Eli Roth Set To Direct Horror Film ‘Knock Knock’

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Eli Roth may be best known for his 2005 hit Hostel and its sequel, but the horror auteur has made a concerted effort to keep busy since leaving his signature franchise to rest.

In recent years, Roth has focused largely on appearing onscreen in films like Inglourious Basterds and serving as a producer on releases like The Last Exorcism films and The Man with the Iron Fists as well as Netflix’s hit werewolf series Hemlock Grove. Back in 2013, The Green Inferno - Roth’s first directorial effort since the 2007 release of Hostel: Part II - toured the film festival circuit ahead of a U.S. theatrical bow in September this year, and now it looks like Roth is ready to jump into the director’s chair once again.

According to The Wrap, Roth has signed on to direct a new horror film entitled Knock Knock. The filmmaker also wrote the project with Nicolás López and Guillermo Amoedo, the duo with whom he co-wrote disaster film Aftershock. The plot of Knock Knock centers on two young women who seduce a married man and turn his perfect life upside down.

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At this point, it’s unknown if Knock Knock will have some kind of supernatural twist or if the film will play out as an obsession thriller in the vein of Fatal Attraction. Given Roth’s previous work, it’s a good bet that the two women who propel the film’s story aren’t all that they seem. In addition, it’s possible that Roth will also act in the film, as he has in nearly all of his directorial projects.

Knock Knock is expected to carry a production budget of just $10 million; while that number is merely a fraction of major Hollywood releases, it represents the high end of what Roth’s films typically cost to make. While The Green Inferno hasn’t gotten a whole lot of studio attention thus far, it’s possible that Knock Knock could receive more widespread distribution.

However, this new development does raise the question of where several of Roth’s previously discussed projects currently stand. He remains attached to the re-imagined Dracula tale Harker and has repeatedly talked up Endangered Species and Thanksgiving (the featured based on his Grindhouse faux-trailer) in the past. Are those latter two projects officially dead?

Are you excited that Roth has another film on the way, or would you prefer he shift his focus elsewhere? Let us know in the comments section below.


Knock Knock is set to begin production in April. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for the latest updates as this story develops.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. Not got the hype around this dude, he has made like 1 good film in his numerous attempts an that was “Cabin Fever”. The “Hostel” franchise is just boring torture porn, just never enjoyed his work.

    • I feel exactly the same way.

    • @ Christopher Wilson

      + 1000

      I’m constantly baffled when I see Roth’s name attached to projects.
      His directing, writing, and acting are all horrible IMO but for some reason he’s a busy guy.
      I just don’t get it.

      • Glad I’m not the only one who sees it! He could make a good film if he went back to working the way he did on “Cabin Fever”. As for past attempts they are yawntastic!

        • My problem with him is that his idea of horror is to throw as much gore at the screen as possible in an attempt to shock and push boundaries and honestly, I don’t know whether I’ve become desensitised to that or whether it’s something else entirely but I get bored with a movie that uses gore as a crutch and hate it as much as I hate James Wan’s over-reliance on things popping out and saying “boo!” in every one of his movies.

          I’d like someone in the horror genre to become a huge name and do it by using actually scary things like creepiness and using atmosphere and tension instead of buckets of gore and sudden loud noises or things appearing out of nowhere. Those things don’t make a movie scary, they make them boring, which is why I wonder if actual horror fans really do like movies like Hostel and Insidious because I can’t imagine they would, their popularity seems more to do with hipsters and mainstream, casual audiences that haven’t seen actually scary horror movies before.

          • Couldn’t agree more, this modern culture of Gore being Horror is SO boring, I mean don’t get me wrong I enjoy a good Gorey flick, like a Slasher with a some a fair amount of blood. However, Slasher does not mean Horror. I agree with the release of Saw I would say that we are more desensitised to the Gore, it is just a lazy way of making a Horror film these days.

            They never release on building the suspense, like when you watch “Carrie” 1974, you feel uneasy at times when the suspense is building and building. That was a main flaw (among others) with the remake it was just boom have some blood, boom watch stuff move. There was no build up to make you think “ohh s*** she moves stuff with her mind!”.

  2. “WHO’S THERE ?”

  3. Saw aftershock recently, was dreadful. Doesnt bode well for this if its the same 3 guys writing

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  5. Sounds like 1977 is calling…. they want their movie back…

    “A businessman whose family is away on his birthday picks up two young girls. He takes them to his house, where they seduce him. Afterwards, however, they tie him up, torture him, trash his house, and then kill a delivery boy. ”

    Death Game starring Sondra Locke. This did freak me out a little back in the 70s…

    • Nice catch. The synopsis sounded familiar to me, too. This has to be a remake of Death Game, especially given Camp’s involvement. Better to re-release the original.