The Rental: this new horror film is basically about an Airbnb stay gone horribly wrong

The Rental: this new Amazon Prime horror film is basically an Airbnb stay gone horribly wrong

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Upcoming Amazon Prime horror movie The Rental is here to make you feel 100% better about the severe lack of holidays in your immediate future…

Updated on 6 January 2021: The coronavirus lockdown may mean that we haven’t been to the cinema in months (boo, hiss), but it also means that we now have a plethora of movies to catch up on. 

One we’re particularly excited for, though? Why. it’s Amazon Prime’s The Rental, which basically tells the tale of an Airbnb staycation gone wrong. Horribly, horribly wrong. 

Which, let’s face it, is the kind of content we can all get on board with right now, considering we’re stuck at home for the forseeable future.

Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming indie horror film.

What’s the plot of The Rental?

As reported on 29 June 2020: The Rental sees two couples on an oceanside getaway grow suspicious that the host of their seemingly perfect rental house may be spying on them. And you can guess what happens next: their celebratory weekend trip turns into something…

Well, 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.

Is there a trailer for The Rental?

Indeed there is, and it ticks off some key horror movie tropes: spooky piano music, sweeping shots of storm-tossed cliffs, masked figures, jump-scares, and unnerving scenes in a darkened house.

But there’s also… well, there’s also a camera hidden in the rental home’s shower. Who put it there, we wonder?

Check it out:

Who makes up the cast of The Rental?

The Rental stars GLOW’s Alison Brie, Jovani Ridler, Toby Huss, Sheila Vand, Anthony Molinari, Jeremy Allen White, and Dan Stevens (with who we most recently fell for in Netflix’s Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga).

Who is the director of The Rental?

The Rental marks Dave Franco’s first go at feature filmmaking. However, the actor previously directed the short film Dream Girl w/ Dave Franco & Alison Brie, starring his wife, Brie.

What are people saying about The Rental?

Reviews are yet to come in for the film, although it has been dubbed “sophisticated” and “thought-provoking” by those who have seen it so far.

And at the film’s drive-in preview event, which took place earlier this month, saw 650 cars (containing an estimated 1,300 patrons) honk their horns in appreciation of the film.

Variety, one of the first entertainment publications to clap eyes on the film, has warned: “To paraphrase the old saying that typically gets used for horror films, The Rental could do for AirBnB what Jaws did for the ocean.”

When will The Rental be available to watch in the UK?

The Rental will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video from 22 January.

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.

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