• Rent is a 2020 horror film that explores the concept of “AirBnB horror” and the risks of staying in someone else’s home.
  • Jeremy Allen White gives a great performance as Josh, a character who struggles with self-esteem and ends up making questionable decisions.
  • The film follows in the footsteps of Alfred Hitchcock by creating suspense and suspense through the possibility of horror rather than overt violence or supernatural elements.

Biographical film about the von Erich family. Iron claw is currently receiving praise as a knockout film – pun intended! This is due in no small part to the exceptional acting talent, including Zac Efron, Harris Dickinsonand of course, Jeremy Allen White. Many first watched White as Lip in the American remake of the British series. Shamelessand others have recently discovered his stellar talent on Hulu. Bear. However, in 2020, White appeared in a tense horror film that was unfortunately underrated due to its release during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rent It premiered at the Vineland Drive-In in California and was later released digitally and streaming. The film is the ultimate horror sub-genre, “AirBnB Horror,” and features Jeremy Allen White as another brother caught in a fight with his family, only in a very different way!

White told LRM about the scary baggage of rental homes; “If I had to stay somewhere, I think historically it would be a hotel. Maybe for some reason, maybe there are some hidden fears, and I always felt safer in the hotel.” Before Barbarian literally explored the depths of the horror setting of AirBnB, Dave Francofeature directorial debut Rent did it first; maintaining horror primarily on a social level rather than on a violent or supernatural level. Movie stars Dan Stevens as Charlie, the brother of Josh White, who along with his partners rent a house in the rural Pacific Northwest for a couples’ getaway. But soon things get dark for four unsuspecting vacationers.

Rental Poster 2020


Two couples rent a vacation home to spend the holiday weekend.

Date of issue
July 23, 2020

Dave Franco

Alison Brie, Giovani Ridler, Toby Huss, Dan Stevens, Jeremy Allen White, Sheila Vand

lead time

Main genre

Dave Franco, Joe Swanberg, Mike Demski

Secluded holiday. Killer looks.

What is “Rent” about?

Dave Franco told Collider that the idea Rent was “inspired by my own paranoia about the concept of cohabitation.” He added: “We trust staying in a stranger’s house simply because of a few positive reviews online. In fact, while we were filming, new articles appeared every week about homeowners installing cameras in their homes. […] We are all aware of the risks associated with staying in someone else’s home, but we never think that something bad could actually happen to us.”


Iron Claw makes the mistake of not including all the Von Erich brothers

Writer/director Sean Durkin intentionally left out one Von Erich brother.

This film demands an unsuspecting audience, so without spoiling too much, the story begins to unfold with the introduction of Josh, played by Jeremy Allen White, who, despite the “no pets” rule in the house listing, insists on sneaking his French Bulldog (Instagram page). Chunk) to the territory. Franco’s real wife Alison Brie (Shine, Community) plays Charlie’s wife, Michelle, while Sheila Vand plays Josh’s girlfriend Mina, who is also Charlie’s business partner. Mina, a Middle Easterner, is smitten by strange property owner Taylor (Toby Hass), whose possible bigotry towards her eats away at her, as the film’s tone suggests trouble is on the horizon. The four soon become uneasy with Taylor lurking nearby, feeling that they have become their master’s enemies.

Jeremy Allen White shines as the fiery Josh in Rent

Image via IFC Films

Although the film initially unfolds from Charlie’s point of view, his actions soon add to the horror of the plot, making him more of an active protagonist than a hero. After this, Michelle could perhaps be considered the hero of the film due to her more justifiable actions and noble personality. However, this four-armed man is as easy to read as Josh’s story. Jeremy Allen White said about the script:

“When I read it, I was probably just rooting for Josh the whole time. I just, I really saw this guy that really wanted to get better. He’s dating a woman who I think is way out of his league. just beautiful and smart. And I think he has some self-esteem issues, probably because of his older brother. And then he goes on this journey with them, and I feel like he’s a little beat up. I think I was kind of attracted to this kind of tragic character who’s trying to get better. But, of course, he doesn’t succeed.”

In fact, as with traditional heroes and tragic figures, it is their actions that lead to their downfall. IN Rent, each character takes significant responsibility for their own questionable decisions, causing their situation to go from bad to worse. As White told Film Inquiry: “I’m attracted to characters who tend to be a little explosive. I feel like this is kind of a healthy way to get it all out of me. in my daily life. I think that was something interesting about Josh.” This character-driven horror is fueled by the internal struggles of these four characters and their intertwined relationships. All the external action in the film flows from this, creating not only a great story, but also a more interesting challenge for the actors and their actors-turned-directors. To sum it up, Rent gave us modern horror, in tune with the style of the Master of Suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock.

“Rent” – a modern Hitchcockian thriller

Hitchcock once said about his work on Psycho (another film in which unsuspecting victims pay to stay at a stranger’s property), “I’m putting less and less physical horror into it because I’m leaving it in the audience’s mind.” IN RentFranco takes the maestro’s lesson and applies it, creating tension through the possibility of horror rather than the explicit inclusion of horror itself. In doing so, we are put in the shoes of the characters, increasing our fear for ourselves and feeling closer to how the characters might feel about the mystery of their situation. Like Hitchcock and his famous “bomb under the table” idea, audiences Rent There’s plenty of dramatic irony in the form of following multiple characters and learning their individual secrets. The fear of this revelation and its consequences is much scarier than watching a slasher movie stalk them for 90 minutes. “This movie is not just a horror movie,” Franco told Collider. “We wanted to create a relationship drama where the interpersonal issues between the characters were as compelling as the fact that there was a psychopathic killer lurking in the shadows.” And this is certainly true.

Click for Rent coincided with preparations for White’s final season at Shamelessboth of which predated his newest phenomenon, Iron claw. Rent was produced by Black Bear Pictures, which would go on to produce Franco’s next film. Someone I knew also starring Bree. As for what will happen next with the concrete world RentFranco told Collider: “I have a pretty clear idea of ​​what I would do with a sequel if I were lucky enough to get the opportunity. Without giving too much away, I’d like to explore the villain’s mythology a little. more, and also takes place outside the US, because AirBnB and housing promotions are available all over the world. I feel like the rest of the world deserves to be a little scared too.”

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