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What Is The Song In The Knock At The Cabin Trailer?

The trailer for the new M. Night Shyamalan flick has officially dropped, and oh boy does it look like the supernatural cinematic maestro is set to deliver another twisty, sinister treat cut from the same ominous cloth as "The Twilight Zone." The film is called "Knock at the Cabin," and it finds Shyamalan adapting Paul Tremblay's award-winning novel "The Cabin at the End of the World" alongside co-writers Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman. And if you've caught up with the trailer, you know it tells the harrowing tale of an idyllic family vacation that becomes a home-invasion nightmare when an armed group of strangers takes the protagonists hostage.

The catch is, those strangers claim they're trying to prevent the end of the world, which they can only do by presenting the family with an impossible decision. Needless to say, the trailer (which features the likes of Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Rupert Grint, and more), is a taut and at times terrifying glimpse at the horrors to come in "Knock at the Cabin." Of course, it doesn't start that way. In fact, the opening moments of the trailer are positively jubilant as the soon-to-be besieged family jams out to a funky little tune in the cozy confines of their car. This is the song they're getting down to in the "Knock at the Cabin" trailer.  

Boogie Shoes was an enduring hit for KC and the Sunshine Band

As M. Night Shyamalan announced via a 2022 Twitter post, he was out to give "Knock at the Cabin" a slightly vintage look by utilizing camera lenses from the 1990s during production. Seems he wanted to go a little bit retro for the film's trailer too, soundtracking its early moments with a funky hit from the disco era. That hit is none other than "Boogie Shoes," which was recorded by KC and the Sunshine band for their eponymous 1975 debut album. 

Fans of KC and the Sunshine band would be quick to tell you "Boogie Shoes" was not the first, or even the biggest hit to emerge from that album, with "That's The Way (I Like It)" and "Get Down Tonight" both hitting #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. And as it was, "Boogie Shoes" was initially only released off the album in 1976 as the b-side to another of the band's all-time hits, "Shake Your Booty."  In fact, you'd have to fast-forward yet another year before "Boogie Shoes" finally got its due, with the song gaining traction after earning a spot on the hit machine that is 1977's "Saturday Night Fever" soundtrack.

In the end, even that era-defining soundtrack couldn't push "Boogie Shoes" past the #35 spot on the Billboard charts, where it debuted in February 1978. In the decades since, however, the song has become one of the best-loved in the KC and the Sunshine Band vaults. It has become a bit of a pop culture staple too, earning plays in countless films, TV shows, and commercials. It even got the full "Glee" treatment circa 2015 in a clip which, wait for it, features "Knock at the Cabin" star Jonathan Groff ... though it's unclear if Shyamalan is aware of that little crossover.