‘Knock at the Cabin’ Tops Redbox Disc Rentals; ‘Evil Dead Rise’ No. 1 On Demand

Universal Pictures Home Entertainment’s Knock at the Cabin debuted at No. 1 on the Redbox disc rental chart the week ended May 14. The latest film from director M. Night Shyamalan, about a vacationing family taken hostage by armed strangers who demand they make a choice to avert the apocalypse, was No. 2 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The No. 1 title on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital VOD and sellthrough transactions, was Warner’s “Evil Dead” continuation, Evil Dead Rise, about two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh‐possessing demons.

Universal’s Cocaine Bear remained No. 2 on the Redbox disc rental chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals at Redbox’s thousands of red kiosks. The horror comedy, based on an actual incident, involves a bear becoming addicted to cocaine dumped by smugglers into the woods of Georgia, and rampaging through a national park in search of more. It was No. 3 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

The previous week’s top disc rental, Universal’s sports comedy Champions, dropped to No. 3 on the Redbox disc rental chart.

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The No. 4 disc rental was RLJ Entertainment’s Children of the Corn remake from Shudder, based on the Stephen King novel about a society of children who ritualistically murder adults.

Lionsgate’s Plane dropped to No. 5 on the disc chart, and No. 94 on the Redbox On Demand chart.

No. 4 on the digital chart was director Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant, from MGM. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a U.S. Army sergeant who sets out to rescue the family of the Afghan interpreter who saved his life.

The No. 5 Redbox On Demand title was Paramount’s Scream VI.

Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ended May 14:

  1. Knock at the Cabin — Universal
  2. Cocaine Bear — Universal
  3. Champions — Universal
  4. Children of the Corn (2023) — RLJ/Shudder
  5. Plane — Lionsgate
  6. Magic Mike’s Last Dance — Warner
  7. Supercell — Lionsgate
  8. Jesus Revolution — Lionsgate
  9. M3GAN — Universal
  10. A Man Called Otto — Sony Pictures


Top Digital (VOD + Sellthrough), Redbox On Demand, Week Ended May 14:

  1. Evil Dead Rise — Warner
  2. Knock at the Cabin — Universal
  3. Cocaine Bear — Universal
  4. Guy Ritchie’s The Covenant — MGM
  5. Scream VI — Paramount
  6. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves — Paramount
  7. The Croods: A New Age — Universal
  8. Avatar: The Way of Water — 20th Century
  9. Plane — Lionsgate
  10. Alice, Darling — Lionsgate


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Merchandising: ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Steelbook Available at Best Buy

For the May 9 new home video releases, Best Buy has an exclusive edition of Universal Pictures’ Knock at the Cabin.

The 4K Ultra HD/Blu-ray combo pack in Steelbook packaging of Knock at the Cabin is offered at $38.99.

In the thriller from M. Night Shyamalan, while vacationing at a remote cabin, a young girl and her two fathers are taken hostage by four armed strangers who demand that the family make an unthinkable choice to avert the apocalypse. With limited access to the outside world, the family must decide what they believe before all is lost.

The film stars Dave Bautista, Ben Alridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird and Rupert Grint.

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May 9 New Releases Include ‘Knock at the Cabin,’ ‘Yellowstone’ on Disc, ‘Evil Dead Rise’ Digitally

Among the new home entertainment releases May 9 are Knock at the Cabin and Yellowstone: Season 5, Part 1 on Blu-ray and DVD, a boxed set of “Superman” movies on 4K disc, and Evil Dead Rise via digital retailers.

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Knock at the Cabin, arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD  disc May 9 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  Based on the book The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, Knock at the Cabin follows a tight-knit family who are taken hostage by four armed strangers while vacationing at a remote cabin. The visitors, led by Dave Bautista, demand that the young girl and her parents make an unthinkable choice: to save their family or save humanity. The film stars Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abby Quinn, Rupert Grint, and Kristen Cui in her feature film debut. The film earned $35.4 million at the domestic box office.

