HipsterZOMBIEJoint Movie Review: The Rental

I love the Franco brothers. Dave Franco has proven himself to be just as good as an actor as his older brother James. And that’s where the praise in this review stops because this film is a contender for one of the worst films of 2020.

You want know how to make a horror movie not scary and completely ineffective? Provide a set of protagonists you absolutely hate less than 20 minutes into the film. Also if you are going to make a slasher film, have some damn slashing!!

Now I know I am being overly harsh, after all it is Dave Franco‘s directorial debut. But come on, this film fell completely flat.

Franco co-wrote the screenplay with Joe Swanberg, based on a story by Franco, Swanberg, and Mike Demski. It stars Dan Stevens, Alison Brie, Sheila Vand, Jeremy Allen White, and Toby Huss.

Charlie, his wife Michelle, Charlie’s brother Josh, and Josh’s girlfriend Mina decide to rent an oceanview house for a weekend getaway.  Charlie is a cheating man whore who hooks up with Mina and the movie goes down from there. Mina discovers a camera in the shower and wants to go to the cops but is stopped by Charlie who doesn’t want to have video of him and Mina having sex in the shower to be brought into evidence.

It doesn’t matter however because the masked killer who is given no backstory or reason as to why he hunting these vacationers. Now be careful, there be SPOILERS AHEAD….

The 2 couples are singled out and killed one by one, most off screen or very far away. The way one of them dies is just kind of funny because she is the character in the movie you hate the most.

Unless your film is just a gory bloodfest, there is no reason why audiences should be rooting for the killer to win. This movie fails to build any atmosphere and gives us 4 horrible people to see vacation in a very nice House that overlooks the ocean.

In closing, the only good thing this film did was not kill dog. Besides that, pass on the rental, it gets zero stars on Air BnB.

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