M. Night Shyamalan’s apocalyptic thriller Knock at the Cabin centers on a family that must make a decision that could impact the fate of the world. While vacationing at a remote cabin, the family is approached by a group of four armed trespassers who claim to have been called on to prevent the apocalypse. The family must choose between themselves and the rest of humanity while determining if any of it is true at all.
Knock at the Cabin premieres on Feb. 3 and stars Dave Bautista, Rupert Grint, Abby Quinn, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Jonathan Groff, and Ben Aldridge. Shyamalan is known for his high concept thrillers and Knock at the Cabin perfectly fits the mold of his filmography. Unlike the director’s more popular films like The Village, The Sixth Sense, and Unbreakable, his latest is an adaptation from the novel The Cabin at the End of the World. While it won’t be a 100% faithful adaptation of the book, it will be interesting to see what type of Shyamalan-ian spin he puts on it.
The Cabin at the End of the World is set in a forest in New England, but Shyamalan has changed the setting for the movie. Let’s explore where and why he chose to change the film location.
Knock at the Cabin filming locations
Knock at the Cabin was filmed in the suburbs of Philadelphia and South Jersey around Burlington County in the towns of Burlington, Southampton, and Tabernacle. Shyamalan is a native of Penn Valley, Pennsylvania which is just north of Philly, so he’s familiar with the region.
The area of South Jersey the film was shot in is commonly referred to as “The Pine Barrens” which has a rich history itself. It’s where bodies were dumped in The Sopranos and where one of its most popular episodes was filmed, appropriately titled Pine Barrens. It’s also the home of the New Jersey Devil, though he won’t be making an appearance in the film.
In an interview with Inverse, Paul Trembley, the author of the book, revealed that two cabins were built for the film. One cabin was on location and the other was built in a warehouse so the crew could control technical aspects inside the cabin with more precision.
In 2021, New Jersey passed a film tax credit law that would attract more studios to the state. It seems to be working as the chairman of New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission confirmed that over 45 new projects were filmed in NJ during 2022.
All of this combined to create the perfect conditions to film Shyamalan’s 15th feature, Knock at the Cabin. Make sure to catch the film to see what tricks M. Night has up his sleeve this time.