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SOMEONE'S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR
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Reviewed by: Pat Torfe

Directed by: Chad Ferrin

Starring:
Noah Segan
Andrea Rueda
Ezra Buzzington
Elina Madison

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What's it about
A group of medical students venture into a mental institution to partake in their part-time drug habit. Problem is, one of the drugs that they consume sends them on a psychedelic trip. This in turn disturbs the ghosts of John and Wilma Hopper, a pair of dead serial killers from the 70s whose claim to fame was killing people by f*cking their victims to death with their deadly organs of love. Oh yeah, even though they're dead, they've still got them. Lube up and get it on.

Is it good movie?
'Really?! What the f*ck?!'

I said that so many times during the film that I lost count. I couldn't believe someone like writer-director Chad Ferrin had the balls (sorry) to come up with a concept that you'd initially expect to be from Japan. SOMEONE'S KNOCKING AT THE DOOR is a sort of throwback to psychedelic horror from the 70s, mixing in drug-induced hallucinations by the characters along with some pretty disturbing sexual violence that I'm surprised came from a former Troma employee (okay, I'm not that surprised). But with all that going on, does the film take a backseat? Drop your linen and find out.

The first thing that struck me (other than seeing both male and female full frontal nudity within the first 5 minutes) was the acting. Noah Segan is the protagonist once again, and runs with the role of Justin. The dude plays the hippie wannabe quite well, justifying his lifestyle as an excuse for being a junkie. This of course leads into the whole mental degradation of the character, which was interesting to see. Props also to Ezra Buzzington and Elina Madison, not only for their undeniably creepy performances as the killers, but also willing to do it all predominantly in the buff! In fact, the entire cast does a remarkable job for an indie flick. Keep an eye out for the Joe Pilato cameo, too.

The other thing that got me was the whole psychedelic vibe, even though I'm not exactly a big fans of it. Often times, I found the films that went this route ended up becoming annoying and often ruining the experience. Here, it's not bad, as Ferrin manages to keep things flowing nicely without getting too sidetracked in the whole 'trippiness' of the film. It reminded me at times of Rob Zombie's HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, minus the self-indulgent masturbation session Rob went into once his film got going.

The film does start to lose its grip once things started to come to a head. For one, the look of the film doesn't play too well into the psychedelic aspects, as everything's too 'clean' looking. Plus, mixing the exploitation aspect with the psychedelia doesn't gel at times, which treads close to the 'like it or hate it' realm. Also the subject matter, while original, isn't for everyone. It's juvenile and could be offensive to some people, but really, what'd you expect from someone formerly of Troma?

One everyone had their after sex smoke, I was on the fence. On the one hand, you don't see people getting killed by monster wangs and vagoos often, but on the other hand, the mix of psychedelic horror and exploitation doesn't completely work, which becomes all the more apparent once the ending rolls around. It's not terrible, but it's not the best of the recent exploitation films, either. It's simply a niche film, and for those looking for something to fill their own niche of unique exploitation, try knocking.

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The Extras
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Last Call
The acting and originality are sharp, but the choice of psychedelic horror mixed with gross-out exploitation is confusing, to say the least. Fans of Troma could glean some enjoyment from this, as will anyone interested in seeing unconventional horror. Everyone else is a 'try before you buy'.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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