Movie Review: ‘Don’t Knock Twice’ Is A Creepy Horror Film

“Knock once to wake her from her bed. Knock twice to raise her from the dead.” Don’t Knock Twice is a genuinely creepy horror film with a touching subplot of a mother trying to reconnect with her estranged daughter. Both aspects are a little clichéd and the ending feels rushed with a weak attempt at one final scare, but I enjoyed it overall as few movies give me chills.

Katee Sachoff (Battlestar Galactica) plays a mother to a teenage daughter (feel old?). Jess (Katee) had to give up her daughter, Chloe (Lucy Boynton, who is roughly 14 years younger than Katee according to IMDb, so don’t feel too old yet), at an early age due to substance abuse. Now, after getting her life back on track, with a stable relationship and a worthwhile career, Jess desperately wants her daughter back in her life. But Chloe is not at all interested in forgiving her mother.

Chloe’s stance softens when she and her boyfriend foolishly test an urban legend unleashing a witch’s wrath on themselves. Spoiler, her boyfriend doesn’t last long and his final scene is a perfect example of how creepy and clichéd this movie is. From the strange noises to the ominous voice to the harmless jump scare, the whole scene has the ability to send chills down your spine.

Thinking she’ll be safe, Chloe moves back in with her mother, giving Jess hope for a reconciliation though Chloe tries to hold onto her anger. It isn’t long before Jess is drawn into the horror and the two are forced to work together to solve a mystery and save their lives and/or souls.

The movie is a little slow to start, but the action and terror starts to pick up once Chloe and her boyfriend ignore the title warning, knocking twice on a door they really shouldn’t be anywhere near. Overall, the acting is worthwhile and the special effects are top notch. If you like horror films, you’ll probably enjoy this one.

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