Yellowstone: Season 5, Part 1 arrives on DVD and Blu-ray May 9 from Paramount Home Entertainment. The release includes the first eight episodes of season five along with never-before-seen bonus content that explores the relationships between Rip and Beth and Kayce and Monica; an in-depth look at the music of “Yellowstone”; and the process of bringing the “Yellowstone” world to life.  In season five, part one, determined to protect his land and legacy at any cost, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) takes his fight to the halls of government. But with greater power comes further scrutiny of his family, his land and the morally questionable measures he’s taken to protect them both. As new threats emerge and old enemies return, John, Beth, Kayce, Rip and Jamie learn that power has a price.

Mill Creek Entertainment releases Pinnacle Peak Pictures’ faith-based film Heaven Sent on DVD and digital May 9. It follows Elise, an active and outgoing grandmother hurt by her past, and Patrick, a widowed pastor, who have both closed the door on love. But after a chance encounter, with faith and a little help from technology, their live-streamed romance might find a way. The film was directed by Joanne Hock (When We Last Spoke, Purple Dreams) and was written by, produced by and stars Karen Abercrombie (War Room, Selfie Dad). It also stars Leon Pridgen (War Room, Pursuit of Freedom), Charlene Tilton (“Dallas,” “The Middle”) and Jemarcus Kilgore (Discarded Things, Black Lightning).

As part of the year-long centennial celebration for the 100th anniversary of Warner Bros. Studio, the films starring Christopher Reeve as Superman will be available for purchase in a 4K Blu-ray boxed set May 9 from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment. The Superman 1978-1987 5-Film Collection includes all four adventures as Reeve as the iconic DC superhero — 1978’s Superman: The Movie, 1980’s Superman II, 1983’s Superman III and 1987’s Superman IV, plus Superman II: The Richard Donner Cut, the re-edited director’s cut released in 2006. The boxed set will include the films on a 4K Ultra HD disc with HDR, a regular Blu-ray disc and special features in HD, and a redeemable code for a digital version of each film.

Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment will release the horror flick Evil Dead Rise for premium digital purchase and rental May 9. From New Line Cinema and Renaissance Pictures, the film, which has earned $97.8 million at the global box office, stars Lily Sullivan (I Met a Girl, TV’s “Barkskins”), Alyssa Sutherland (TV’s “New Gold Mountain,” TV’s “Vikings), Morgan Davies (TV’s “The End,” Storm Boy), Gabrielle Echols (Reminiscence) and introducing Nell Fisher (Northspur). The film was produced by longtime franchise producer Rob Tapert and executive produced by series creator Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell. In Evil Dead Rise, the action moves out of the woods and into the city, and tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters, played by Sullivan and Sutherland, whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable. The film will be available to purchase on 4K Ultra HD combo pack, Blu-ray combo pack and DVD June 27.

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Mill Creek Entertainment will release the stand-up comedy DVD Maria Bamford Stand-Up Spotlight — featuring two specials from the daytime Emmy-nominated comedian, actress and writer — on May 9. The two specials include “Weakness Is Her Brand” and “The Special Special Special.” Bamford is known for “Arrested Development,” “BoJack Horseman” and “Lady Dynamite!” and has regular guest appearances on “Big Mouth,” “Portlandia” and “SpongeBob Squarepants.” She has won awards at the American Comedy Awards and Montreal Comedy Festival and is embarking on a new tour.

The creature feature Unwelcome debuts on Blu-ray and DVD May 9 from Well Go USA Entertainment. The film is already available available for digital sellthrough. Directed by Jon Wright (Grabbers, Tormented), the film stars Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and The Wasp, Ready Player One, Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City), Douglas Booth (The Dirt, Jupiter Ascending), Colm Meaney (Con Air, “Star Trek” franchise) and Kristian Nairn (“Game of Thrones”). In the horror flick, a couple escapes their urban nightmare to enter the tranquility of rural Ireland only to hear stories of mysterious beings who live in the gnarled, ancient wood at the foot of their new garden. Their new neighbors warn them that in Irish lore the Redcaps will come when called to help souls in dire need of rescue, but it’s crucial to remember that there is always a dear price to pay for their aid.

