Watch: Wild SXSW Midnight Film 'Cheap Thrills' International Trailer
"You will never forget this night." What kind of odd, violent, wild debauchery have we stumbled across this time? Drafthouse Films is releasing the SXSW Midnight feature Cheap Thrills, directed by E.L. Katz and starring Pat Healy, hopefully later this year. The concept involves a rich guy, Dave Koechner, giving money to two guys who do dumb things while trying to have the night of their lives. It's described as a thriller with a "unique blend of social morality play, visceral brutality and razor sharp wit." I haven't heard much buzz, aside from raves at AICN, but this honestly doesn't look great. Or maybe it's just not my cup of tea, oh well.
Cheap Thrills is the directorial debut from E.L. Katz and stars Pat Healy (seen in Compliance) as a recently fired father facing eviction who agrees to take on an escalating series of insane challenges in exchange for cash payments from a rich couple with a twisted sense of humor. The film also stars David Koechner, Sara Paxton, Ethan Embry and was penned by Trent Haaga (Deadgirl) and David Chirchirillo. It first premiered at this year's SXSW Film Festival in the Midnighters category, and was eventually picked up by Drafthouse Films. E.L. Katz's Cheap Thrills will be released in theaters and VOD later this year/early next year, but no official US date has been set yet. For more updates on Cheap Thrills, visit drafthousefilms.com.