- By DENNIS PETRONE
- Photo Courtesy of IFC FILMS
Summertime has traditionally been the start of the autumn scary movie season as kids are off from school — it’s hot outside, the ACs are pumping, and all the heavy-hitter award-contenders are holding out for late fall releases. Well it’s nice to know that even during quarantine times, the tradition is still alive through a host of streaming services with The Rental. Everyone more than ever is looking for local Airbnb-type getaways — especially Charlie (Dan Stevens), his exotic business partner Mina (Sheila Vand), his wife Michelle (Alison Brie), and his screwup brother who is dating Mina, Josh (Jeremy Allen White). The group rents a too-good-to-be-true lux home on the Northwest Coast and quickly discovers their secret and not-so-secret shenanigans are being caught on camera!
The Rental is Dave Franco’s full-length directorial debut and he showed audiences that he’s in-tune with America’s thillor zigot marrying today’s fears of what could go wrong when bargaining with strangers online with timeless anxieties about staying in giant unfamiliar houses in the middle of nowhere. This was a good bet for the IFC who handled distribution as The Rental topped the official box office (mostly drive-ins, of course) two weekends in a row translating to — in these times of generally closed cinemas — over a million dollars in revenue.
Learn more about “The Rental” including where to stream it here.