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Knock Knock is a 2015 horror film by Eli Roth starring Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo, and Ana de Armas. It is a remake of the 1977 film Death Game, and not only was most of the cast and crew of Death Game involved in the production of this film, one of Death Game's stars, Colleen Camp, had a cameo in this film.

The film revolves around Evan Webber, an architect married to a successful artist with two children living an idyllic life. When his family goes on holiday without him (due to Evan having to catch up on work), he's greeted by two young women named Bel and Genesis on his doorstep who ask for shelter from the rain. Evan lets them in, sealing his fate. The two girls then force themselves on Evan before telling him that they're both only 15 and that they now have complete control over his life. Powerless, Evan is forced to take whatever punishment the girls deem appropriate.

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  • Alpha Bitch: Genesis is clearly the brains of the operations and the one who planned the whole thing.
  • Alternate Ending: Evan shows up at the girls' doorstep as they are working on another unfortunate victim. The looks on their faces are more than justified.
  • Ambiguous Innocence: Evan really shot himself in the foot when he had sex with Bel and Genesis. To be fair, he was pretty much coerced into it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Bel and Genesis grow more and more violent as the movie goes on.
  • Badass Beard: Evan, though his moments of badass are few and far between. The alternate ending shows him with a longer beard and coming across as much more badass.
  • Brainy Brunette: Genesis is The Chessmaster with Bel as her accomplice.
  • Chained to a Bed: Evan is restrained while Bel rapes him the second time.
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  • The Chew Toy: Evan. After having the threesome with the girls, when he wants them to leave, they threaten him saying that they are underage, tie him to a bed, and Bel rapes him. Then they vandalize and smash Evan's wife's sculpture, tie him up with a hose, bury him in a hole in his backyard, leaving his head above ground, upload the video of him getting raped by Bel to his Facebook profile, and then depart, taking his dog with them, just in time for his wife and kids arrive home to the entire house ruined.
  • Cleanup Crew: The girls call a guy they know to get rid of Louis's body after they kill him.
  • Damsel in Distress: Bel and Genesis present themselves as this at first.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Punishing infidelity with humiliation and possibly death.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male: A major part of the film. The scene where Bel and Genesis seduce Evan is clearly rape, as he repeatedly tells them "no" while they take his pants off and fellate him. According to the girls, they can't be charged with rape since he eventually gave in. Plus, they claim to be underage so he would get in trouble himself (although it eventually turns out they lied about their age).
  • Ephebophile: The girls accuse Evan of this the morning after.
  • Ethical Slut: Subverted with Bel and Genesis. They believe that they're in the right for what they do to Evan (though it's debatable if they're putting on an act to justify their destructive urges).
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: The girls cut Evan's hair because they know he'll hate it.
  • Faux Affably Evil: The girls act chipper and upbeat while doing some horrible things, acting like ruining a man's life is little more than a game to them.
  • Freudian Excuse: Bel mentions being sexually abused by her step-father.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Evan's family are all blond and at all times nice people.
  • Humiliation Conga: The girls vandalize and smash Evan's wife's sculpture, tie him up with a hose, bury him in a hole in his backyard, leaving his head above ground, upload the video of him getting raped by Bel to his Facebook profile, and then depart, taking his dog with them, just in time for his wife and kids arrive home to the entire house ruined.
  • Ignore the Fanservice: You just know Evan's saying this to himself when he first meets those girls.
  • I'm a Man; I Can't Help It: Evan tries fending off the girl's advances, but as soon as they start fellating him, he jumps into bed with both of them.
  • Jail Bait: Bel and Genesis are actually 18 and 22. They lied about their ages to keep the police out of the way.
  • Karma Houdini: Bel and Genesis get away with everything, although the video they posted online could be used to track them down. Considering that the girls decided to spare Evan, odds are he is in more than the perfect position to set things straight. The extended/alternate ending indicates that this is exactly what happens.
  • Latino Is Brown: Averted. Both Bel and Evan's wife are from Spain, but both have blonde hair and pale white skin. Both of Evan's half-Spanish children are also blondes.
  • Looks Like Jesus: Evan. He's lean, with a beard and mid-length hair. It's both fitting, considering the crap he goes through, and ironic, given that the mess started with him having sex with two women.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Bel and Genesis are both quick to get naked.
  • Murder Is the Best Solution: Punishing infidelity with humiliation and possibly death.
  • No Guy Wants to Be Chased: Evan, especially because he's married.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: When Genesis and Bel try their charms on Louis, he sees right through them.
    Louis: Bitch please! You're barking up the wrong tree. I’m from Oakland! I recognize skank-ass bitches when I see them!
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: A major part of the film. The scene where Bel and Genesis seduce Evan is clearly rape, as he repeatedly tells them "no" while they take his pants off and fellate him. According to the girls, they can't be charged with rape since he eventually gave in.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Probably intentional, as the girls seem to be lying about their backstories anyway.
  • Pedo Hunt: When you're a married man who has just been coerced into sex with two girls who may be underage and are destroying your life, no amount of explanation on your part is going to make you look like less of a victim than those two girls.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite all the horrific things they do, the girls never harm Evan's dog. They even seem to like it so much they steal it when they go.
  • Plenty of Blondes: There's only three brunette characters in the whole movie.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Bel spends the bulk of the movie behaving like little better than a child.
  • Questionable Consent: The sex scene. We know Evan's the victim, but no-one in-universe does.
  • Rape as Backstory: Bel mentions being sexually abused by her step-father.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Even though Bel and Genesis were the ones who came onto an non-consenting man, they use their age to make him look like the bad guy in all of this.
  • Rape, Pillage, and Burn: Though nothing gets burned; Bel and Genesis rape Evan and pillage his house.
  • Remake Cameo: Colleen Camp, who plays Evan's physical therapist Vivian, was one of the stars of Death Game, the 1977 movie of which this one is a remake.
  • Right Through His Pants: When Evan manages to get free and knock Bel off him, he's completely covered by his underpants.
  • Sequel Hook: The film's alternate ending has Evan tracking down the girls to their latest victims' house, ready to dole out a little revenge.
  • Sex Slave: At one point, Evan is tied to his bed while Genesis films Bel having sex with him.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Bel and Genesis get away with ruining a man's life with no-one who could testify in his defense. They presumably move onto their next target to start the whole thing over again. Although if the Alternate Ending is taken as canon, their life-ruining days may be numbered.
  • Shower of Love: Though "love" is being used liberally here.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Bel and Genesis reveal that they've been keeping an eye on Evan's family for a while, which explains how their arrival could be so well-timed when Evan's family was out of town.
  • Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: Averted. When Bel and Genesis reveal they've been stalking Evan for some time, it's played as seriously as possible.
  • Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Evan. It's Keanu Reeves after all.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Bel and Genesis are dark, twisted variants of this.
  • Threeway Sex: Evan, Bel and Genesis engage in one, though it begins as nonconsensual.
  • The Unfair Sex: Invoked; Bel and Genesis use their status as attractive women and claim to be underage in order to make Evan look like the bad guy even though he got raped.
  • What You Are in the Dark: Subverted. While Evan did give in to temptation, it took a lot of coercion from the girls.
  • Wig, Dress, Accent: The alternate ending reveals that Bel and Genesis were both wearing wigs that they swapped when they moved onto their next victim.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Justified with Evan, as he's dealing with two psychotic intruders who just happen to be girls.

Alternative Title(s): Knock Knock

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