‘Maria’s new roommate has a killer personality. Pray she doesn’t meet his other ones.’
Roommate Wanted is a 2020 American comedy horror film about college students that sublease their extra room to an escaped mental patient.
Written and directed by Michael McCartney, produced by McCartney, Gill Holland and Sholpan Murabuldayeva. The movie stars Angelique Sabrina White, MJ Garcia, Jack Shulruff, Ricky Cruz and Isabela Valotti. Features signature music and songs by the punk band GRLwood.
After two college students unintentionally sublease their extra bedroom to a violent escaped mental patient with multiple personalities, they find themselves battling for survival against the many faces of white male rage that manifest and threaten them in their home…
“Roommate Wanted is a horror comedy horror movie nerds are going to want to see. It’s funny, it’s full of thrills, and it’s incredibly entertaining. Is the movie flawed? A bit, yes. But the good outweighs the iffy by a mile […] It’s awesome.” 411 Mania
“Roommate Wanted is a fun, young, horror flick that has great characters, a rocking soundtrack featuring scream-pop band GRLwood, and also addressed social issues of white male anger and LGBT identity. It is a suspense thriller marketed as a horror-comedy, and though there were some comedic characters, it is not laugh out loud funny, nor over-the-top in antics.” Horror Buzz
“McCartney delivers his brand of artistry in showing relatable characters put into frightening situations and see how they come out on the other end. While the end of the film brings satisfaction and a reason for why Dean chose this home out of all the others that no doubt was seeking a viable tenant, it also delivers an unsettling question that will leave one desiring answers.” Horror Media
“The script is crisp, with witty, contemporary-sounding dialogue, and McCartney, a twenty year-plus veteran in front of and behind the camera, directs the blood-soaked festivities with a sure hand, balancing horror and social satire with seeming effortlessness. The movie’s solid production values […] belie its modest budget.” Jim Dixon
“Overall Roommate Wanted is a good film that feels like it suffers from multiple personalities itself as it shifts abruptly from lightweight drama and social comedy to humorless and grim horror. It’s a good first feature for Michael McCartney after several shorts, and the mostly unfamiliar cast, including Isabela Valotti (The Lost End) as Ricky’s girlfriend Lucy, deliver performances that should get them noticed as well.” Voices from the Balcony
Not to be confused with several other movies also named Roommate Wanted.
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