This star-filled, under-the-radar mystery thriller is now available to watch at home

By Rory Cashin

January 24, 2021 at 11:53am


If you're in the market for a hidden gem of a scary movie, then look no further.

With so many options available to us, as well as the comfort-watching feeling of just wanting to rewatch something we now we already know we love, it can be tough to properly uncover some great movies unless someone actually recommends them for us.

To that end, if you're a fan of scary movies, then we recommend you check out The Rental.

So what's the plot? Here you go:

"Two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying on them. Before long, what should have been a celebratory weekend trip turns into something far more sinister, as well-kept secrets are exposed and the four old friends come to see each other in a whole new light."

The movie stars Dan Stevens (Beauty & The Beast, Downton Abbey), Alison Brie (Glow, Community), Sheila Vand (Snowpierce, Triple Frontier) and Jeremy White (Shameless, Homecoming), and it is the directorial debut of Dave - brother of James - Franco, best known for acting in comedies like 21 Jump Street and Bad Neighbours.


As for whether or not the movie is any good...

The A.U. Review - "Those who savour a gradual build up and characters who feel like real people, however flawed they are, The Rental should prove a satisfying destination."

Screen Zealots - "Good thrillers cause you to rethink everyday normalcies as potential dangers, and the plausibility of the situation here is effective."

Book & Film Globe - "Stranded-in-a-cabin tropes tend to be a lot of fun. So it's easy to get on board with the premise of The Rental, especially given the front-loaded tension between its two couples."

Vox - "The Rental has a familiar plot with familiar story beats, but it is so well-paced and deliberate, and its cast so good, that even though you know where it's going, it's still immensely satisfying to take the journey."


The Rental is available to watch on Prime Video right now.

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