Knock at the Cabin is M Night Shyamalan’s latest thrill ride that leaves the audience wrestling profound questions long after the film finishes. It follows a family who go down to the woods and get a very big surprise when four ‘messengers’ knock on their cabin door, delivering quite the dilemma.
Nikki Amuka-Bird, who plays one of the strangers alongside Dave Bautista, Rupert Grint and Abby Quinn, tells us more…
The Big Issue: What is the central question posed by Knock at the Cabin?
Nikki Amuka-Bird: The basic story is a family on holiday in the woods: Daddy Eric and Daddy Andrew and their daughter Wen, that’s what she calls them. They want to get away so they go some place remote. Then there’s a knock on the door and four strangers arrive saying that they’ve had supernatural visions. The apocalypse is here, and they are the only ones who can save the world from ending today. But in order to do that they have to sacrifice one of the family members.
And you are one of the strangers?
I play Sabrina, a nurse. She’s really normal. That was what drew me to it when I first read the script. When Night said to me, I’d love to work with you again, I was so excited [Shyamalan directed Amuka-Bird in 2021’s Old]. Then I read the script and I was terrified.
By the story or what you’d have to do as this character?
All of it. Night really plays with fear. He enjoys pushing people through their fears, whether that’s the audience or the characters and actors. Some of the stuff she has to do… He assured me that what he was looking for was somebody who was a kind, good-hearted person, who was willing to sacrifice herself to save others and that was a really interesting juxtaposition. I wanted to know what would drive a person to do these things.