Keanu Reeves to Star in Psychological Thriller ‘Knock Knock’ for Eli Roth

By April 4, 2014

It’s easy to pick on Keanu Reeves for his “surfer dude” style of acting, but the guy undeniably knows his stuff when it comes to filmmaking and he’s clearly doing something right. The actor made his directorial debut last year on an enjoyably cheesy martial arts film called Man of Tai Chi, and he also recently hosted a documentary called Side by Side that compared the schools of thought between those who make movies on film and those who prefer digital. Now it appears that Reeves is going to headline another small budget project, this time for horror director Eli Roth.

Deadline reports that Reeves has committed to star in Knock Knock, a psychological thriller written by Roth that the Hostel filmmaker will also direct. The story follows a happily married family man (Reeves) who’s home alone for the weekend when two gorgeous girls show up on his front door and turn his life upside down. Those “femme fatale” characters will be played by Lorenza Izzo (an actress who is very familiar with Roth, having worked on his cannibal film The Green Inferno, Aftershock, and the director’s Netflix series “Hemlock Grove”) and Ana de Armas (“The Boarding School,” Hands of Stone). Ignacia Allamand, who also starred in The Green Inferno, will play Reeves’ character’s wife, while producer Colleen Camp and Aaron Burns will also appear in the film.

It may come as a surprise to those who follow the industry that this isn’t a Blumhouse project (what with the contained location and seemingly low overhead costs), but Roth had been making smaller horror films for years before the company known for Paranormal Activity came into its own. Reeves hasn’t starred in anything like this in quite some time, so it should be fun to see how he jives with Roth’s indie sensibilities. I don’t know much about the actresses in this one, but it sounds like this project could be thematically similar to the “filmed at Disneyland without Disney’s permission” movie Escape From Tomorrow, which was about a family’s trip to Disney that goes wrong when the dad starts following two teenage girls around.

Eli Roth

Roth, who co-wrote the screenplay with Nicolas Lopez and Guillermo Amoedo, told Deadline that Reeves loves the story and will executive produce the movie, which starts production April 14 in Santiago, Chile.

I had a window before I promote Green Inferno, and I wanted to make a movie like Roman Polanski or Paul Verhoeven made when they were young, a classic psychosexual thriller that’s not a horror movie, but would have everyone on the edge of their seats. Getting Keanu is amazing, he’s a fine actor who is perfect for this. I feel I can have this movie ready for Toronto if I need to, and he’s catching a plane tomorrow and we’ll be fitting him for wardrobe right away.

Sounds like things are moving extremely quickly on this one, so let’s hope Roth and company can create something a bit more cohesive than The Green Inferno (read our review of that one here). At least it sounds a hell of a lot better than that pointless remake of Point Break.

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