A mundane title, but a remarkable movie. Shyamalan adapts Paul Tremblay’s The Cabin at the End of the World, in which a family finds itself at the mercy of four cultists who tell them that the world will end unless one family member offers themselves as sacrifice. It's a chilling concept made all the more horrifying by the performances. Everyone here is good, but Bautista stands out as Leonard, the leader of the small doomsday cult. It’s a tricky role that requires earnestness and sincerity amid delusion and evil, and Bautista pulls it off.
A quick note on the adaptation. The movie makes a few fundamental changes to the novel. I won’t reveal them here but only will say that for the adaptation they were the right choices, and remain true to the novel’s intent.
Derek Austin Johnson has lived most of his life in the Lone Star State. His work has appeared in The Horror Zine, Rayguns Over Texas!, Horror U.S.A.: Texas, Campfire Macabre, The Dread Machine, and Generation X-ed.
He lives in Central Texas.