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The Knocking is a 2022 horror film about three adult siblings who travel to examine their late parents’ house in the middle of a forest.
Written, directed and co-produced by Joonas Pajunen and Max Seeck, making their feature directorial debut. Also produced by Jukka Helle, Esko Rips, Markus Selin and Hanna Virolainen. Executive produced by Niko Derome.
The Finnish-Estonian Solar Films production stars Pekka Strang, Inka Kallén, Saana Koivisto, Mikko Leppilampi, Olga Temonen, Linnea Skog, Ville Pidätys and Niko Saarela.
“The Knocking leaves a bittersweet taste in the mouth. With an idea with quite a bit of potential, it hasn’t played out as well as it could have. Although correct, it would have been much more interesting to take the course of the final stretch much earlier and deeper. Still, it’s a decent film debut that hints at the possibility of a promising future for its directors in horror movies…” 6.5 out of 10, Cinemagavia
“The dysfunctional relationship between the estranged siblings is initially built up quite exciting. In flashbacks, we experience the less-than-harmonious childhood and youth of the main characters. In the switch from crime drama to supernatural horror, however, many interesting ideas are then lost. The work becomes a spookfest about forest spirits that tends to miss the finer nuances.” 3 out of 5, Spielfilm
“Perhaps the best, surprisingly, is the ending. The resolution is funny, and it’s quite a poetic image. And when there are elements of terror (which there are) it doesn’t work badly at all. It’s not bad for a first film, let’s hope that his team brings us more tasty things in the future.” 3 out of 5, Terror Weekend [translated from Spanish]
In the UK, The Knocking will have its theatrical premiere at FrightFest on August 25 and 27, 2023. It will be available on Digital platforms via Blue Finch Film Releasing on September 4, 2023.
Cast and characters:
Pekka Strang … Mikko
Inka Kallén … Maria
Saana Koivisto … Matilda
Mikko Leppilampi … Lawyer
Olga Temonen … The Mother
Linnea Skog … Young Maria
Ville Pidätys … Ferry Driver
Niko Saarela … The Father
Kristian Stierncreutz … Young Mikko
Taavi Oad … Mechanic
Janina Berman … Old lady
Hilma Temonen … Young Matilda
Ergo Küppas … Police officer Eerikäinen
Vootele Poll … Forest ranger
Marie Anderson … Claudia’s daughter
Marek Nõmm … Waiter
Sanna Särekanno … Claudia
Ene Pappel … Gas station cashier
Sanne Anderson … Claudia’s daughter
Maria Tennof-Salman … Female police officer
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