A Knock at the Door (Short, 2016)


A Knock at the DoorStarring Drew Jenkins, David Sullivan, Kelley Mack

Written and directed by Katrina Rennells, Wendie Weldon

Whether you live in a sprawling city or out on the middle of nowhere, we all dread hearing knocks on our door in the middle of the night. We never know who or what might be waiting for us on the other side. Katrina Rennells and Wendie Weldon decided to play upon this basic human fear with their new short A Knock at the Door, and whilst it runs for just under eight minutes, it’s likely to permanently stop you from opening up after hours when a stranger comes a’knocking.

Nick is a lonely homeowner who fantasies about having all his friends over to party, when in reality he’s on his own (aren’t we all?). He desperately wants some excitement in his life, but gets more than he bargained for when he hears a bloodcurdling scream coming from his neighbor’s house late at night. The same neighbor who earlier refused to acknowledge him, as if he was nothing more than a lowly ant. He doesn’t have too long to ponder on what he might have heard, however, because he then gets a knock on his door…

I won’t spoil what happens next, but I will say that what transpires is pretty damn messed up. All the more so because Nick isn’t a bad guy and we don’t want to see him receive any form of comeuppance. He’s just a lonely guy who wants some company. Which he gets, just not in the way he expected.

A Knock at the Door also reaffirms the long standing belief that less is more, because despite its short runtime, and despite taking place almost entirely in one location and only having a small cast, it still piles on the chills big time. Definitely look out for this on the festival circuit later this year.


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