When death comes knocking–next time, don’t answer.
Chris Sheng‘s KNOCK KNOCK 2 is the latest in the found-footage genre and not an impressive one. While the film does make significant references to the most famous unsolved Hollywood Murders, the film does little to elaborate on the specifics of the cases. In the movie, a group of friends decided to tour some of Hollywood’s most infamous homes. Aiden (Aiden Cardei), Jordan (Jordan Elizabeth), and Stephanie (Stephanie Lovie) star in their feature debut.
The group spent too much time driving around and visiting in the front yards of a few of the homes. When they finally find themselves at the abandoned home, numbered 1666, where a mysterious couple was found dead. The house apparently abandoned and boarded up with an unlocked door. Curious, the four decide to enter the home and soon discovered that there are not alone in the house and that they could not easily escape. They began to hear strange noises–a baby crying, screaming and knocking–a lot of knocking.
In understanding that the intention for the film as an intensive character based suspense thriller–I just don’t see it. There wasn’t enough dialogue in the movie to allow for it. The intention to involve audiences with Cardei’s fascination with his hand held the camera, and engagement to Jordan (Elizabeth) during the first act of the film proved uneventful and not an essential buildup for the later events in the movie.
Watching as the cast travel from destination to the destination was indeed a waste of plot development time. Telling and laughing at jokes–attempting to create a stir over mundane sights and sounds wasn’t enough for suspense build-up. Notably, being freaked out by a cockroach was the most memorable incident in the better half of the film. The film would have been more successful as a short indie flick, sans the opening act and the near hour of driving from location to location in the movie.
The second half of the film benefited from the groups anxiousness in entering the last home, 1666 when it was discovered that the door was unlocked. However, once they arrived the suspense again begin to fall short. They “freaked out” at inappropriate moments while in the home and are minutely cringing. The last act was dull and failed to deliver the intended suspense or supernatural horror effect.
Knock Knock 2 is not a sequel to the 2007 film. On October 31, 2010, these friends experienced several uneventful ghost hunts until they came upon a house known as 1666–the home in which the alleged victims disappeared in, and the film footage was found miles from where they each disappeared. That footage was, unfortunately, made into this movie.