If you were curious where all the sexuality had gone from most modern horror films, writer/director Eli Roth is bringing it back with Knock, Knock. Starring Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas as two stunningly gorgeous psychopaths who test the fidelity of a married man – played by Keanu Reeves – the film portrays seduction very much like suspense. As the evening escalates and the stakes deepen, the two young ladies transition from siren to psychopath.
Fresh from Roth’s last film, The Green Inferno, Lorenza Izzo is joined by the adorably beautiful Ana de Armas. We had the chance to sit down with the two ladies to discuss the art of seduction – as well as how to make Keanu Reeves uncomfortable before the cameras even start rolling!
You got to step into the role of what’s traditionally a male horror villain. You also got to emasculate Keanu Reeves. How does it feel, as actresses, to step into this genre?
LORENZA: I think to play with such conflict and deep, traumatic insanity is always fascinating. And to bring into the mix these three actors! I couldn’t have done it with without the chemistry that I had with Ana and Keanu. It’s a movie that falls completely on our shoulders.
ANA: It was so much fun just going from little girls to pure psycho!
What was more fun? Playing the sexy vixen, damsel-in-distress? Or the crazy psychos in the kitchen?
LORENZA: I had fun at everything! The play is what you enjoy the most. When Belle is dancing is with Keanu, it’s one of my favorite scenes – and then with me and [Ana] in the window and we’re slapping our butts!
Each of you does comedy, so you already have that physicality. Especially early in the movie when Eli builds his sexual tension along with horror-movie tension. How did you work together as a team in those scenes?
ANA: That’s my favorite scene in the movie. When we’re all in the living room, playing around. Like musical chairs. He doesn’t know what to do! Keanu is shy and feels uncomfortable. He’s not open about talking about his life in general. So we were really pushing him to the limit, playing with him and touching him and whispering things to him before the scene. He was REALLY uncomfortable. It really worked.
Did either of you have any kind of backstory to your characters? Why they entrap this male prey. Or was it a general Girl Power thing?
ANA: We knew that these girls were broken, that somebody in the early years had abused and traumatized them. And with that, sometimes, that’s all you need to know. They’re surely looking for the guy who says, “No.” Were you not happy with your wife and your family? Are we bad? Or are you?
When a devoted husband and father is left home alone for the weekend, two stranded young women unexpectedly knock on his door for help. What starts out as a kind gesture results in a dangerous seduction and a deadly game of cat and mouse.
Knock Knock is in theaters and On Demand as of October 9, 2015.