Rent-a-Pal

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Rent-A-Pal suffers from untapped thematic potential, but Wil Wheaton's unsettling performance makes this unique horror story worth watching.

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Movie Info

A strange VHS tape allows a lonely bachelor named David to find companionship with Andy -- its charming and charismatic host. However, Andy's friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission.

Cast & Crew

Brian Landis Folkins
David
Kathleen Brady
Lucille
Amy Rutledge
Lisa
Josh Staab
Cameraman
Jon Stevenson
Screenwriter
Annie Baker
Producer
Raphael Margules
Executive Producer
Scott Park
Cinematographer
Jon Stevenson
Film Editor
Jimmy Weber
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Critic Reviews for Rent-A-Pal

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  • Wil Wheaton plays one of the scariest villains of the year in Jon Stevenson's brilliant Rent-A-Pal.

    September 11, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Rent-A-Pal goes full-tilt mayhem in its final act, shattering its carefully calibrated dread in a race to make an already belabored point: that technological advancements are to be questioned, and there is no substitute for human connection.

    September 11, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Danette Chavez

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  • Expertly keeps you on edge.

    September 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This thriller, the debut feature from Jon Stevenson - who not only wrote, produced and directed it, but was also the editor - does a lot of things well. Or almost well. But finally, not well enough.

    September 10, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Rent-a-Pal is an understated gem, and deserves a huge audience for all its principals, dealing with a subject that is rarely touched upon by mainstream cinema.

    October 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Stevenson's script... is smart in the dialog but wavers in its structure, and could have benefited from a leaner edit before shooting.

    October 23, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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