Thrillers like The Rental are an example of how a dream getaway can turn into a nightmare. Really, people can turn into bit players in someone’s twisted fantasy, and to make things worse, there’s not a darn thing that can do about it.
The plot is about two couples who rent an oceanside home from what seems to be an unsavory character. One of them discovers they are being spied on via cameras in the shower, and decide to confront the owner about it. As it turns out, there is a mastermind pulling all their strings.
It is interesting to watch as the couples go from being happy in love and watch the slow progression as things go from bad to worse. It is an infidelity that is the catalyst of the whole thing, which gives whoever is behind it leverage to use against them. He does exactly that as he toys with the victims, watching as they go their separate ways. That turns out to be their undoing as it gives him a chance to dispatch them in various ways. At least the dog they bring with them survives unscathed though really can’t say the same for everyone else.
This is similar to the horror movie Hellfest where we never see the identity of the person responsible and we aren’t given a motive as to why he is doing what he does. He conceals his identity so he is free to go elsewhere and repeat the scenario again, which is what we see happen during the end credits. It is really harrowing to think about because this is just a sick game where anyone is a victim. No one is off limits. He is just an ordinary person to the outside world but in his domain, he is the ultimate chessmaster and everyone is his pawns. That in itself makes this movie grind on your nerves more than anything.
If you like those thrillers that keeps you on the edge of your seat and has those reveals you never see coming, this is the one for you. It is currently streaming on Netflix if you decide to check it out. If you already seen The Rental, feel free to leave your thoughts below!
Till next time, stay scared!
-Tha Thrilla –