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Knock At The Cabin - What We Know So Far

Love him or hate him, you can't deny that M. Night Shyamalan is one of the most unique filmmakers in Hollywood today. In his early years, he was met with widespread critical acclaim thanks to hits like "The Sixth Sense" and "Unbreakable." After a brief dip into truly terrible territory — a la "Lady in the Water" and "The Last Airbender" — the titan of twists has found uneven footing with smaller horror flicks, which have received both love and loathing in equal measure.

For every beloved "The Visit," there's a divisive "Old." Alongside the mind-blowing "Split," there was the slightly murky "Glass." But regardless of the mixed reactions he continues to garner, his films always deserve a watch. From the unique dialogue to the genuine thrills, nobody makes 'em like Shyamalan. And now, we're all gearing up for his latest film. After making life a beach for a band of aging individuals in his previous film, Shyamalan is heading further inland with his next release, titled "Knock at the Cabin." Based on Paul G. Tremblay's novel, "The Cabin at the End of the World," this 2023 movie promises to travel down a very dark path. If you want to know more about Shyamalan's latest, here's everything we know so far about "Knock at the Cabin."

What's the release date for Knock at the Cabin?

The year 2023 is going to be an exciting time for movies — that's especially true for the month of February. In that month alone, we'll get to see Mike Lane gyrate his hips on February 10 with "Magic Mike's Last Dance," and we'll watch as Scott Lang faces the all-powerful Kang the Conqueror on February 17 with "Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania." Plus, a coked-up, 500-pound predator will murder a whole bunch of people on February 24 with "Cocaine Bear."

But before the stripping, superhero, and Ursidae action hits the big screen, you can expect to see some serious Shyamalan horror. "Knock at the Cabin" will break into movie theaters on February 3, 2023. The director confirmed the release date with a nine-second clip in October 2022, followed by a poster in November 2022 — one depicting four menacing individuals, armed to the teeth, looming outside a tiny cabin. "They're coming," Shyamalan tweeted along with the poster. "I wouldn't answer the door if I were you."

What is the plot of Knock at the Cabin?

While M. Night Shyamalan usually generates original material, he has occasionally adapted other people's works — a la the infamous "Last Airbender" and his most recent thriller, "Old." Similarly, "Knock at the Cabin" is based on a novel by Paul G. Tremblay, "The Cabin at the End of the World." Interestingly, according to CNBC, the fact that "Cabin" is based on Tremblay's book was kept secret for the longest time, presumably to prevent giving away the film's premise before Shyamalan and his producers were ready.

If you want to know the plot, the official logline reads (via Deadline), "A gay couple and their adopted daughter have their cabin invaded by four strangers who take the family captive and tell them that, to prevent the upcoming apocalypse, one of them must be killed by the others." However, there is one huge question that looms over everything — are these four people just crazy, sadistic torturers? Or do they truly possess advanced knowledge of a coming apocalypse? And if so, are they right to force this family to make the ultimate sacrifice?

Who is starring in Knock at the Cabin?

Without a doubt, the most famous actor involved with "Knock at the Cabin" is Dave Bautista of "Guardians of the Galaxy" fame. The wrestler turned actor will star as Leonard, the hulking yet quiet leader of the group that's forcing a family to make a horrible choice. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about their upcoming collaboration, M. Night Shyamalan recounted how Bautista's encounter with Ryan Gosling's character in "Blade Runner 2049" is what drew him to the actor. "I didn't know who he was at that time, and he stuck in my head," Shyamalan explained. "So when this script came, I was like, 'There seems to be the one guy who can play this giant human being and do the stillness.' So I asked Dave."

The remaining three members of Bautista's group will be rounded out by Rupert Grint, Nikki Amuka-Birde, and Abby Quinn. Grint, of course, is most famous for playing Ron Weasley in the "Harry Potter" franchise. He's also the star of Shyamalan's Apple TV+ series "Servant." Amuka-Bird also has previous Shyamalan experience, starring in the director's aging horror flick "Old," as well as projects like "Jupiter Descending," "The Outfit," and "Avenue 5." As for Quinn, she's appeared in TV shows like "Better Call Saul" and movies like 2019's "Little Women."

