IFC Midnight has revealed the official poster and trailer for their catastrophic retro horror, RENT-A-PAL, which you can check out below.
Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David (Brian Landis Folkins) searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother (Kathleen Brady). While seeking a partner through a video dating service, he discovers a strange VHS tape called RENT-A-PAL. Hosted by the charming and charismatic Andy (Wil Wheaton), the tape offers him much-needed company, compassion, and friendship. But, Andy’s friendship comes at a cost, and David desperately struggles to afford the price of admission.
The film stars Brian Landis Folkins (Hoax), Wil Wheaton (Stand By Me, Into The Dark’s Pooka Lives), Kathleen Brady (“Breaking Bad”), and Amy Rutledge (Neighbor). Inspired by real-life VHS tape ‘RENT-A-FRIEND: THE ORIGINAL VIDEO COMPANION’, a response to loneliness in the analog era.
The retro Tinder nightmare RENT-A-PAL is written and directed by Jon Stevenson. Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jon Stevenson has been a filmmaker since his formative years. In 2011, production started on Incubator, directed by Jimmy Weber and shot by Jon Stevenson. The short film went into a long and successful festival run, leading Weber to a relationship with Boulderlight Pictures. Stevenson would later film EAT, Weber’s directorial debut in 2014, which sold to The Orchard (now Mad Dimension). Parallel to filmmaking, Jon Stevenson also co-founded and operated a small video production company in Denver, producing hundreds of local corporate and industrial video content for various clients. In 2017, he left his company and started writing RENT-A-PAL.
RENT-A-PAL was produced by Annie Elizabeth Baker, Jimmy Weber, Jon Stevenson of Pretty People Pictures, alongside J.D. Lifshitz and Raphael Margules of BoulderLight Pictures.
Feeling lonely? RENT-A-PAL will be available in select theaters, Digital, and Cable Video On Demand on September 11, 2020.
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