Knock at the Cabin, the new horror feature from author and director M. Night Shyamalan, has just released its first trailer. In it, a kind of cult arrives to disturb a family that spends a weekend in a cabin in the middle of nowhere.
See the trailer:
The trailer features a log cabin in a forest that stretches beyond the horizon, a couple of parents, Andrew (Jonathan Groff) and Eric (Ben Aldridge), and their daughter Wen (Kristen Cui), as a group of strangers arrive to end the peace.
Redmond (Rupert Grint), Leonard (Dave Bautista), Sabrina (Abby Quinn) and Adriane (Nikki Amuka-Bird) make a disturbing revelation: the apocalypse is about to happen and, to prevent the end of the world, one of the family members he must be killed by others; it is up to the family to choose who will be the victim.
Spooky? Well, the “hut in the middle of nowhere” premise is nothing new for the genre, with many directors drinking in the fountain of fear of the unknown that accompanies a visit to a dark place, totally far from civilization.
Since evil dead, horror fans have had a plethora of stories set in North American cabins. Among the most recent, it is worth mentioning hell hutwho plays with the clichés of the genre; A Classic Horror Filmwhich is an ode to films of the type and The secret of the cabinwhich subverts these clichés.
Now, Shyamalan wants his share of the inexhaustible lode, but he plays with a different fear, mixing the cliché location with another theme dear to horror fans: the apocalypse. Was that little girl the antichrist?
Like the director made famous by Sixth Sense loves to create plot twists surprising, we may come across something completely different from what we might think watching the trailer. Then you can place your bets, but we won’t know until the movie hits theaters.
Another option, for the more daring, is to read the book The Cottage at the End of the World, by Paul Tremblay, who was the inspiration for the film’s screenplay. The characters continue with the same name and the film version appears to be a faithful reproduction of the book, which won the 2018 Bram Stoker Awards, the highest literary award of its kind.
Knock at the Cabin is scheduled to be released on February 3, 2023 in theaters.