The crime thriller Shackled will be released on digital May 9 from Distribution Solutions. In the film, a young woman wakes to find herself chained to the bed of an abandoned pickup truck alone in the vastness of the California desert with no memory of the events that brought her to such a state. She’s been left with only a half-empty bottle of gin, a CB radio, and a gun with two bullets. Her captor’s identity, motive, and plans for her are a mystery — one she’ll need every ounce of her fading strength and every fibre of her fraying sanity to solve. Directed by Joss Refauvelet (The Long Hollywood Night, Lovers in a Dangerous Time), the film stars Monique Rosario (Remembering Sarah), Jennifer Ball (Something Good Coming, Lovers in a Dangerous Time), Dan Franklin (Mantra, The Haunted Man) and Tyler Cole (Lovers in a Dangerous Time, Falling Sons).

GKIDS and Shout! Factory May 9 releases a Blu-ray of Unicorn Wars, Spanish, genre-bending animated feature for adults from Goya and director Alberto Vásquez (Birdboy: The Forgotten Children). The technicolor horror-comedy was featured in competition at the 2022 Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and was an official selection at BFI London, Animation Is Film, and Fantastic Fest. The film uses an outrageous candy-colored premise to explore religious zealotry, the tortured legacies of military fascism and the depths of the soul. In the plot, for ages, teddy bears have been locked in an ancestral war against their sworn enemy the unicorns with the promise that victory will complete the prophecy and usher in a new era. Aggressive, confident teddy bear Bluet and his sensitive, withdrawn brother Tubby could not be more different. As the rigors and humiliation of teddy bear bootcamp turn to the psychedelic horrors of a combat tour in the Magic Forest, their complicated history and increasingly strained relationship will come to determine the fate of the entire war.

The horror anthology Tell Me a Creepy Story will be released on digital May 9 from Trinity and Distribution Solutions. The beekeeper who accidentally kills his wife before nervously burying her body under his vegetable patch. The child born with an insatiable and increasingly inhuman appetite. The seemingly harmless couple who are serial killers and the home alone woman who is petrified someone is out to kill her. These terrifying tales come together in one anthology. The cast includes Laura Bayston (“Killing Eve,” “Doctors,” “Slow Horses”), Conleth Hill (“Game of Thrones,” “Vienna Blood,” “Magpie Murders”), Joe Sims (“Broadchurch,” “Doctor Who,” “London Kills”) and Paul Kennedy (“Marcella,” “The Fall,” “Outlander”). Directors are Samuel Dawe, Félix Dobaire, Stuart Graham, Paul Holbrook and Luke Konopasky. 

Screen Media will release the drama Dealing With Dad on digital May 9. In the film, Margaret Chang reluctantly returns to her hometown, along with her hapless brothers, to deal with the sudden depression of their jerk of a dad. As it turns out he’s nicer depressed than well, and the siblings wonder if they should even get him better as they struggle to find a solution. Written and directed by Tom Huang (Find Me, Unusual Targets), the film stars Ally Maki (Upcoming Shortcomings, “Wrecked”), Hayden Szeto (The Edge of Seventeen, “The Good Place”), Peter S Kim (“Fairfax,” Yes Day), Dana Lee (“Dr. Ken,” Birds of Prey), Page Leong (Another 48 Hrs, Argo), Echo Kellum (“Arrow,” “Key and Peele”), Karan Soni (Safety Not Guaranteed, Deadpool), Cindera Che (Tigertail, “Fresh Off the Boat”), Megan Gailey (“Pause With Sam Jay”) and Ari Stidham (“Scorpion,” Huge).

