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In a deviant gangster satire, petty criminals operate a shady video rental store. Forget about gallows humor, 24 Hour Rental is black comedy two weeks after the execution.



Twisted new comedy series 24 HOUR RENTAL has been infecting the city of Hamilton, Ontario, spreading a network of crackhouses and crime scenes, brothels and bloodbaths. Stitching together Clerks and Sopranos, the half-hour satire is a gangster show that's been vivisected and jolted back to life with black magic and meth amphetamine. Directed by George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine, The Street, Omerta, Race to Mars) and starring Romano Orzari (Nikita, The Listener, Omerta, Durham County, White House Down), Michael Biehn (Aliens, The Terminator, The Abyss), and Mike Smith (Trailer Park Boys), the 13 episode series—festering with viral potential—will air on Super Channel in 2013.


Plot outline

24 HOUR RENTAL follows Tracker (Orzari), a former Mafia boss. Having barely avoided an early retirement in a shallow grave, he now operates a seedy video store. Struggling to stay afloat in the Internet age, Tracker runs his shop as a front for a host of petty crimes—from fencing jewellery to peddling dope cut with Drano and desperation—all in hopes of returning to power.

Showrunner's Vision

Fuck heroes.

That's a line from our show, but it’s also our philosophy. At least when it comes to TV and movie heroes. Breaking Bad is five wonderful seasons of methed-out misery porn. The good guys in Sons of Anarchy are gun-runners fighting drug dealers, which means we're basically staring at a prison riot and pretending it’s one of Aesop’s fables. Dexter wears a threadbare cloak of moral justification like the skin of a dead hooker. And people still keep watching Scarface not to absorb its message of power and corruption but as a primer to pimping their assault weapons with gold plate and diamond studs. So many violent, unstable misogynists have their own shows it’s like we’re using the sex offender registry as a focus group.


So we screwed with our own heroes. We didn't make a gangster show. We made a show to take the piss out of gangster shows and anti-heroes. It’s about the hard-on we get when reruns of The Sopranos comes on. We made a series that takes familiar gangster themes and bloats them to the point of absurdity. And when they pop like blisters, we hope the bloody spray tickles. Because it’s a comedy, right? We’re doing satire here, not preach. Even if we tried to get on a soapbox, it’d be full of the lye serial killers use to dissolve bodies.  You’re supposed to laugh. Or at least gag in a way that sounds like a chuckle.


The point of our show is not just to entertain, but to shock, in the purest sense of the word. We’re going for the comedy of outrage, hoping to irritate the same people who hate Louis CK, Daniel Tosh and Dave Chappelle. We want to jolt your system, hit your conscience in the teeth. We try to keep things light, sure, but sometimes a claw hammer is a lot more effective than a dainty touch. This is social satire, incisive and brutal, Jonathan Swift slit open with rusty scalpels.


It’s not subtle. But that’s the idea. Pop culture’s already full of all kinds of racist, violent, sexist bullshit, all crammed into every episode of 2Broke Girls, Banshee, or whatever else is passing itself off as edgy. Satirizing the worship of amorality, misanthropy and cruelty, means going as far as you can without accidentally slapping a laugh track on a hate crime.


So, we ended up with a pretty nasty black comedy, and we’ve got no problem with that. But don’t get us wrong. This isn’t the kind of show that bitches that “political correctness” has gone too far—the only people who say that are old fart CEOs pissed off they can’t finger-bang their secretaries at the staff Christmas party. We want you to be offended when you laugh – and think about what’s pissing you off. We want you to love our anti-heroes—and feel just a little ashamed about it. And we want you to have fun. Horrible, terrifying, anarchic, weird and sadistic fun. Think of it as an amusement park where all the carnies are serial killers on bad acid. It might not always be pleasant, but it’s going to be a hell of a ride. So fuck heroes. You won’t find any of them here.


24 Hour Rental - Episode 1 - Tracker's Monologue

24 Hour Rental - Episode 2 - Ace's Monologue

24 Hour Rental - Episode 3 - Sarah's Monologue

24 Hour Rental - Episode 4 - Paul's Monologue

24 Hour Rental - Episode 5 - Kevin's Monologue

24 Hour Rental - Episode 6 - Buzz's Monologue

24 Hour Rental - Promo

24 Hour Rental - Super Channel Promo

24 Hour Rental - Opening Titles







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