A remote cabin, sinister strangers, and a message to save the world.
M. Night Shyamalan recently posted a tweet announcing that his apocalyptic horror film Knock at the Cabin (2023) has officially wrapped, and he said, “this one really changed [him] as a person and an artist.” This feature film adaption of Paul Tremblay's psychological horror novel The Cabin at the End of the World (2018) is set to release early next year. Shyamalan has written and directed all manner of horror films and this won't be his first venture into the apocalypse. We all remember the less than well-received and underrated eco-horror film, The Happening (2008).
Shyamalan is a director known for mind-bending films such as Split (2016) and classics like The Sixth Sense (1999). He will once again be working with Servant (2019) star Rupert Grint and Old (2021) star Nikki Amuka-Bird. Other well-known names such as Dave Bautista, Ben Aldridge, and Jonathan Groff are joining them, making for quite the stacked cast.
Very little is known about the film as they keep the plot details under wraps. Tremblay’s novel won the Horror Writers Association's Bram Stoker Award for in 2019 and follows a young girl and her parents vacationing at a remote lake cabin in New Hampshire, where they meet a group of strangers with menacing weapons who say they need their help to save the world. As of now, it doesn’t seem to be a supernatural story with ghosts or demons, as are many of Shyamalan’s films, but rather a suspenseful thriller.
For the first time since 2016, Shyamalan has decided to collaborate with a cinematographer other than Mike Gioulakis and will instead be working with Jarin Blaschke, who photographed The Lighthouse (2019), The Witch (2016), and The Northman (2022). Similar to Shyamalan's film Old, Knock at the Cabin will also be shot on 35mm film, using lenses from the 1990s in order to give the film a classic 90s thriller look. Filming took place in Burlington, New Jersey with Universal Pictures producing.
Knock at the Cabin looks to be a promising scare with a great cast. With the film in post-production and an ominous teaser trailer with foreboding knocks sounding, the only thing we know for certain is the film's release date. Shyamalan’s twist on classic cabin horror is sure to be full of surprises.
Knock at the Cabin will release theatrically on February 3, 2023.