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Room for Rent (2019)

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Lonely widow Joyce rents out a room in her house and becomes dangerously obsessed with one of her guests.

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Stuart Flack
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lin Shaye ... Joyce
Oliver Rayon ... Bob
Valeska Miller ... Sarah
Ryan Ochoa ... Wayne
Linda Cushma ... Gladys
Casey Nicholas Price ... Edward (as Casey Nicholas-Price)
Tonya June Moore Tonya June Moore ... Sheila
Michael Harrelson ... Wes
Jose Rosete ... Dr. Singh
Justin Roberts ... Gregory
Trevor Stovall ... Xander
Jule Johnson ... Mailman
Shondra Jepperson Shondra Jepperson ... Waitress
Michael Lopez Michael Lopez ... Delivery Man
Greg Joseph ... Minister
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Lonely widow Joyce rents out a room in her house and becomes dangerously obsessed with one of her guests.

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All she wanted was a decent man.

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English

Release Date:

23 February 2019 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Sedona, Arizona, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Jorge Manuel (Gregario) died shortly after release of the film. It was his first and final feature at the young age of 43. May he rest in piece. See more »

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My Review Of "Room For Rent"
2 June 2019 | by ASouthernHorrorFanSee all my reviews

"Room For Rent" entices a thriller akin to "Single White Female" or "Hush". A dark and cold killer masking as a loving, comforting matriarchal figure. And to some extent it is. Only the thriller angle is soft spoken and not at all dark. The concept is, but the execution is not. There is no tension or suspense in Joyce's transition from caring to psychotic impulse. To Lin Shaye's credit though, her character portrayal is compelling.

The story is well written and the cast give great performances as these somewhat tragic characters. As a dramatic character study, "Room For Rent" is a perfect 'Lifetime' after dark TV movie. As a full on psychological thriller, the film fails to take off. The pace is too slow and mundane to ever rise above the melodrama. That being said, when Joyce does snap it is quick, and cruel and delicious. The problem is there is no real build to those moments and when it's over the tone goes straight back to sheer melodrama.

The horror elements are minimal in "Room For Rent". Very little violence happens aside from the typical pedestrian concepts. A pillow, a frying pan, and not much else. I think most of the nightmare takes place in Joyce's head, unfortunately it never gets fleshed out. When those moments do happen they are great glimpses into the psychological thriller this should be. Lin Shaye is great at bringing a little needed darkness and cruelty to the scene.

"Room For Rent" will be please Lin Shaye fans, she gives her character as much as she can. As always, her acting is queen. As for horror fans looking for a wicked psychological thrill ride, this one will disappoint. It will have an audience, the writing and acting is quality. All the makings for a good movie are here, its just they came together as a dark drama and not a real horror movie. Check it out if you really enjoy Shaye, but leave it if you want some psycho madness murder mayhem.


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