Dave Franco Chats About His Unsettling Directorial Debut “The Rental”


When it was first announced that actor Dave Franco was going to be making his feature directorial debut with a horror film he’d co-written with Joe Swanberg, it was…surprising. After all, Franco is known for comedy more so than other genres, and horror did not initially seem like something you’d expect from him. Then again, that’s part of what appealed to him. Last week, he was kind enough to take a brief few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk to me about the horror he loves, why he chose to make this flick, and more. With his movie The Rental coming out tomorrow (my very positive review can be found here), we now present to you that chat.

Below you can find my conversation with Franco. We didn’t have a lot of time, but we did our best to make the most of it. I was very curious about why he chose to make this, how he cast the project, and what interests him in horror, so that was the focus of our short but sweet chat. Give it a listen, and be sure to check out The Rental this weekend. As I said in my review, it’s a wildly confident and effective directorial debut for him, while on the whole just being a unique horror film that will chill you to your core. The movie works in a big way, and starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to see for yourself. For now, listen to our discussion and have fun…

Here now is my interview with Dave Franco. Enjoy:

Be sure to check out The Rental, on VOD tomorrow!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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