Horror is one of the most versatile genre’s out there with so many sub-genre’s you could spend all day listing them. One of my faves, which could probably be listed as a sub-sub-genre under ghost stories, is urban legend films. These could be well known urban legends like Slenderman, unique originals like Candyman, or small stories like the new release Don’t Knock Twice.
Jess (Katee Sackhoff) is a sculptor with a complicated past who is trying to retrieve custody of her estranged teenage daughter Chloe (Lucy Boynton). After Chloe and her boyfriend challenge an urban legend by knocking twice on the door of an abandoned building thought to have once been home to a witch, her boyfriend is hunted down and disappears. Chloe, fearing for her safety, flees to stay with Jess and her husband Ben (Richard Mylan). But when Ben leaves for a business trip, the spirit begins to terrorize Jess and Chloe. Jess must find out more about the legend if she is to find a way to stop it from claiming the life of her daughter.
Don’t Knock Twice is a very effective little horror movie that stands out from other films by focusing on the story and characters while still retaining some solid scares along the way. Katee Sackhoff is excellent as the distraught mother who finds herself getting a second chance with her daughter only to have it jeopardized by a supernatural force. Lucy Boynton is also excellent as the teen pursued by the force she wrongfully taunted. The film has a nice atmosphere, some cool understated effects, a great story arc and a great ending. For something that has more to it than your average horror fare, check out Don’t Knock Twice, it is definitely recommended.