USA, 2013 (MIFF 2013, Night Shift)
Director: E L Katz
"Playing like the mutant offspring of Harold Pinter and Quentin Tarantino, yet fueled by its own distinctive strain of darkly comic misanthropy [Cheap Thrills is] capable of eliciting gasps of shock and awe from an audience." – Variety
Craig is already suffering financial woes when he's laid off. Depressed, he stops in at a cheap bar, where he runs into his high-school friend Vince. Falling into the company of the ultra-rich Colin and his trophy wife, the pair accept a series of increasingly insane dares for money they desperately need. But as the money increases, so do the trials … with gruesome results!
Voted the Midnight Films audience favourite at the SXSW Film Festival, Cheap Thrills is a daring, dangerous indie starring David Koechner (Anchorman), Pat Healy and Sara Paxton (both from The Innkeepers, MIFF 2011). Mercilessly and hilariously satirising modern-day American values, it takes its grotesque brutality to the extreme - and then some.
"Masterful and nuanced … a 100% can't miss film for any viewer that wants to be sickened, surprised and impressed." – Bloody Disgusting
D EL Katz P Gabriel Cowan, Curtis Raines, Jonathan Schurgin, Travis Stevens, John Suits, Jon D. Wagner, Gena Wilbur S David Chirchirillo, Trent Haaga Dist Madman Entertainment TD DCP/2013