All ten (10) episodes of the finale season will premiere on Friday, October 23 at 12:01am Pt exclusively on Netflix.
Hemlock Grove comes to a riveting and deliciously disturbing conclusion. As the town’s grim secrets continue to unravel at an alarming pace, Olivia (Famke Janssen), Roman (Bill Skarsgård), Peter (Landon Liboiron) and Shelley (Madeleine Martin) are introduced to mysterious new people while facing dangerous and unexpected obstacles. As enemies both foreign and familial close in, Peter and Roman learn that »
- Derek Anderson
Director Eli Roth‘s “Knock Knock,” a remake of the 1977 exploitation picture “Death Game,” sometimes plays more like a comedy than like the grungy thriller that inspired it, but that’s often all to the good. Colleen Camp, who co-starred in “Death Game,” is a producer on this version (and Roth has given Camp a funny little cameo in it), while her co-star Sondra Locke is credited as an executive producer along with the director of the original, Peter Traynor. But “Knock Knock” is very much its own movie, and Roth deserves some credit for keeping the updated narrative fairly plausible. »
- Dan Callahan
Why not just a Hocus Pocus marathon? Three people are set to be buried alive for a Halloween special entitled Fear: Buried Alive, ABC News reports. The nightmarish two-hour event will air live on A&E Sunday, Oct. 26. The brave souls will lie down in coffins — which will then be buried underground. While interred, contestants will experience "a series of escalating horrors designed to test the strength of their psyches," the network says in a press release. Horror director Eli Roth and sociologist Margee Kerr will [...] »
Read More: Netflix Renews and Cancels 'Hemlock Grove' for Final Season As "Hemlock Grove" slides into its third and final season on Netflix, Eli Roth's exercise in werewolf horror looks to serve up an expectedly graphic and sensuous conclusion in the new trailer, which promises "general gory mayhem, human harvesting, supernatural impregnation and blood bank orgies," among other terrifying goodies. The official synopsis reads: "As the town's grim secrets continue to unravel at an alarming pace, Olivia (Famke Janssen), Roman (Bill Skarsgard), Peter (Landon Liboiron) and Shelley (Madeleine Martin) are introduced to mysterious new people while facing dangerous and unexpected obstacles. As enemies both foreign and familial close in, Peter and Roman learn that in order to prevent the end of days, they will both need to sacrifice their humanity." All 10 episodes will premiere October 23 exclusively on Netflix. Read More: All the Netflix »
- Aubrey Page
The Stranger, 2014.
Written and directed by Guillermo Amoedo.
A drifter causes chaos for a young man and his mother when he arrives in their small town looking for an old flame, leaving a trail of blood in his wake.
If you were to watch The Stranger without knowing all that much about it, it would be easy to wonder why the film – a cheap slice of Canadian horror tat made by a Chilean – is even troubling these shores at all. However, under its full title Eli Roth Presents The Stranger, it becomes clear that the clout of its producer has given it a free travel pass. It’s certainly not a film that made it across the Atlantic on the basis of quality.
We are first introduced to a mysterious drifter (Cristobal Tapia Montt »
- Tom Beasley
While We’re Young: Roth’s Revisits Grindhouse Home Invasion
Genre director Eli Roth presents his first remake, Knock Knock, a rehash of a 1977 grindhouse thriller, Death Game (which starred Colleen Camp and Sondra Locke, both returning as producers), utilizing modern technology for this revamped mixture of home invasion nightmare and portrait of masculine anxiety. Entertaining as a bit of unintentional camp, Roth’s inability to reign in over-the-top antics from his wildly uneven cast members doffs its queasy sexual overtones nearly as soon as they begin to develop. Headliner Keanu Reeves, along with Roth’s own wife Lorenza Izzo, tend to run amok in a screenplay co-written by the director’s clutch of Chilean acolytes Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amodeo. Salty, overly exuberant bits of dialogue only solidify the film’s aptitude for off-putting ludicrousness, but for those inclined towards grungy, misanthropic portraits of cruel psychological games, it’s not a complete loss. »
- Nicholas Bell
Keanu Reeves jumped behind the steering wheel of a flashy sports car and put the the pedal not completely to the metal in the thrillingly safe trailer for the faux film, A Reasonable Speed, on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday.
Recalling Reeves' beloved Speed films crossed with the Fast and Furious franchise — but produced by the California Highway Patrol — the clip finds the action star and late-night host engaged in a high-stakes, low-velocity chase after a deal goes south. While props should go to Jimmy Kimmel for his asymmetrical haircut and neck tattoo, »
Keanu Reeves and Jimmy Kimmel released the first trailer for their slow-paced thrill ride, “A Reasonable Speed.” The “Knock Knock” star and the late-night host play two men engaged in some kind of illicit, back-alley deal in the parody that aired on ABC on Wednesday. When Reeves presents Kimmel with a suitcase full of money, Kimmel bolts for his nearby sports car. Reeves gives chase, but both are sure to follow the rules of the road. Even criminals have to be responsible drivers after all. See video: Keanu Reeves Gets Tied Up by Gorgeous Psychos in Eli Roth's New »
- Joe Otterson
Eli Roth’s Knock Knock is to Fatal Attraction what that film was to Play Misty For Me: an homage that expands upon its source and intersects with the zeitgeist in immensely entertaining, provocative ways. Like both Attraction and Misty, Knock Knock is a cautionary tale and a male fantasy turned nightmare: Keanu Reeves plays a husband and father who, when left alone on Father’s Day, answers the door to find two gorgeous young women (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) stranded in the rain and looking for help. He invites them in and eventually succumbs to their erotic overtures, quickly […] »
- Jim Hemphill
Master of None
Netflix has released the first official image from "Master of None," Aziz Ansari's new Netflix comedy series in which he plays a fledgling actor living in New York City. The photo shows Ansari and co-star Noel Well, but it doesn't reveal much beyond what we already know about the show - which is actually very little. [Source: Netflix]
The re-imagining of Mary Shelley's novel is set in 19th-century London where the discovery of a grotesque corpse sees an Inspector going into the dark corners of Georgian London to find the truth. Amidst the drugs, prostitution, bodysnatching and murder - something is lurking. [Source: Variety]
Fox has handed out a two-season renewal for its animated comedy »
- Garth Franklin
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