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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.


Tommy Stovall


Stuart Flack
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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


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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At about the 50 minute mark, Joyce visits her neighbor. While she is helping her neighbor take off her shoes on the couch you see the beige pillow switch (or flip over) to a maroon pillow. See more »

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Fatal Attraction for the Air BnB generation
26 March 2019 | by geeklegionofdoomSee all my reviews

A lonely widow, Joyce ( Lin Shaye ) decides to rent out her spare rooms to get out of some financial trouble left to her by her late husband. She eventually rents a room to a drifter who may have a shady past. Joyce a fan of Romance novels starts fantasizing about her new tenant, and if things don't go her way, she will make it go her way by any means possible even if it's rather creepy. So what worked?

  • Lin Shaye is excellent in this role, making you feel empathy for her character even when she is going down the darkest of paths. A great performance that is frail but fearsome . Unpredictably manipulative , but still making you want to root for her in some fashion
  • The script aswell takes you on a journey with her character, expertly playing with your emotions towards her character. Kudos too, for not spoon feeding the audience with all the back story for certain events or characters, leading the viewers to fill in some blanks, but not to the point where it's unsatisfying or confusing .
-Confidently directed with great use of light and shadow. Great camera work and a growing sense of tension

What could have been better?
  • The story itself is somewhat predictable and you can see certain events coming a while off
-I'm not sure if i quite bought the 'Sarah' character, whose motivations for snooping around seemed somewhat flimsy

Overall a solid drama / thriller that has shades of Fatal attraction & single white female. Lead by a great turn by Shaye

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Release Date:

7 May 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Sedona, Arizona, USA

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1.78 : 1
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