According to a post on his Instagram account, there was one moment in particular during the filming of “Knock at the Cabin” where M. Night Shyamalan had to literally leave the movie set and collect himself because things were getting too intense during the shoot.
“One week finished on #knockatthecabin such intricate performances this week,” wrote Shyamalan. “Very dark, emotional film. One take shook me up so much I had to walk away to collect myself. Hopefully you’ll feel it as well when you guys see it.”
As noted above, much of the “Knock at the Cabin” story that viewers will see when the movie premieres in February 2023 was inspired by Paul Tremblay’s “The Cabin at the End of the World,” meaning there will be some things in the film that even Shyamalan couldn’t have imagined in that twisted brain of his. For Tremblay, the Universal Pictures flick serves as a great opportunity to show the world that Hollywood doesn’t have to keep churning out cookie-cutter horror projects with storybook endings.
“I’ve had multiple producers say to me that they’re looking for horror that isn’t grim and has a happy ending, which means they’re not really looking for horror,” Tremblay told CNBC in July 2022. “‘Stranger Things’ is fun and all, but we can’t make all ‘horror’ into that,” he added. “So many of us horror fans (most of the ones I know) also find hope and comfort in the horror that is grim and challenging.”