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Everything We Know About The Knocking

Here's everything we know about The Knocking, a new horror film directed by Matt Leslie and Stephen J. Smith. The filmmakers teased the movie back in June 2020, and recently completed a 19-day shoot that involved COVID-19 safety protocols. The Knocking marks the feature directorial debuts for both Leslie and Smith.

Leslie and Smith are best known in the horror community for writing the 2018 film Summer of 84. The ensemble cast features popular performers like Rich Sommer (Mad Men) and Tiera Skovbye (Riverdale), along with future Stargirl co-lead Graham Verchere. Directed by three different filmmakers, the 106-minute thriller received mostly positive reviews, though some critics pointed out that Summer of 84 capitalizes on the nostalgia trend that has driven so many teen-oriented narratives of the late 2010s.

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Summer of 84 was the first co-writing feature project for Leslie and Smith, which suggests that The Knocking will have a tighter script. For indie horror fans, all the available information about the duo's new project suggests that it will indeed be worth the investment. Here's everything we know about The Knocking.

The Knocking Cast

Doug Jones as The Man: Doug Jones is best known for his creature/prosthetics acting in Pan's Labyrinth (Fauno/Pale Man), Hellboy II: The Golden Army (Abe Sapien/Chamberlain/Angel of Death), and The Shape of Water (Amphibian Man). He recently portrayed Saru in Star Trek: Discovery and Baron Afanas in What We Do in the Shadows.

Alexis Knapp (above) as Lydia: Alexis Knapp portrays Stacie in Pitch Perfect franchise, and has also appeared in Project X and So Undercover.

Shiloh Fernandez as Cy: Shiloh Fernandez portrayed Peter in Red Riding Hood and David in Evil Dead. He recently appeared as Trevor in Euphoria.

Zelda Williams as Blair: Zelda Williams is the daughter of the late Robin Williams. She portrayed Frankie in Were The World Mine and voiced Kuvira in The Legend of Korra.

Christine Ko as Maggie: Christine Ko portrayed Angela in Tigertail and Mandy in Upload. She also appeared as Jessie Nomura in Hawaii Five-0.

The Knocking supporting cast includes Christopher Backus (Mindhunter, Big Little Lies), Ser'Darius Blain (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, The Last Full Measure), Neil Brown Jr. (SEAL Team, Straight Outta Compton), and Shakira Barrera (GLOW, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).

The Knocking Story

Back in June 2020, Leslie and Smith teased The Knocking's storyline (via Knight Light: A Horror Movie Podcast). Based on their comments, the male lead will be forced into a proverbial Deal with the Devil in order to not only save his life, but also his relationship.

In early September 2020, The Knocking received an official logline (via Variety):

The Knocking Release Date

As of now, The Knocking doesn't have an official release date. If filming ended during the summer of 2020, then post production will presumably take up at least the early fall. Expect The Knocking to release by late fall 2020, however it's certainly plausible that the final editing process can be completed rather quickly in time for a pre-Halloween release date.

The Knocking Trailer

Leslie and Smith haven't released a trailer for The Knocking, however they'll most likely unveil production still and teaser clips in late September 2020, or certainly before Halloween.

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