With The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs as his first three major films, and the last of these was way back in 2002, M. Night Shyamalan set a standard, in terms of quality and entertainment value, that he has struggled the bring to his films since then. The Village (2004) Lady in the Water (2006) and The Happening (2008) all met with less than favourable reviews from both critics and the public.

Thankfully Shyamalan has got back to some kind of form with Knock at the Cabin which is arguably his best film since Signs (2002).

Unlike some of Shyamalan’s previous films there’s no head scratching plot with this and it’s all the more enjoyable for that.

Plot wise your best to know as little as possible, so no spoilers here. The basic premise is whilst vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her parents (Jonathan Groff and Ben Aldridge) are taken hostage by four armed strangers (Dave Bautista, Abby Quinn, Rupert Grint and Nikki Amuka-Bird) who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, unsurprisingly there’s no phone signal, the strangers set about trying to convince their three captives that only they can stop the end the end of the world

Helped by a terrific cast, Bautista is a stand out and proves that there’s more to him than what we have seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, Shyamalan has crafted a film that’s tense, moving and a terrific piece of cinema.


Knock At The Cabin

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Kristen Cui, Abby Quinn and Rupert Grint

UK/US Release: Cinemas 3rd February 2023