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IFC Midnight unveils trailer and poster for VHS-based fright film “RENT-A-PAL”

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

Retro video is the basis of the plot of this psychothriller, which is coming next month.

IFC Midnight releases RENT-A-PAL, written and directed by Jon Stevenson, in select theaters and on digital and cable VOD September 11. Brian Landis Folkins, Wil Wheaton, Kathleen Brady and Amy Rutledge star; the synopsis: “Set in 1990, a lonely bachelor named David [Folkins] searches for an escape from the day-to-day drudgery of caring for his aging mother [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 [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.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.