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