Taking a premise that feels lifted straight out of 90’s horror, director Dave Franco has created a tense and intriguing thriller with franchise potential.
The Rental brings together two brothers and their partners for a weekend away in an idyllic cottage overlooking the ocean. Nothing could go wrong, right?
Before the plot turns visceral its the dynamic between the characters that keeps the film ticking along before shifting gear in its final third.
Helped by assured performances by Dan Stevens (The Guest) and Alison Brie (Glow), they feel like the grownup siblings of the cast of I Know What You Did Last Summer.
Another reference could be Rob Grant’s Harpoon which showcased fragile friendship that teeters on the brink of destruction at every turn. This is even more heightened given there are two siblings in the group, with one recent serving a prison sentence.
While The Rental is light on scares, when Franco wants to turn up the tension there are a couple of really stand out sequences that recall the best of the slasher sub-genre.
The finale is extremely dark and shows that The Rental, under the right leadership could become an unexpected horror series given its unique concept.
Although new movies options are limited at the moment, The Rental is one of the slicker horror thrillers of the year so far.
Watch the trailer for The Rental below –