Eli Roth’s ‘Knock Knock’ trailer: Keanu grapples with a twisted Betty and Veronica

01.26.15 3 years ago

Keanu Reeves is in a bit of a situation here.

The “Matrix” star plays the lead in Eli Roth's latest horror movie “Knock Knock,” which was just snapped up by “Cabin Fever” and “Hostel” distributor Lion's Gate at the fest for $3 million (via Deadline). The film's first teaser, which sees Reeves' character cheating on his wife with two beautiful women and then, seemingly, living to regret it, is brief but effectively ominous, though I'm hoping its gender politics don't end up feeling as icky as they do in this 30-second first look. Too soon to tell! Roth is a smarter filmmaker than he's sometimes given credit for, but given some of the negative reaction to “Gone Girl,” for example – which didn't exactly win over many feminists with its portrait of a scheming, manipulative and murderous woman with zero redeeming qualities – this certainly has the potential to ruffle some feathers.

Speaking of Roth, his last directorial effort – 2013 cannibal flick “The Green Inferno” – still hasn't been released due to problems with the film's financier, so “Knock Knock” may actually hit theaters and/or VOD first. It'll be interesting to see if this can kickstart a “comeback” for the filmmaker (not for a lack of hits but rather because he hasn't had a film released since 2007's “Hostel Part II”) and continue Reeves' recent winning streak that began with last year's “John Wick,” which did well critically and brought in over $73 million worldwide on a $20 million budget.

Watch the trailer above. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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