The dark comedy Employee of the Month will be released on VOD and DVD May 12 by Film Movement. In the film, after working for EcoClean — an industrial cleaning supplies company — for nearly 17 years, model-employee Inès (Jasmina Douieb) believes it’s time for a raise. Despite daily jibes from her incompetent and misogynistic co-workers (including Patrick, EcoClean’s ineffectual owner), she remains professional and dedicated to the company’s brand. When Inès confronts Patrick about her salary, he not only disparages her request but makes a lecherous pass at her. New intern Mélody (Laetitia Mampaka) witnesses this and jumps in to help, but in the process both women accidentally find themselves with blood on their hands. Spiraling more out of control by the minute, Inès and Mélody must conjure up increasingly maniacal solutions to cover their tracks — and clean up their mess. The film is directed by Veronique Jadin.

A complete list of new disc and digital releases, compiled each week by the Media Play News market research team, can be found here.

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Heads to Digital and Streaming March 24, Disc May 9

M. Night Shyamalan’s latest thriller, Knock at the Cabin, is heading home, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment announced March 17.

The film, about a vacationing girl and her parents who are taken hostage by armed strangers who demand that the family make a choice to avert the apocalypse, will be released through digital retailers such as Vudu, Redbox On Demand and Prime Video, as well as on the Peacock streaming service, on March 24.

A DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release will follow on May 9.

With domestic theatrical earnings of less than $36 million, Knock at the Cabin is one of director Shyamalan’s lowest-grossing films.

The home releases, both digital and disc, feature more than 40 minutes of bonus content, including exclusive deleted scenes and behind-the-scenes featurettes.

Based on the book The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay, Knock at the Cabin follows a tight-knit family who are taken hostage by four armed strangers while vacationing at a remote cabin. The visitors, led by Dave Bautista, demand that the young girl and her parents make an unthinkable choice: to save their family or save humanity.
The film stars Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abby Quinn, Rupert Grint, and Kristen Cui in her feature film debut.
Bonus features include an extended cut of the TV infomercial from the film that features an appearance by Shyamalan; “Choosing Wisely: Behind the Scenes of Knock at the Cabin,” an examination of what  drew Shyamalan to adapt the story, and how the relationships between characters were unlike any this ensemble cast had ever played before; “Tools of the Apocalypse,” an exploration of the creation of some of the film’s most terrifying props; “Drawing a Picture,” a documentary on how Shyamalan envisions his shots in advance of turning on the camera through his extensive use of storyboards; and “Kristen Cui Shines a Light,” a closer look at the young actress and her dynamic performance as Wen in her film debut.

Universal Pictures’ Thriller ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Available on PVOD/PEST

Universal Pictures’ thriller Knock at the Cabin is now available on premium VOD and premium digital purchase, priced at $19.99 and $24.99, respectively.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, the movie is hitting digital retail channels 21 days after its Feb. 3 box office debut — in line with Universal’s strategy releasing select theatrical titles early into retail channels. The movie generated almost $48 million in global ticket sales, including $31 million across North American screens.

Universal’s decision to offer Knock at the Cabin at retail outside the traditional theatrical 45-day window follows a pattern established with horror thriller M3GAN, which also was released on PVOD/PEST 21 days after its theatrical debut.

It remains to be seen whether Cabin will be follow M3GAN‘s retail time line, which includes a traditional VOD and digital sellthrough pricing release on Feb. 24 (one month after PVOD), followed by a packaged-media release on March 21.

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Universal’s ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Ends ‘Avatar 2’ Box Office Reign With $14.2 Million Debut

Universal Pictures’ thriller Knock at the Cabin halted the seven-week No. 1 box office reign of 20th Century Studios’ Avatar: The Way of Water — generating as estimated $14.2 million in revenue in its weekend debut through Feb. 5.

Directed by M. Night Shyamalan and headlined by Dave Bautista (Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Army of the Dead), Cabin is on track to be Shyamalan’s lowest-generating movie debut behind 2021’s Old with $16.8 million.

