Someone's Knocking at the Door (2009)
By: Julian on August 2, 2011  | 
DVD
Monster Pictures | All Regions, PAL | 2.35:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 2.0 | 80 minutes (Full Specs)
The Movie
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Credits
Director: Chad Ferrin
Starring: Noah Segan, Ezra Buzzington, Elina Madison, Timothy Muskatell, Vernon Wells
Screenplay: Chad Ferrin, Roham Ghodsi, Rosie Roberts
Country: USA
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Someone's Knocking at the Door is Troma alumnus Chad Ferrin's fourth horror feature, and it represents a jump in quality from his 2006 shoestring exploitationer Easter Bunny Kill! Kill!. Someone's Knocking is a peculiar film that draws from a number of sources to tell the trippy story of a group of morally bereft young people who take some drugs and are stalked by two depraved killers from the seventies.

Ray (Jordan Lawson), a drug-addicted medical student, is brutally raped and killed by an intruder. At his funeral we are introduced to his friends, all of whom are drug-addicted medical students. When two detectives (including Easter Bunny nemesis Timothy Muskatell) begin investigating Ray's murder, Ray's friends come under scrutiny, although they are telling the truth when they say that they had nothing to do with his death. The fiends responsible are John and Wilma Hopper (Ezra Buzzington and Elina Madison), two evil rapist-murderers from the seventies upon whom experimental research was conducted at Ray's medical school. Via a hallucinogenic drug the students are experimenting with, the Hoppers enter the real world to stalk and viciously kill Ray's friends.

The cover slick boasts that Someone's Knocking at the Door is 'the most depraved film of the 21st century', a big call and an inaccurate one, although like Ferrin's previous film, this can be disturbingly violent and unashamedly hedonistic. The best thing about Someone's Knocking, however, isn't the unsettling tone, rather that Ferrin is obviously working firmly in his comfort zone. Ferrin's command of the material is something that was not exhibited in Easter Bunny; it indicates maturity, and it helps form a better film. However Ferrin should be careful not to wallow too much in his excesses: although on paper it sounds worse than it is (and the graphic cover slick undersells the film as another pedestrian entry into the torture porn genre), some of the violence in Someone's Knocking is gratuitously icky, and that threatens to undermine the film.

As far as genre conventions go, Someone's Knocking is a deft blend of Cronenbergian body horror, the drugged-out reality benders of Corman and Lieberman, and the brutal rape-revenge shockers of the '70s. Co-writer/director Ferrin draws elements from all three horror subgenres but, surprisingly enough, the end product proves to be quite original, with Ferrin putting his own unique stamp on the movie. The film uses some nice tricks with sound and cinematography to maximise that feeling of unease and further blur the line between drugged-out delusion and reality.

As with Easter Bunny, the performers are a weak spot. Although Muskatell isn't playing a baddie here, the tone he uses is pretty similar to that of evil stick-up man Remington from Easter Bunny. Easter Bunny star Ricardo Gray also returns to play Joe. Although the performances by the ensemble are of a higher quality than Easter Bunny, they're still pretty average: Muskatell, Noah Segan and Jon Budinoff, the latter two young actors having had some experience with indie pictures, are the strongest. Ezra Buzzington, who played Goggle in The Hills Have Eyes remake and John Hopper in this, is completely off-your-tree deranged. His on-screen missus, a recently prolific B-movie actress Elina Madison, is similarly nutty.

I was impressed by Someone's Knocking, more so than the slightly underwhelming Easter Bunny, and I noted in my review of the latter film that Ferrin is a genre talent to watch. This is a film of some quality and originality, in spite of Ferrin's often-close observance of certain other genre films, and it proves that Ferrin is a bright up-and-comer.
Video
The picture is clear, and lapses in quality probably reflect budgetary constraints. Presented in 16:9.
Audio
Two English Dolby tracks, one 2.0 stereo, the other 5.1 surround.
Extra Features
This is a significant set, with two audio commentaries (one with Ferrin and Muskatell, the other with Ferrin and Segan) and a 50-minute behind the scenes documentary making up the bulk of the extras. Also included is a 5-minute music video for 'Say It', directed by star Noah Segan, 7-minutes of deleted scenes and a trailer for Easter Bunny Kill! Kill!.
The Verdict
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Someone's Knocking at the Door is a bona fide success for Chad Ferrin, a director who pulls no punches and makes genuine attempts, with varying success, to put his own unique spin on established horror subgenres. This isn't a masterpiece, but it's a good start: if Ferrin improves at this rate, he should be a big name in the modern cult circuit in a few years.

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