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How far would you go to make some money from an eccentric rich guy? Would you attack your best friend? What about a friend that you haven’t seen in a while? More to the point, would you risk looking like Pat Healy’s character Craig in the new poster seen above for E.L. Katz’s directorial debut Cheap Thrills? The widely talked about thriller not only revealed another character poster and a set of stills, but now you’ll be able to see the film even sooner than originally planned! And no one is going to hit you for it!

Nothing is more colorful than blood pouring down teeth, and Drafthouse Films only gets involved with the most colorful flicks out there; they’ve announced an exclusive release this February 21 through the Movies on Demand service on Time Warner Cable, Comcast, Cox Communications and Bright House Networks. The previously announced March 21 release is still good for its limited theatrical run as well as the plethora of other VOD sites on the Internet. Cheap Thrills giving home audiences actual cheap thrills through pay TV? I’m interested. Let’s ask Ethan Embry’s character poster if it’s interested.

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I can’t tell. The film follows Craig running into an old friend Vince (Embry) at a local dive, where he’s drinking in depression after losing his job and being threatened with the eviction from his and his family’s home. David Koechner and Sara Paxton play an extremely wealthy and exhibitionist couple who don’t mind throwing money at the two friends as they engage in an increasingly challenging game of dares. Of course, what starts out as funny and weird turns into something far more sinister and greed-driven. I’d like to say I wouldn’t partake in this kind of behavior, but if I picture my challenger as the head of a credit card company calling me about my debt, it gets a little easier.

Here are a few of the stills, the rest of which you can find over at ShockTillYouDrop. I’m guessing it doesn’t take long for someone to put a knife to Koechner’s throat.

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While Katz’s involvement in the upcoming anthology The ABCs of Death 2 probably won’t get a wide theatrical release, here’s hoping this film does well enough on VOD to warrant a bigger project for the talented filmmaker. Check out the red band trailer below.



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