An idyllic household trip is interrupted by 4 strangers, every armed with an elaborate, medieval-looking weapon. The 4 demand entry into the country vacation house of Eric (Jonathan Groff), Andrew (Ben Aldridge) and their adopted daughter Wen (Kristen Cui). Having clocked the machetes and scythes, Eric and Andrew resist. However since one of many strangers is performed by human battering ram Dave Bautista, it’s solely a matter of time earlier than they acquire entry. And so director M Night time Shyamalan units the scene for a house invasion thriller with a distinction: Eric, Andrew and Wen should, they’re advised, sacrifice one member of their small household so as to save the remainder of humanity. However ought to they belief the motives of 4 people who appear to be present process a type of collective psychosis?
Tailored from a novel by Paul Tremblay, Knock on the Cabin is initially barely exposition-heavy – Bautista spends an excessive amount of time patiently explaining the plot. To his credit score, he’s a gravely persuasive presence. However because the movie’s bleak momentum builds, so does a tsunami swell of existential dread. It’s Shyamalan’s most contained and environment friendly image shortly.