With their respective track records for torture-porn provocation and monosyllabic action-movie acting, writer-director Eli Roth and Keanu Reeves aren’t exactly synonymous with indie excellence. Yet, the two have teamed up to deliver Knock Knock, the home-invasion thriller that’s screening in the Sundance Film Festival’s 2015 Park City at Midnight section—a horror-heavy programming slate known for yielding such out-of-nowhere hits as Saw and The Blair Witch Project.
The festival’s director of programming Trevor Groth seemed pleasantly surprised to be including Roth, the controversial goremeister whose Hostel films and 2002 breakthrough Cabin Fever display unvarnished glee for arterial splatter and abject suffering. “It’s fun to have him in here for the first time!” Groth says.
Home to many of the festival’s most boisterous screenings over the years, Midnight selections typically spotlight rollicking but less prestigious genre fare. And in 2015, that encompasses everything from raunch-comedy to straight-ahead horror to unclassifiable (yet violent and typically Sundance-y) in-betweeners. READ FULL STORY