Knock Knock

A young woman is confronted by an insistent visitor.

Director Biography – Katie Waldron

Katie grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She went to USC School of Cinematic Arts for Film Production. She now lives in Los Angeles, and works as a researcher on a television show. She’s passionate about the environment, and if this whole writing/directing thing doesn’t work out, is going to do wildlife fieldwork like her mom use to do


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Director Statement

I grew up in a rural neighborhood outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where my bedroom had large windows without curtains, which were lovely in the day, but at night, with all the lights on, I would feel fully on display. Dark windows have always been a fear of mine, and I think are a symbol of a distinctly feminine fear of being watched while vulnerable. I also was thinking about vampire lore, and how a vampire can’t enter your home unless you give it consent. Then I started thinking about human consent and boundaries in general, and how some people take a non-verbal answer as encouragement to keep trying to have their way — until (hopefully) you emphatically tell them no. So, this little short became a sort of vampire consent fairytale.

When I was home alone one day after school, someone knocked on my door – so, being an anxious teenager afraid more afraid of social interaction than malicious strangers, I ignored it and sat at the dining room table. Then, whoever it was started knocking on the window right next to my head. I didn’t want to be seen, so I grabbed a fire poker and crept down a hallway to the back of the house and closed myself in my mom’s bedroom. I lay down on her bed, listening, when there was a knock at the window above my head. I couldn’t see who it was and just hid in a corner. I never found out who or what it was.


Katie Waldron


Katie Waldron


Matt McClung, Katie Waldron

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Santa Fe, NM native Katie Waldron (now working out of L.A.) is the director/writer/star of the short thriller Knock Knock. With a foreboding drone shot up front, the film evokes isolated winter horror, reminding the viewer of The Shining.

The scene is a secluded ski lodge. A young woman is home alone, but soon receives a nefarious visitor. Waldron uses sound expertly, ratcheting the fear levels up to a fever pitch. Through the tension and dread, the viewer wonders: will she make it through the night alive?

Nick Hennessey

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