What: Knock at the Cabin
Premiere date: March 24, 2023
Inspired by Paul Tremblay’s novel The Cabin at the End of the World, M. Night Shyamalan’s Knock at the Cabin reimagines the psychological, post-apocalyptic thriller and lures you into its own twisted Sophie’s Choice. The film was met with mixed reactions, but it’s an exhilarating watch nonetheless. If you’re ready to watch another of Shyamalan’s decisive flicks, here’s everything you need to know.
Where can I watch Knock at the Cabin?
Knock at the Cabin will exclusively stream on Peacock(Opens in a new tab) starting March 24.
What is Knock at the Cabin about?
A family of three, Eric (Jonathan Groff), Andrew (Ben Aldridge), and their 7-year-old daughter, Wen (Kristen Cui), are vacationing in a cabin in the woods. Like many films set in the middle of nowhere, the trio’s vacation takes a dark turn when four strangers show up at their door.
Led by a mysterious man called Leonard (Dave Bautista), the frightful foursome informs the family that one of them needs to die to stop an imminent apocalypse. As Eric and Andrew grapple with this forced sacrifice, we’re left questioning whether or not the apocalypse is actually real, who Leonard really is, and who among these people is actually going to have to die.
Knock at the Cabin also stars Rupert Grint, Abby Quinn, and Nikki Amuka-Bird.
What have people said about Knock at the Cabin?
On the film, Mashable’s Kristy Puchko writes, “For maybe two-thirds of this movie, I was deeply invested. I was drawn in by this peculiar conundrum, where a family is caught between an impossible choice and an implacable gang of eschatological fanatics. The question of whether these harbingers are right or delusional not only sucks us into the plot, but also places the audience firmly into the camping boots of Andrew and Eric — bound to our chairs, helpless to do anything but listen and watch as horror unfolds.”
However, Puchko warns, “Those who read Tremblay’s book may think they know what will happen next, but the script by Shyamalan and co-writers Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman radically diverts from the source material around the halfway mark. Without spoiling the film’s twists, I can report that these massive changes not only impact the story’s conclusion but also its very message. And on this journey, your mileage may vary depending on how much of a believer you are.”
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