Best known for playing sarcastic comedy sidekicks and for being the younger brother of someone more famous, Dave Franco decided to show off another side. He’s about to make his directorial debut with the horror thriller The Rental, which he also co-wrote with indie staple Joe Swanberg. When actors step behind the camera it’s often a mixed bag, but with this first trailer, The Rental definitely looks promising.
Sure, a group of people on remote getaway and things going wrong isn’t exactly a new structure, but it’s a framework that offers many possibilities, which is why filmmakers keep going back to this well. As in most cases, it’s how they use the tools at their disposal that matters, and there’s some cool stuff going on in this trailer for The Rental.
This trailer teases quite a bit. There’s internal strain between the four friends, and within the couples in that group. We get hints of slasher elements, there’s the pressure and tension of being trapped in an isolated setting, and who knows if it’s real, but there’s even a vaguely supernatural flair. All in all, color us intrigued.
And Franco and company put together a great cast. The Rental stars Allison Brie (Community), Sheila Vand (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night), Jeremy Allen White (Shameless), and Dan Stevens (The Guest, which is on Netflix again and still rips as hard as ever). Extra points for a Toby Huss appearance.
Here’s the synopsis:
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.
Sure, this is just a trailer, but while we were already intrigued, this has us pretty damn excited. IFC releases The Rental in (probably mostly drive-in) theaters and on VOD July 24.