Choices. We all make them. Sometimes they are the right ones, and other times, with them come consequences. Some we can handle, some that can direly affect our lives in a big way.
This is what I took away from this horror remake from filmmaker Eli Roth. Unless you're a major film geek you probably had no idea there had even been an original film. But alas, there was. In May, 1977 a low budget horror/thriller entitled "Death Game" was released. It starred Colleen Camp, Sandra Locke, and Seymour Cassel.
The plot is quite simple: A family man is left home alone when there's a knock at his door. Two seemingly stranded, attractive young women are in need of shelter, the man is kind enough to invite them in, they seduce him and he has one night of indiscretion and infidelity with them both. Afterwards he realizes he made a grave mistake as these two young women proceed to wreak violent and dangerous havoc on this man's life.
The remake stars Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, and Ana de Armas. The remake sticks pretty closely to the general plot. It does have its updates as far as technology goes. And in my eyes, that is what also plays a part in the downfall of the ending. I won't give anything away, however, if I could say one thing to Eli Roth himself I would tell him that the film would've been stronger without the last few minutes of the picture. Had it been left more ambiguous, it would've been more effective and less cheesy (and not good cheesy).
There were of course very small moments of cheese here and there in the movie, but they were tolerable. It lost me at the end though. I felt it was completely unnecessary. Other than that I felt the rest of the film was deliciously intense and erotic...well, with the exception of one other moment later on that became disturbing and cringe worthy enough to churn my stomach a bit. But hey, it was effective! So kudos to Eli for bringing the sick and twisted as per usual!
The main theme I did take from not only the original picture but this remake was that certain choices carry with it extremely heavy, sometimes, dire consequences! One could even argue that this flick could fall into the Basic Instinct/Fatal Attraction category! Both were moral tales and taught the male gender quite well to always be careful with whom you get involved with sexually.
Knock Knock Movie Review
by Phillip Wilcox "Our Movie Demon"