Cheap Thrills
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Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Inkeepers). The couple engages the two friends in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are satisfying echoes of Stephen King's sly black humour in this deliciously nasty comedy thriller."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"If Cheap Thrills ultimately does carry us along, it's due largely to Healy's performance and presence."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Gird your stomach for Cheap Thrills, a bloody but enjoyably ironic horror which enters that queasy zone where Michael Haneke's Funny Games meets a reality-TV bush tucker trial."
‑ Kate Muir, Times [UK]
"Comedies don't get much more pitch-black than this fiendishly clever film, which will shift into horror for everyone in the audience, although that tipping point varies for each person."
‑ Rich Cline,
"The blackest and most twisted of twisted black comedies, surely destined to become that indistinct phenomenon, a cult hit."
‑ Brian Viner, Daily Mail [UK]
"Screenwriters David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga pose a simple question -- how much will a person degrade himself to make ends meet? -- but it's a potent one, at least for those of us who ponder it every Monday through Friday."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"You should watch it as a twisted comedy. Those who do will be rewarded, especially by the film's outlandish final image."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"The film makes the most of its premise and small cast, zipping from low-budget drama to sick black comedy to gruesome thriller."
‑ Stephen Danay, Under the Radar
"You can take the result as either smart satire or sick schlock - frankly, it works on both scores."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"The film-makers' undisguised glee in the revolting catalogue of horrors is a delight to behold, and the sense of naked misanthropy is queasily invigorating throughout."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Let's just say it takes a dim view of human nature that seems well supported by the evidence, and that if you have an appetite for fatalistic, dirty-minded gore you won't be disappointed."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"To describe them would diminish their impact, but there are several occasions where it is tough to keep looking at the screen. Yet, thanks to the characters and their portrayals, you can't really look away, either."
‑ Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
"Director EL Katz ratchets up the tension effectively as the game gets ever more sickeningly dark, but it's his cast's fine performances that keep us watching and give this far-fetched tale a degree of emotional plausibility."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"E L Katz's film delivers exactly what the title promises. It is a very bloody, very violent fairground ride of a movie that ratchets up the tension as its two hapless anti-heroes compete desperately for money."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"It's a thought-provoking ride, particularly in a post-financial crisis world where a combination of desperation and temptation can make anyone consider doing the unthinkable."
‑ Jeremy Aspinall, This is London
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