Smarmy jerkface finally gets what-for. ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY interviews Pat Healy about CHEAP THRILLS
RIP Harold Ramis. My dad took me to see STRIPES on my 10th birthday. But truth be told, I had been a fan of his on SCTV since I was 7. His importance in my formation as a person and artist cannot be calculated.
The great Tim League has unlocked the first dare.
Go to Cheapthrillsmovie.com to make us do other horrible things.
Re-gram from @katarinag. I did a Skype q&a from my apartment to a CHEAP THRILLS screening in Toronto and then they took a picture of me and sent it back and now you can see it!
You can watch CHEAP THRILLS today on VOD if you have Comcast, Time-Warner on Cox Cable. All other VOD will be released simultaneously with the theatrical release on 3/21. Check it out!
Cheap Thrills (2014)
There’s no such thing as a quick buck. Or maybe there is, if you’re willing to lose a little bit of your soul in the process. That’s the central conceit of Cheap Thrills, a pitch black comedy about how far people are willing to go for a little cash.
Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Compliance) stars as Craig, a down on his luck mechanic who has just lost his job and received an eviction notice on the same day. He’s a man in desperate need of cash or else his wife and baby will be out on the street, so he does what any sensible person would do: he decides to drink away the day at the bar, where he just so happens to run into his old friend Vince played Ethan Embry (That Thing You Do!, Can’t Hardly Wait). While trading war stories about their bad situations, both men are approached by Colin and Violet (David Koechner and Sara Paxton respectively), a couple who are out for Violet’s birthday on a desperate search for entertainment. Craig and Vince are invited back to the happy couple’s home, where they are asked to play a game neither of them could have prepared for. Colin offers them increasingly larger sums of money for what starts off as innocent dares, but ones that become increasingly darker and more depraved as the night goes on. How far will Craig and Vince go to dig themselves out of their own financial holes? Or more importantly, what won’t they do for money?
This movie is as dark and twisted as they come. E.L.Katz, who makes his film debut as director here, has captured a truly bleak comedy that managed to make me gag as much as it made me laugh. Sure, there are some deeper issues here; especially if you were to get into the whole socio-political ramifications of the well to do’s forcing those who are in need to deprave themselves for pure entertainment, but the film isn’t necessarily concerned with all of that (which is not to say it doesn’t play a role, it’s just not the absolute main focal point).
The writers (David Chirchirillo and Trent Haaga) should be commended for creating such three dimensional characters, because when you bring in elements as dark as those featured in this film, it’d be very easy for the actors to slide into caricatures without such strong material to draw from. In that same vein, I’d also like to point out what a quiet force Pat Healy is as an actor. He manages to make you feel both pity and anger at Craig at the same time. It’s a pretty impressive turn for Healy, and he’s definitely a star on the rise. Sara Paxton also shines in her role as Violet, a character who in lesser hands could have easily faded into the background as the proceedings get increasingly complex. It’s great to see her and Healy reunited in a film, after playing such endearing characters in 2011’s The Innkeepers.
A colleague of mine, who did not enjoy the film as much as I did, remarked afterwards that they did not need to see some of the horrible things that go on in the movie. I politely disagreed and said, “You know what, a sick part of me did.” Let that stand as a warning to you out there who are amongst the faint of heart, this isn’t the film for you. However, if you are feeling adventurous, or you’re in the mood to laugh till you wince, or maybe you’re looking for a film to show all of your friends at what I would consider a really awesome movie party, I really think you should give this film a chance. After all, it was one of my favorite films of 2013. So seek this out, be it in theaters or on demand, because this is definitely a film you won’t want to sleep on.
4 out of 5 Flaming Skulls
- Gavin Mevius
Cheap Thrills hits on demand tomorrow Feb 21, 2014, and starts a theatrical run on March 21st.
This dude gets it.
Ethan Embry explains why he originally bet Pat Healy that Cheap Thrills was “going to be a piece of !#@$.”