The movie largely out-legged the debut of Paramount Pictures’ 80 for Brady ($12.5 million) due to the weather and the studio/exhibitors’ decision to discount ticket prices to lure senior moviegoers to the sports-themed comedy. The movie’s cast is led by 80+ year-olds Jane Fonda, Sally Field, Rita Moreno and Lily Tomlin.

Paramount said the movie over-indexed in the Midwest and Southeast  while under-indexing in the West. The studio contends the polar vortex arctic chill kept much of title’s audience at bay in the northeast until the thaw starts today. With strong critical reviews, 80 for Brady grossed $1.27 million in sneak Thursday screenings.

Avatar 2 finished No. 3, adding $10.8 million to a global box office haul of $2.17 billion after eight weekends — and is projected next week to pass the No. 3 all-time box office release, Titanic, also directed by James Cameron.

Universal/DreamWorks’ Puss in Boots: The Last Wish added almost $8 million in ticket sales to up its global tally past $368 million after seven weekends. The movie is also available on PVOD and PEST, priced at $19.99 and $24.99, respectively.

Lionsgate’s actioner Plane, starring Gerard Butler, continued on a profitable flight path over the weekend, adding an estimated $2.21 million in revenue to up its global tally near $29 million. The movie is also available on PVOD and PEST.

‘Knock at the Cabin’ Looks to Scare ‘Avatar 2’ Off Box Office Perch

After seven weekends and $2.13 billion in ticket sales, 20th Century Studios’ mega box office hit Avatar: The Way of Water is set to not repeat as the top-grossing weekend theatrical release.

A trio of new releases aim to upend the status quo, led by director M. Night Shyamalan’s latest psychological thriller, Knock at the Cabin from Universal Pictures; Paramount Pictures’ 80 for Brady, about four female octogenarians heading to the Super Bowl to see their hero Tom Brady; and Fathom Events/Angel Studios’ The Chosen: Season 3 Finale, the faith-based series that has resonated with Christian moviegoers in previous screenings.

Marketing for Knock at the Cabin included Shyamalan’s appearance at January’s CES in Las Vegas touting the film’s AI features. The movie, which is set to open across more than 3,800 North American screens, is projected to generate upwards of $25 million in revenue. It generated $1.45 million in special Thursday sneak screenings.

That’s the same number of screens (not ticket sales) debuting 80 for Brady, whose cast includes Jane Fonda, Sally Fields, Rita Moreno and Lily Tomlin. The movie could generate more than $19 million in revenue.

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Weekend holdovers include Avatar: The Way of Water, which is expected to add another $11 million in ticket sales, along with Universal’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish ($9.4 million), Sony Pictures’ A Man Called Otto ($4.7 million) and M3GAN with $3.5 million. Both Boots and M3GAN are also available in the home on PVOD.

Canon at CES 2023 Demonstrates Technologies Through Immersive M. Night Shymalan Movie Experience

LAS VEGAS — The award for the biggest Hollywood presence at CES 2023 might go to Canon USA, a digital imaging solutions provider that teamed with director M. Night Shyamalan to craft a show booth that places visitors inside of his latest movie, Universal Pictures’ Knock at the Cabin, which opens in theaters Feb. 3.

Wanting to demonstrate to CES attendees how its technology is working to help dissolve limits between real and virtual worlds, the company worked with the director to develop an immersive movie experience that allow fans to  “enter” the cabin and nearby woods and interact with the actors.

“As we worked to build this experience, I thought, you obviously have a lot of amazing minds changing the way we tell stories,” Shyamalan said at a Jan. 4 press conference at Mandalay Bay. “We worked together to create an environment unlike anything I’ve ever seen, so that everyone here at CES can use Canon technology to experience Knock at the Cabin for themselves. It’s an amazing combination of creativity, collaboration and tech, all coming together for this mega, immersive moviegoing experience.”

