Director Naisha Maran (from left), Ben Eldridge, Dave Battista, child stars Kristin Choi and Jonathan Groff attend the New York premiere of "Knock Knock"

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[Reporter Xu Shiying/Taipei-New York Connection Interview] The new horror film "Knock Knock" written and directed by the talented director Naisha Maran is adapted from the best-selling original book "The Cabin at the End of the World" by Paul Tremblay. He said that he only wanted to be a producer at first. But I was deeply attracted by the concept in the book, "This is a sad and beautiful story. I also hope that the inspiration comes from myself, but Paul has already come up with this genius concept first." Straight said In addition to empathizing with the subject matter, it also has a precise and profound understanding of the central theme.

Jonathan Grove (from left), Ben Eldridge and child star Kristin Choi attend the New York premiere of "Knock Knock"

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The film describes four strangers who foresaw the catastrophe at the same time, insisted that they obeyed God's will, broke into the log cabin, and forced the family to choose to sacrifice one person, otherwise the end of the world would come.

Naishamalan said that he has always liked stimulating stories, "the kind of concept that I tell a stranger, and the other person's eyes light up and they want to keep listening and thinking about it. Maybe I walk into a party and say After coming out, everyone will be thinking about what happened in their heads."

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Jonathan Grove (right) revealed that Naishamaran was very concerned about the audience's feelings when directing "Knock Knock".

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Naishamalan described "Knock Knock" as a modern-day Bible story, "This film reflects my current feeling, as everything that is happening in the world doesn't look good, it makes people feel bad, but I think we are moving towards the right direction." We are working hard together in the same direction." He hopes that through the experience of the family in the film, the audience can experience a macro biblical story, "like the horror film version of "Sophie's Choice."

Ben Aldridge (from left), Kristin Choi and Jonathan Grove are coerced by strangers including Dave Battista in "Knock Knock."

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Emmy nominee Jonathan Grove and Ben Aldrich's husband, and daughter, played by Kristin Choi, become a coerced family in the film. Jonathan revealed that Naishamalan is very concerned about The audience's feelings, during the rehearsal, he will explain the feelings and perspectives he wants to bring to the audience, "As a director, he knows very clearly the direction he wants to direct, just like a puppeteer, manipulating people into the story."

In the film, Jonathan and Ben have different views on human nature. Compared with Ben's cynicism, Jonathan is full of hope.

Jonathan believes that this can lead the audience to explore issues of faith, trust, family and sacrifice.

The two paired up in the play, and they also share the same goals outside the play because they are both gay actors.

Jonathan said it was unbelievable to be able to play a gay role in a mainstream Hollywood movie directed by Naishamalan, "This would never have happened 15 years ago, in a movie that is fun, funny and scary." It’s a very rare opportunity to be yourself.”

Ban believes that gay representation is important in every way, "We need to be able to see ourselves in the art we choose to look at. This is how we understand ourselves and understand people in the world who are different from us." way, I think representatives can change and influence the world in a positive way.” Jonathan also said that with the progress of the times, he was able to ride this wave, “This is the result of previous efforts, and we will continue to Go ahead." "Knock Knock" has been screened in Taiwan.

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