This week, the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest horror-thriller Knock at the Cabin was released. For those of you not in the know, M. Night Shyamalan is a well-renowned director and writer known for making films like The Sixth Sense and genuinely creepy Signs, but also surprisingly grounded in a believable reality. All of his movies require you to use your imagination to leap into “the place between reality and disbelief” to fully enjoy them. What’s even more interesting about the trailer is that Shyamalan himself directed it, so folks are speculating if this will be as good as his other work. It’s also worth noting that this new film was produced by Marc Bienstock. It’s not every day that a new horror movie witters off the press, but Knock at the Cabin is slated to land in theatres on February 3, 2023. After seeing this new trailer, it appears that there’s more to this story than meets the eye. The first impression makes it seem like a typical horror film that will feature creepy characters and monsters from another plane coming to terrorize unwitting humans inside a closed space.
Who is in the cast?
- Dave Bautista as Leonard
- Jonathan Groff as Eric
- Ben Aldridge as Andrew
- Nikki Amuka-Bird as Adriane
- Kristen Cui as Wen
- Abby Quinn as Sabrina
- Rupert Grint as Redmond
The film is scheduled to be released on February 3, 2023, in the United States by Universal Pictures.
What is the film about?
Knock at the Cabin tells of a family who is vacationing at a remote cabin in Pennsylvania and is kidnapped by four strangers. Their captors demand the family make the ultimate sacrifice to avert the apocalypse. What’s interesting about that is that all signs point to this being a regular, albeit well-directed, horror movie with all of the expectations that entail. The trailer focuses on one character and implies that she is going to have some sort of dream or vision regarding the impending apocalypse. It also doesn’t seem like much of the movie will take place at the cabin where they are being held captive either. The title of the film, “Knock at the Cabin” makes it sound like somebody will be coming and going from there a lot.
What does the trailer show?
The trailer shows a lot of people in distress and being threatened with violence. It also implies that the family is being held at gunpoint or by other threats. Perhaps the scariest aspect of this trailer, however, is that it takes place in a cabin in the woods where anybody can pop up at any time and use one of many tools that are lying around to hurt somebody. If you’re going to be setting your next film somewhere isolated and old, you better put your audience on edge because leaving out those details makes it seem like there isn’t much tension or suspense to work with. It also doesn’t help when the characters aren’t very likable either. The trailer also highlights something that seems like it’s not directly connected to the plotline of the film though – it shows what appears to be a meteor flying through space.
What makes this film interesting?
This film could have some interesting elements to it that people might overlook when seeing the trailer for the first time. The implication is that things are not as simple as they appear on the surface and there’s more to the story than we see in this trailer. We’ve seen a lot of crime thrillers lately that feature a few murders by an unknown killer and they almost always end up being found out in due time. It would be nice if Knock at the Cabin was one of those dramas that featured a shocking revelation in its final act rather than having the reveal be something we already saw coming.
Who can watch this film?
Knock at the Cabin is a big-budget horror film that has a lot of potential to be good or bad. It’s not as if horror movies can’t be great every once in a while or that they also need to be cheap because that’s how people usually use them as a release after seeing some terrible movie. If you want to see something with more story and fewer subpar effects, this might not be the time for you.
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