Room For Rent isn’t really a horror, but if you are a fan of Lin Shaye, you might enjoy this bizarre twisted drama.
Lonely widow Joyce rents out a room in her house and becomes dangerously obsessed with one of her mysterious guest.
The Review (Spoiler Free)
I really enjoyed this strange, sad, laughable, and twisted film. It has a lot of the truisms of life embedded in it. Room For Rent isn’t a horror, but it is still very entertainning. It does have bit of bizarre Hitchcock-ish feel to the movie.
Room For Rent centers around Joyce character and Lin Shay is excellent in this role. Joyce is complicated character. She makes you feel empathy for her character even when she is going down the darkest of paths. She is frail, but fearsome . She is unpredictably manipulative, but still making you want to root for her in some fashion.
The story is well written and the casts give great performances. But the movie does have bit of ‘Lifetime’ after dark TV movie feel to it, and the pace is very slow and mundane even for a drama. That being said, performance of Lin Shaye makes the movie very entertainning.
The ending is bit of anticlimactic. Some may be confused about the ending. But if you pay attention to the Joyce character, you know exactly what is going on at the end of the movie. (See Ending Explained below.)
Room For Rent will please Lin Shaye’s fans. As always, her acting is top notch. If you are a horror fans, this one might be disappointing. There aren’t any gore or violence at all. But all the makings for a good movie are here.
Ending Explained (Spoiler Warning!)
The movie starts with death of Joyce’s husband. We don’t know much about her husband and how he died. But she seems to be genuinely sad by death of her husband and she seems lost.
In the beginning, Joyce characters appears to be very verniable and weak. But as the movie progress, we are slowly revealed very complicated and dark side of Joyce’s character.
We know that Joyce was in a marriage with very stubborn and difficult man for very long time, and she was in very unhappy the marriage. I am sure, over time, she felt she has been wasting her life with this difficult man. So when her husband died, she decided to make up for life that she never had. We don’t know how the husband died, but I won’t be surprised if she decided to kill her husband by faking an accident to get out of her dreadful marriage.
But after her husband died, she realized that her husband was broke and she had no money. So she got the idea of starting a Bed and Breakfast business from her home.
I am sure Joyce was also lonely woman, so when Sarah came along, she was happy to make a new friend. When she first met her, she was with a stubborn boyfriend who she reminded me of her late-husband. Later we found out that Sarah broke up with him. Perhaps, Joyce has something to do with her breaking up? It is very possible.
The story starts to develop when the mysteirous man rented the room. Joyce got obsessed with him. He was the outlet of romanceless marriage she has with her husband for a long time. But when she found out he got Sarah pregnant, she got jealous and decided to kill everyone. Well, except for her baby.
In the last scene, when Joyce went to vacation and left the entire house to Sarah, she discovered the mysterious locked room. It turned out that this mysterious locked room was her baby’s room. So Joyce’s plan was to come back 9 months later after Sarah has her baby. Then kill Sarah, take her baby, and raise her as her own since she never had her own baby. We learned earlier in the movie that she always wanted have her own baby. In fact, she was once pregnant, but when her husband found out, he was furious So he made her “get rid” of it.
In the Nutshell
Overall, Room For Rent isn’t a horror, but if you are a fan of Lin Shaye, she is fantastic in this movie. [4 out of 5 stars]
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Genre: Horror Drama
Rottentomatoes Rating: 82% | 38%
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Nice review, I completely agree with your rating of 4/5 stars. Certainly wasnt perfect but it was definitely a real good movie. I thought it had a very captivating plot and Joyce’s character was done so well. So well in fact, I actually cringed many times because of how well she acted out the jealous old woman.
Interesting film. I already knew the ending that she goes away until the baby is born, and gets rid of the mother so she can bring him/her up on her own
I’ve always enjoyed Lin Shaye in other movies, but here, she shows that she really has the chops for serious roles! It’s about time that the horror/thriller/suspense genre writers were made aware that it’s OK to cast someone who is out of their teens, and hasn’t a particle of silicone in their body.
Lin Shaye’s portrait a very good performance..