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Directed by: E.L. Katz 2013 | 85 min.

Section: HIFF Extreme

Premiere: Hawaii


Sponsored by:

Nella Media Group

In CHEAP THRILLS, Craig (Pat Healy of THE INNKEEPERS), a blue-collar worker struggling to care for his family, loses his job. Upset and defeated, he hits a local bar to have a drink before heading home to break the news to his wife, Audrey (Amanda Fuller of RED, WHITE & BLUE). There he runs into an old high school buddy, Vince (Ethan Embry), and as the two are catching up, a wealthy couple, Colin (David Koechner from ANCHORMAN) and Violet (Sara Paxton, Healy’s co-star in THE INNKEEPERS), approach them. The couple invites the working-class friends to join them, and as the night develops they pay Craig and Vince to complete a series of increasingly disturbing dares. Fueled by their dire financial situations, Craig and Vince begin to turn on each other in sad, funny and gory one-upmanship.

A big hit at this year’s SXSW, CHEAP THRILLS rises above its midnight movie label and delves into human nature in all its debased glory. Sure, it starts off as a drunken, juvenile game of dare, but soon it tests the limits (of the characters and the audience) of what money can buy and how far one would go.

Synopsis written by: Ashley Moreno, Austin Chronicle


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Cast & Crew

Director E.L. Katz
Screenwriter Trent Haaga, David Chirchirillo
Producer Travis Stevens, Gabriel Cowan, John Suits
Executive Producer Gena Wilbur, Curtis Raines
Cast Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller
Cinematographer Sebastian Winterø, Andrew Wheeler
Production Designer Melisa Jusufi
Editor Brody Gusar
Costume Designer Kelsey Stengle
Music Composer Mads Heldtberg
Sound Joe Barrucco

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