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I explain the plot to Knock at the Cabin. I discuss the story by M. Night Shyamalan, the cast which contain Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, and Rupert Grint and I react to the ending of the movie as well as breakdown the books ending vs the movie!

► Knock at the Cabin (2023) Movie Review

► Knock at the Cabin’s M Night Shyamalan explains why he changed the books ending

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While vacationing at a remote cabin in the woods, a young girl and her parents are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand they make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. Confused, scared and with limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.

Directed by
M. Night Shyamalan
Screenplay by
M. Night Shyamalan
Steve Desmond
Michael Sherman

Based on
The Cabin at the End of the World
by Paul G. Tremblay

Dave Bautista
Jonathan Groff
Ben Aldridge
Nikki Amuka-Bird
Kristen Cui
Abby Quinn
Rupert Grint

Jarin Blaschke
Music by
Herdís Stefánsdóttir

Distributed by
Universal Pictures

Intro – 0:00
Grasshopper meaning – 1:54
Plot Summary – 2:15
Created a family – 3:02
The Vision/First Ritual – 3:37
Andrew and Eric beliefs – 7:18
The 2nd Ritual/Main theme of the film – 8:50
Leonard’s sacrifice 13:20
Ending Explained – 13:56
Release date theory – 17:46
Book ending vs the film – 18:44

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Avatar of @ShawnMoore117
Literally just left the theaters- this was right on Time!
Avatar of @bruh_hahaha
My first huge disappointment of the year. 😠
Avatar of @recapswithmae_music
Whew just left the theater, I enjoyed this film. It had me on the edge of my seat😮
Avatar of @imperialstats
The novel sounds way better then the movie
Avatar of @blakekeylor1421
Not knowing anything about the book, I liked the movie overall but thought the ending could have been better. I didn't blame in on M. Night though cause I assumed he just adapted the ending of the book. WOW! I was completely wrong. The ending of the book would have worked WAY better than the original film ending. Wen getting shot and killed, and both Eric and Andrew's decision to not sacrifice one another would have made for such a more jaw dropping and compelling story. Very disappointed in the movie and the screenwriters.
Avatar of @Trav2733
I just got out of the theatre. This movie was so incredibly disappointing. The acting (besides the Batista and the two who played the fathers) was awful. The plot was so dull and I had hoped there was some kind of cool twist at the end but you don’t get that. Just a bland story, no action, no surprises. Ending was so dull and lame. Save your money people. Wait till streaming.
Avatar of @ohyeahitsthatoneguy
I liked the ending, if night adapted the book faithfully, i would've left the theater in such an understandably bad mood
Avatar of @Father_Daniel
I enjoyed the film but the third act fell pretty flat. It's definitely not in his worst movies, but def not up there with his best. I'd put it somewhere right in the middle. I wish the kills were a little more impactful also. The movie was rated R but the violence was pretty tame. I Know M Night doesn't go big on Gore but each time it just cut away too fast
Avatar of @SamuelJ888
Yeah i was like no way does Batista fit through that little hole of a window
Avatar of @josefinarmr
The movie ending felt really empty, I'm glad to know how the book ends because it makes so much more sense.
Avatar of @cnory342
It was ok I wasn’t impressed I was hoping it was a twist or they were lying. (Also I didn’t read the book)
Avatar of @brooklynejohnson4805
You don’t actually know if it’s Redmond in the car or not. Shyamalan does not feed his viewers an exact narrative; he gives them breadcrumbs. You don’t actually see Redmond’s face. It’s up to you, the viewer, if you believe it was Redmond or not.
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Avatar of @brianng8350
Enjoyed the movie. Hate the book ending - too bleak and ambiguous.
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Avatar of @errolpattee1495
Film ending for sure! The book ending is too sad and seems like a cabin in the woods ending.
Avatar of @erikrondeau900
The 4th Horsemen is pestilence not conquest
Avatar of @slaterthegenius3061
How did she see a vision of her son burning in her arms when in reality she knew she was going to die in the cabin with her son no where near her
Avatar of @slaterthegenius3061
Second the sacrifice didn’t activate anything because the black lady was killed and died and then was chopped up by Batista so it was more symbolic then them actually releasing the plague
Avatar of @True-Believer616
I'm glad they changed the ending. I like the film overall but wanted to see a bit more evidence of the entity behind this chaotic ritual.
Avatar of @attackofthecopyrightbots
i hate how the trailer spoiled 75% of the movie
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The book does feel more like a stephen king kinda ending
Avatar of @michaelll
That part where they kill Redmond there's not just light that shows up behind him. There's an outline of a figure right directly behind him but you can only see it for a second.6:47 you can't really see it in this clip but it's there for one second. I didn't notice it the first time I saw it I only noticed the light but he says later in the movie that he saw a figure behind Redmond
Avatar of @dontemakesbeats123
I prefer the book ending too
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Thank you for always providing great content and I appreciate your deep dive into the movie. I actually really liked the movie. Gave it an 8/10. If I didn’t read the plot online and didnt know it was a book, I feel like the book ending would have been great on the big screen, but since I know what happened I prefer the movie ending. Also I may be reaching, but I kind of looked at Eric as a Jesus like figure because he sacrificed himself for his faith and the greater good. My only riff with the movie is that they showed too much in the trailers, but other than that it was a good film.
Avatar of @ChubbyChecker182
Baistuta would make a Great David Dunn if they ever do a remake of Unbreakable.
Avatar of @ceejeezyCGZ
Book ending for me.
Avatar of @direktive4
so God's a sadist who likes to toy with people putting them in Saw traps to guilt trip em and glorify himself (oh no, watch out for this apocalypse that i have foretold. you can stop it if you just believe i'm real and gimme a blood sacrifice), nothing new
Avatar of @justinejustice_league1857
I haven't read the book, so this is solely based on the movie. What's obvious is that M Night felt uncomfortable killing a child and depicting a gay couple being so self centered that they chose not to spare humanity.
What I did like was Leonard and Wens first meeting, it felt like a dream sequence. He brings a calmness, but you can tell he's troubled, like death coming to give a child horrible news. Leonard carries the entire film for me, love to see him in other roles like this.
What i didn't like was this family immediately being portrayed as innocent and pure. Why can't they just be chosen, why not them?. The book better portrays their imperfections, selfishness, and doubt. Perfection doesn't save humanity, it's always been faith, hope and love.
No family is perfect, theres trauma, disappointment, fights, arguments, and estrangements. But there is still love there, especially when faced with adversity. Is M Night saying this decision wouldn't be any harder amongst an imperfect family?
Andrew was a hot head who engaged another hothead at a bar. Yes the other guy started it, but Andrew didn't have to engage. You're at a full bar and there's going to be drunk people looking to start something ,simply because they can. Eric looks at Andrew like, "did you really have to say that", he's was use to seeing that side of Andrew.
But it was always in Andrew's nature to be a fighter and maintain control, being a lawyer with a sharp tongue and the alpha in the relationship.
Maybe what happened at the bar was supposed to happen. Andrew's offender never threw out any slurs or innuendos about Andrew or Eric's sexuality. Redman was just a violent drunk because his father beat the snot out of him as a child, he was taught violence.
Why is Andrew's self-doubt and paranoia never a talked about. We never talk about Andrews clear disbelief and cynicism towards God, the comment he makes about not caring if Eric preys. Andrew is clearly the one who is in control of the relationship. I loved the scene when Eric's belief is made clear and he soothes the frightened Andrew, telling him that everything is going to be ok. Trust me for once, stop trying to argue everything and have faith, that scene was beautiful too.
Also, when the group gets to the cabin they confess to not being a hate group. I honestly think Andrew just crossed paths with a drunk hothead that night. The scene with Andrew's parents was equally annoying. Andrew's mother tries to engage in conversation however she is also given the cold shoulder. Andrew and Eric had already made up their minds that the parents weren't going to accept their relationship either. Andrew's Dad is also given the straight uptight wealthy white man troupe but we're never given any dialog at that meeting. Andrew's parents are just upper class, atheists who are unloving and intolerant and maybe that's where Andrew's anger comes from as well, childhood trauma.
This is the whole point of why these sacrifices must be made from time to time because humanity is not pure.
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I would have preferred that the movie had either a more ambiguous ending like the book or that when Wen and Andrew went into the diner, everything was carrying on as usual with no signs of anything abnormal having occurred in the world.
Avatar of @MelissaMayhem99
Awesome review! Not M. Night's best work, but def in his top 5 for me.