“This booth is unlike anything we have ever done,” Canon USA president Kazuto Ogawa added. “A lot of thought went into creating this experience.”

One of the Canon technologies that has gone into the making of the Knock at the Cabin experience is Kokomo, an immersive virtual reality software designed to change human communication by combining virtual reality with video calling. The software is designed to provide users with a way to meet friends and family virtually “in-person” by using a compatible VR headset and a compatible smartphone. Kokomo will allow users to see, hear, and interact with one another in real time from their own setting or from a photo-real environment, ranging from a desert retreat to a Hawaii beach house.

Think of it as Facetime on steroids. According to Canon, the objective of Kokomo — essentially, a 3D video call — is for people to feel as though they are actually hanging out with each other, even though they may be hundreds or even thousands of miles apart.

At the Canon booth, visitors are able to put on a VR headset and step into a 1-t0-1 Kokomo conversation with one of four characters from Knock at the Cabin.

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Another new technology Canon is showcasing though the immersive movie experience at its CES 2023 booth is its Free Viewpoint Video System for arenas, stadiums and studios. The system consists of more than 100 Canon Cinema EOS-based 4K cameras and lenses. The data captured from the cameras is sent to a server system that creates point-cloud-based 3D models that quickly reproduce various viewpoints or desired camera angles, similar to that shot from a drone swooping in and around players, or a small POV camera, looking at actors in a commercial or music video shoot. The result is an immersive and customizable viewing experience from perspectives that may not be possible with traditional camera systems.

So far, the system has been installed at two NBA arenas, Rocket Mortgage Field House in Cleveland (Cavaliers) and Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (Nets). The video can be broadcast out live and also compiled into replay clips. The system also allows virtual advertising and other opportunities for monetization.

CES attendees can view an action scene from Knock at the Cabin from multiple perspectives as captured by the Free Viewpoint Video System, supervised by Shyamalan and shot at Canon’s Volumetric Video Studio in Kawasaki, Japan. Viewing the scene from multiple viewpoints allows for different perspectives to be uncovered as attendees watch through the “eyes” of the various characters.

Also being demonstrated at CES 2023 is MREAL, a mixed-reality experience that utilizes Canon imaging technology to integrate real and virtual worlds, showing end-users what this type of integration can do for industry, education, medicine, entertainment and more. Canon describes it as a “premium visualizer/simulator that helps account for limits of scale, perception, analysis, and participation, and provides superb, almost life like image clarity and color accuracy.”

MREAL technology is currently in the market research phase, but an example can be seen in the Canon CES booth. Visitors are able to experience a break-in scene from Knock at the Cabin as if they are a character in the movie. A gamified experience gives CES attendees the ability to immerse themselves in the movie’s action. Users can interact with virtual furniture and other objects in order to barricade themselves inside the cabin and successfully keep intruders out.

Lastly, Canon is also demonstrating its AMLOS (Activate My Line of Sight) solution, developed by the company to help amplify how people see and interact in hybrid meeting environments. The AMLOS solution is a software-and-camera product suite designed to provide a high level of engagement for collaboration across multiple meeting locations. The advanced software-and-camera product suite features sophisticated PTZ (pan, tilt and zoom) camera functionality guided by hand gesture controls for certain actions for in-person participants. Remote users are given the flexibility to customize their viewing experience and to see objects or areas of the in-person space. This allows both in-person and remote participants to engage in meetings or collaborative discussions, with an intuitive experience with hand gesture controls for certain actions for in-person participants, and a user interface that can be customized by a remote participant to help promote collaboration.

Using AMLOS, visitors to the Canon booth are able to connect with a stranger on the actual set of Knock at the Cabin in Philadelphia. They can then work together to investigate the aftermath of events from the movie while creating their own stories on what could have happened in the cabin. Canon worked with Shyamalan to develop clues placed throughout the space for participants to discover, varying from handwritten notes to broken furniture and more.

“I believe Canon will be at the forefront of how we tell stories for years to come,” Shymalan said at the press conference.