Cheap Thrills was acquired by Drafthouse Films, in partnership with Snoot Entertainment, following its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival where it won the "Midnighters Audience Award." Cinedigm holds rights to the home entertainment distribution rights, including DVD, Blu-Ray, VOD and digital platforms. The directorial debut from E.L. Katz, Cheap Thrills has been hailed as "a black comic masterpiece...brilliant and furious piece of filmmaking" (Drew McWeeny, HitFix) while First Showing says Cheap Thrills is "a dynamite charge of fun."
Drafthouse Films COO James Emanuel Shapiro had this to say in a statement about the VOD release.
Erick Opeka, SVP of Digital Distribution for Cinedigm released his own statement.
iN DEMAND's Emilio Nuñez, SVP, Movies & Original Programming, spoke about the buzz Cheap Thrills has been receiving in his statement.
Cheap Thrills follows Craig (Pat Healy, Compliance), 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 (Ethan Embry, Empire Records). The two friends are roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton, The Innkeepers). 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 was released March 21st, 2014 and stars Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller, Laura Covelli, Elissa Dowling, Val Emanuel. The film is directed by E.L. Katz.