So who will be playing the poor family beset by armed cultists? Well, Jonathan Groff of "Mindhunter," "Hamilton," and "The Matrix Resurrections" will be starring as Andrew. He'll be taking a trip to the titular cabin with Ben Aldridge of "Pennyworth" and "Fleabag," who will be playing Andrew's husband, Eric. Their young daughter, Wen, will be played by Kristen Cui. This will be Cui's first project period, and as Shyamalan is particularly skilled with getting great performances out of young actors (think Haley Joel Osment in "The Sixth Sense," Abigail Breslin in "Signs," and Ed Oxenbould in "The Visit"), we're sure Cui will absolutely steal the show.

Who is directing Knock at the Cabin?

M. Night Shyamalan has had quite the interesting run over the past few years. Coming off a stream of serious bombs, the filmmaker resuscitated his career with hits like "Split" and "The Visit," while also offering more controversial titles like "Glass" and "Old." Now, he's bringing his unique sensibilities to "Knock at the Cabin," and he seems incredibly excited about venturing down this new, twisted path. Speaking with Total Film, Shyamalan said about the movie, "I'm drawn to things that take genres and bend them in new easy or change genres from what you thought you were watching. The architectural twist is part of the fun." So expect this home invasion thriller to go in some strange directions, as Shyamalan always has a few dastardly tricks up his proverbial sleeve.

Who wrote Knock at the Cabin?

Generally, M. Night Shyamalan writes all his scripts by himself, putting his unique stamp on the screenplays for movies like "Split," "The Visit," and "The Sixth Sense." And yes, he did indeed work on "Knock at the Cabin," adding his own signature style and tightening things, getting the script down to less than 100 pages. However, while Shyamalan rewrote the script, he wasn't the one who originally penned the screenplay. 

The first version of "Knock at the Cabin" was written by the duo of Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman. Their script landed on the 2019 Black List (a collection of the most liked unmade movies in Hollywood) before making its way to Shyamalan. The two had another script land on the 2020 Black List, "The Saturday Night Ghost Club," and they've also worked on several films that haven't hit the big screen yet, including Wes Ball's "The Time Runner" and the sci-fi script "Harry's All-Night Hamburgers." Of course, there would be no screenplay without the source material — the novel "The Cabin at the End of the World," written by respected horror author Paul G. Tremblay.

Is there a trailer for Knock at the Cabin?

In December 2022, distributor Universal Pictures released a new trailer for "Knock at the Cabin," revealing the horrors that are soon to come. The trailer shows a couple portrayed by Jonathan Groff and Ben Aldridge vacationing at a secluded cabin with their young daughter (Kirsten Cui). However, Dave Bautista's imposing and heavily tattooed figure approaches the young girl, and soon, the peaceful trip descends into darkness. Accompanied by three heavily armed companions (played by Nikki Amuka-Bird, Rupert Grint, and Abby Quinn), Bautista breaks into the cabin and informs the family that they will have to sacrifice one of their own. If they don't, the world will come to an end, and the events playing out on the TV seem to confirm his mad prophecies. Surely, it's all just a coincidence, right? But what will happen if the family refuses? While the world-saving potential of this choice remains a mystery, it's a safe bet that, in typical M. Night Shyamalan fashion, things aren't entirely what they seem.

What is Knock at the Cabin rated?

While M. Night Shyamalan is a master at creating horror, the filmmaker generally makes movies that can be appreciated by a wide range of ages. Movies like "The Sixth Sense," "Unbreakable," "Signs," and "Split" are all rated PG-13. Up until now, Shyamalan has only had one film that's rated R — "The Happening," a film about plants causing people to commit suicide — and the fact it earned the big bad R played a pretty sizable factor in the film's marketing.

However, "The Happening" needs to move over and make way, as it's no longer Shyamalan's only R-rated movie. "Knock at the Cabin" now also boasts an R, for "violence and language" (via MovieWeb). If you've read Paul G. Tremblay's source material, this should come as no surprise. "The Cabin at the End of the World" is an incredibly dark tale, and while it's not as over-the-top gory as a slasher like "Terrifier 2," the violence and torture is very disturbing and hits incredibly hard due to the emotions and stakes at play.

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