First time director E.L. Katz, known for his collaborations with acclaimed director Adam Wingard on several features as a screenwriter/producer, makes his directorial debut with Cheap Thrills due out on VOD/iTunes February 21st & In Theaters March 21st. The film stars Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner and Sara Paxton.
Cheap Thrills follows Craig 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. The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger along his mysterious wife. 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 upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple’s twisted sense of humor pushes just how far Craig and his friend are willing to go for money and cheap thrills.
Cheap Thrills has a great concept and it will be interesting to see the dark side of David Koechner. After watching this Red Band trailer, which can be seen below, this film has quickly become one of my most anticipated genre films of 2014.