Cheap Thrills

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USA | 2013 | 85 Minutes | E.L. Katz

April 3 - 9, 2014

Ends Weds Apr 9 | A Midnight Adrenaline hit from SIFF 2013, this fiendishly black comedy follows a pair of friends at desperate ends who engage in a game of dares and degradation for financial reward, and find that it quickly escalates to outrageous and unnerving heights.

Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance, The Innkeepers) is a struggling family man who has just lost his job and is threatened with eviction. After running into an old friend (Ethan Embry) at the local bar, they get roped into a series of drinks and innocent dares by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) and his mysterious, gorgeous wife (Sara Paxton, The Innkeepers). The couple starts bringing more and more money into play, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries, and their twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.

"Jackass Meets Michael Haneke" - Eric Kohn, Indiewire

"A masterful and nuanced bit of horror satire...A 100% can’t miss film for any viewer that wants to be sickened, surprised and impressed." - Evan Dickson, Bloody Disgusting

"A black comic masterpiece... a brilliant, brutal, furious piece of filmmaking...I feel downright evangelical about it." - Drew McWeeny, HitFix

A guarantee from Drafthouse Films CEO, Tim League:
"If you don't like this movie, I will refund your purchase out of my own pocket, buy you a beer and let you slap me as hard as you want in the face."
(Note: You must attend Fantastic Fest 2014 to claim your refund)

  • Director: E.L. Katz
  • Principal Cast: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 85 Minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • US Distributor: Drafthouse Films