M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin looks terrifying.
By Joshua Jones | published
A new intense look at director M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock on the hut has been released online. The upcoming horror film is about a family of three who is taken hostage by four strangers while vacationing in a remote cabin. The strangers demand that the family make the ultimate sacrifice to prevent the apocalypse.
Knock on the hut stars Dune and Blade Runner: 2049 actor Dave Bautista. Also in the cast is Mindhunter’s Jonathan Groff and Harry Potter former student Rupert Grint. The film will hit theaters on February 3, 2023.
Knock like the cab is based on the horror novel of 2018 The cabin at the end of the world by author Paul G. Tremblay. In the story, a couple named Andrew and Eric and their adopted daughter are taken hostage by four strangers while on vacation. The kidnappers demand that one of the family members be killed by the others to avert the apocalypse.
Discussing Tremblay’s story, legendary horror author Stephen King said he found the novel “thought-provoking and terrifying.” Andrew Liptak of The Verge also seemed to have a strong, positive response to Tremblay’s novel, saying the author has “written a story that is a stark reflection of the times we live in.” Shyamalan read a screenplay adaptation of Tremblay’s novel and immediately became interested in developing Knock on the hut.
Shyamalan would later rewrite the script and get fully on board with the project through his two-picture deal with Universal Pictures. Together with Knock like the cabhis other movie deal with Universal included his 2021 thriller Old. Shyamalan has stated in interviews that the script for Knock like the cab was the fastest he had ever written in his career.
Casting for Knock like the cab was announced from December 2021 to July 2022. As for the casting of Dave Bautista, Shyamalan mentioned the actor’s performance in Blade Runner: 2049 why he wanted to add him to the project. Bautista stars as a character named Leonard.
In addition to his upcoming appearance in Knock like the cabBautista also stars in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 3 for disney. The actor said in multiple interviews that the following guards film would be his last appearance as Drax the Destroyer.
Bautista also plans to reprise his role as Glossu Rabban in director Denis Villeneuve’s. Dune: part 2. Villeneuve was at the helm of Blade Runner: 2049. Bautista’s appearance in Knock like the cab and in Dune certainly makes him one of Hollywood’s most sought-after actors now.
As for M. Night Shyamalan, Knock like the cab could be another win in an impressive series for the director. It wasn’t that long ago that critics and fans weren’t so happy with Shyamalan’s work. The director has revived his career after making the 2015 horror film The visitors.
Now the question is whether Knock like the cab will impress the audience. The premise sounds interesting, but we’ve seen many projects with interesting premise fail in the past. Hopefully this project can capture the imagination of many people and continue Shyamalan’s triumph as a horror director.