Cheap Thrills (2014)
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There are satisfying echoes of Stephen King's sly black humour in this deliciously nasty comedy thriller.
Strikes an astute balance between a simply engaging dark thriller and a trenchant piece of social commentary. Also it's a lot of fun.
Cheap Thrills lives up to its name, and like many of life's guilty pleasures, it wouldn't be a surprise if audiences wanted another helping.
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.
Audience Reviews for Cheap Thrills
I think that those who rated this movie particularly highly wanted to embrace a film that puts the unthinkable on film but it is purely sensationalist at its heart. Some films were just never supposed to be made.
I know we're supposed to laugh along as the two lead characters are humiliated and debased, but I can't help but feel violated by director E.L. Katz as the film delves into the twisted and depraved.
Cheap Thrills is a great thrill and gives the viewer a run for its money (no pun intended). With $250k up for grab, it's up to Pat Healy and Ethan Embry's characters to battle it out, bet for bet, to see who takes home more cash by the end of a crazy night. Sara Paxton and David Koechner play the convincing eccentric married couple who are literally getting their cheap thrills through the other two. I like the four person cast. It keeps things focused and localized and on point. As each bet gets wilder and more dangerous, more money is on the line. Things start out innocently enough before the tide turns half way through the movie to violence and sadistic pranks.
It's really dark humor for a film about a man who is married looking to support a wife and child after getting fired from his already low-paying job going against a former high school friend who is a borderline criminal.
Big blockbusters don't always hold the sway of the audience compared to complete films like these independents do. At a quick hour and 20 minutes, Cheap Thrills gets you from point A to point B in a fun, slightly disturbing, romp over the course of one night to see who wins the grand prize.
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