Are Knock at the Cabin & Cabin in the Woods Connected? Is It a Sequel?

Are Knock at the Cabin Cabin in the Woods Connected Is It a Sequel

M. Night Shyamalan is famous for his work in the psychological thriller, supernatural horror, and suspense genre. He is known for creating suspenseful, twist-ending stories with unexpected plot turns and characters with supernatural abilities. His new movie, Knock at the Cabin, is set to be released on February 3, and it deals with Shyamalan’s usual themes. Fans eager to see the latest work of this famous director can’t help but draw parallels with one similar movie released in 2011, Cabin in the Woods, due to movies dealing with similar themes and having the same suspenseful atmosphere. Are Knock at the Cabin and Cabin in the Woods connected? Are they sequels?

Knock at the Cabin and Cabin in the Woods are not connected. Knock at the Cabin is based on the novel by Paul Tremblay titled The Cabin at the End of the World, and besides a similar setting and both movies being horror mystery thrillers, there are no connections between them. With everything said, it’s clear that Knock at the Cabin is also not a sequel to Cabin in the Woods. Both movies are standalone.

Now that we’ve covered the main point of our post, it’s time to explore both movies in a bit more depth. If you’re interested in the similarities & differences between the two movies. Keep reading!

Knock at the Cabin & Cabin in the Woods: Why are the two movies so similar?

Knock at the Cabin is a psychological horror mystery thriller that revolves around a family that finds itself in a remote cabin in the woods. During vacationing, the family is ambushed by strangers who rant about the upcoming apocalypse and demand that the family makes certain sacrifices in order to avert the apocalypse. The concept sounds scary and nerve-wracking, and an isolated place such as a wooded area with no one around sounds like a perfect setting for a story of this kind to play out.

The movie itself is based on a book by Paul Tremblay called The Cabin at the End of the World. The book deals with more or less the same story, but we expect Shyamalan to add his own unique twist to it.

Knock at the cabin

On the other hand, we have Cabin in the Woods, directed and written by Drew Goddard in collaboration with Joss Whedon. The film follows five friends who travel to a remote cabin for a weekend getaway, only to find themselves drawn into a sinister experiment orchestrated by a mysterious organization. As the friends discover the dark secrets of the Cabin and the true motives of the organization, they are forced to fight for their survival against a horde of monstrous creatures.
The movie was praised for its clever subversion of traditional horror movie tropes and its blend of humor, suspense, and action.


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Upon release, the movie was praised and received stellar ratings. It was nominated for numerous rewards and received quite a few of them, but it stopped there. Only a single movie was released despite an ample opportunity for the movie to be turned into a franchise. So, is the Knock at the Cabin that successor we were waiting for?

Not exactly.

Are Knock at the Cabin and Cabin in the Woods connected?

Knock at the Cabin and Cabin in the Woods are not connected by any means. Both movies are set in remote cabins and deal with a group of people that have unsurmountable nerve-wracking challenges to overcome, but they are otherwise not connected in any official sense. The name of the novel that the Knock at the Cabin was based on, “The Cabin at the End of the World,” sounds eerily similar to the concept and the name of the Cabin in the Woods, and it was a good idea for Shyamalan to change it, there would be too much confusion.
One more similarity between the two movies is likewise the “apocalypse” angle.

It’s confusing enough now as it is. Horror, thriller, and supernatural genres are no strangers to “cabins in the woods” as it is often used trope in horror movies due to the added tension, possible plot twists, and the impossibility of anyone helping you in the remote area.
But this is where the connection stops between the two movies.

Is Knock at the Cabin a sequel to Cabin in the Woods?

Knock at the Cabin is not a sequel to Cabin in the Woods. Even though Cabin in the Woods had enormous potential to become a franchise due to the success of the original movie released in 2011, it never happened. Only a single movie was released, and it’s perfectly clear why. The World ended in Cabin in the Woods.

Dana and Marty discovered an ancient temple, and it is revealed to them that annual sacrifices have to be made in order to ensure the safety of humanity. Dana realizes she has to kill Marty but decides to break the wheel and abandon the ritualistic tradition. She realizes that humanity is beyond hope and saving, and she and Marty await their destiny near the temple. The temple floor collapses, and a giant hand emerges from the ground as the world ends.

Cabin in the woods

As you can see, the sequel to the Cabin in the Woods would be impossible due to the world ending in the original movie. There’s simply no world to “revisit” with the failure to comply with the sacrifices. Dana and Marty sacrificed humanity as a whole.


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So to summarize, Knock at the Cabin and Cabin in the Woods do share some similarities. Both movies are set in a remote area, in cabins. Both movies deal with apocalyptic themes and “sacrificing,” but that’s about it. One movie was based on a novel, and the other was created by Whedon and Goddard. It’s not a series of movies. It’s just that the concepts are similar.

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