“The Night They Knocked”: Fun in a mountain house is over in this home-invasion horror

"The Night They Knocked": Fun in a mountain house is over in this home-invasion horror

Home invasion film The Night They Knocked (2020) centers on a group of friends staying at a reclusive mountain house who have their fun suddenly interrupted by a knock at the door. A plot that for decades has been used several times in titles like The Last House on the Left (1972), Funny Games (1997), The Strangers (2008), You’re Next (2011), and the recent Becky (2020). And this time, although we have in hands a small budget independent film, the result is a crossover between a home invasion thriller with classic slasher horror attractive enough to make it enter into the list of notorious movies in the subgenre.

In the heart of the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, a group of college students staying in a secluded vacation home enjoy one last weekend together before graduation. In what was intended to be an idyllic weekend getaway, the drama between friends and a brooding sibling rift threaten to send the weekend spiraling out of control. Just when it seems like tensions are at their peak, a knock at the door propels the night into mayhem and brutality as a pair of homicidal maniacs besiege the home with bats and box cutters.

The Night They Knocked (2020) is the new movie written and directed by Sean F. Roberts Jr., the man behind the thrillers The Wicked Ones (2013) and Traffickers (2015). The main cast is formed by Linnea Gregg, Jack Buckley, Maggie Shirk, Mickey Roberts, Christopher Pickhardt, Rachel Donahue, Robert Barnes, and Deirdre Koczur.

The movie has been part of the festivals New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival and Unrestricted View Film Festival where it was nominated for Best Film. Here you can watch its official trailer via Terror Films.

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