I took the Four Horsemen thing as like inverted from the Bible since the strangers really didn't want to hurt anyone, they were trying to prevent the end times vs bring them upon us.

The nurse was the opposite of pestilence
Mom/cook was the opposite of famine
Batista the opposite of death, trying the hardest to save everyone
Ron Weasley opposite of war, being a changed man (he still harbors lots of anger, so he's not a total 180)

All in all I'd give it a solid 8, only because I would have liked to see more of the strangers "coming together" moments or flashbacks.
Avatar of @mlroberson
so a thing about the intruders, three of them in a way represent the opposite of their respective horseman. Leonard, the 2nd grade teacher and coach, represents death, Adriane, the line cook, represents famine, Sabrina, the nurse, represents, pestilence and Redmond the odd man out represents war. shirt colors aside their paths in life are connected to the horsemen they represent.
Avatar of @joelrivardguitar
Good movie, ending was not great. Apocalyptic stories are cool but the idea that a loving family has to sacrifice one member to stop the end of the world is dark. I think the book ending sounds better and presents some interesting themes about humanity rising above something that would require such a thing.
Avatar of @shayjohnson1114
Wow that book ending is so different.
Avatar of @matthewrittenhouse1387
This couple reminds me of the gay couple in the news that molested their pre-teen adopted son and pimped him out to their friends. They even made videos.
Avatar of @RianaAnais
I love your recaps and reviews. But I'm not hearing any of my faves speak on the fact that the family represented the Holy Trinity.
Avatar of @ericdozier88
Knock knock 🚪
Avatar of @nobodyexceptme7794
This was a great breakdown!
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13:10 😆First thing that I said to myself was "ain't no way Batista big ass got out through that window!"
Avatar of @DjGuanacOfficial1-L.A
Great movie.
Avatar of @DavidJacobsvo
If he had done the book ending people would have been so angry. No way they could handle that. But I thought the book ending was too vague as well. Something in the middle would have been best. And more discussion of the entity that was driving this. God? The Devil? Why does man need to be judged?
Avatar of @Billman0780
Why do they have to kill them selfs? Did movie explain that? Did they see that in their vision?
Avatar of @MissWilmaa
I had to find someone who was taught as I. Since when does Pestilence =Conquest? Pestilence, War, Famine & Death!!!???
Avatar of @MissWilmaa
As always The Book Is Better but I heard the author said it was a toss up.
Avatar of @briecheeseplease1845
The book was better “Cabin at the End of the World” it’s creepier and darker.
Avatar of @twiceshy9773
Lol the biggest twist in this MNight Shyamalam movie was that it was actually good!! Especially after watching "Old", he's such an up and down director!! But this movie was great, now I gotta go find the book😊👍👍

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