Cheap Thrills (I) (2013)

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A scheming couple put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening at a local bar.


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  • Ethan Embry and Pat Healy in Cheap Thrills (2013)
  • David Koechner in Cheap Thrills (2013)
  • Sara Paxton in Cheap Thrills (2013)
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10 November 2013 | outdoorcats
A funny, brutal shocker
Pat Healey of The Innkeepers fame plays a family man and blue collar worker who receives an eviction notice and is laid off on the same day. On the way home, he runs into an old friend at a bar, and the two of them run into an eccentric rich couple played by David Koechner and Sara Paxton (again of The Innkeepers) who propose a twisted series of games for money at their private residence.

To compete against each other for large rewards, Craig and Vince engage in more and more disturbing acts of depravity, self-mutilation and moral bankruptcy.

This is a shocker, and a hard-to-watch one at that. What keeps it bearable is that it's a very FUNNY shocker, particularly with Koechner providing most of the black comedy.

Ultimately this is an allegorical haves-and-have-nots tale that looks at the lengths people will go to in the name of financial desperation. The climax is disturbing and had me doing some sharp self-reflection. Not bad for a first-time director and a tiny budget.

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