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Drafthouse Films Nabs The Rights To SXSW Selection CHEAP THRILLS

You guys are going to love this movie.

Drafthouse Films Nabs The Rights To SXSW Selection CHEAP THRILLS

Drafthouse Films is acquiring the rights to Cheap Thrills, the directorial debut from E.L. Katz starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner and Sara Paxton. This movie is going to be right up your alley, my friends, unless it's not and then it's really REALLY not. Healy plays Craig, a very recently unemployed family man facing eviction. He runs into a buddy he hasn't seen since high school, played by a beefy, bearded Embry, and as they proceed to drink Craig's problems away, they encounter a wealthy couple (Koechner and Paxton) who, out of boredom, start offering them money to compete in a series of increasingly appalling dares. It's written by David Chirchirillo and Deadgirl's Trent Haaga, and it definitely shares a sensibility with that film in that it's shocking but not for shock's sake.

The movie's hilarious and black as midnight on a moonless night, and it's got a lot to say about capitalism and the disparity of wealth and how we outgrow our friendships in occasionally damaging ways. It's absolutely fantastic, and I think you guys are going to love it so hard.

Here's how it went down with the acquisition, for some inside baseball fun:

Read on for the press release!

AUSTIN, TX – March 11th, 2013Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, in partnership with Snoot Entertainment, acquired US distribution rights to the twisted dark comedy thriller Cheap Thrills following its world premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival. The directorial debut from E.L. Katz stars Pat Healy (Compliance) as a recently fired father facing eviction who agrees to take on an escalating series of insane challenges in exchange for cash payments from a rich couple with a twisted sense of humor. The film also stars David Koechner (Anchorman 2), Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers), Ethan Embry (Empire Records) and was penned by Trent Haaga (Deadgirl) and David Chirchirillo. A VOD and theatrical release in a minimum of 20 markets is planned.

The film debuted as part of SXSW’s Midnight section where it received praise from critics and thrilled audiences with its unique blend of social morality play, visceral brutality and razor sharp wit. “Class warfare comes perversely home in Cheap Thrills,” says Peter Martin of Twitch Film adding that it is “a fiendish, fierce, and funny morality tale about the true value of money.” James Rocchi at MSN Movies wrote that the film is “cynical, amoral, tense and superbly shot and performed.”

“We are always in search of smart genre fare with defined characters and powerful performances. And we found it in Katz’s uniquely disturbing, funny, and remarkably thrilling film,” says Drafthouse Films founder & CEO Tim League, “we are proud to welcome Cheap Thrills to our roster and we are anxious to unleash it upon unsuspecting audiences.”

"Cheap Thrills is the darkest of comedies and the smartest of thrillers, and we're beyond excited to have a chance to work on this amazing film with Drafthouse Films,” adds Keith Calder, president of Snoot Entertainment.

Producer Travis Stevens says, "Drafthouse Films is a company that built its name on releasing high quality, f'd up genre films. These are exactly the types of films we make. Eager to unleash the lunacy of Evan Katz's directorial debut on to the world with them."

Gabriel Cowan of New Artists Alliance adds “This all star team is sure to find every messed up degenerate that will enjoy this disturbing, hilarious directorial debut.”

The deal was negotiated by Tim League and James Emanuel Shapiro on behalf of Drafthouse Films and Josh Braun and David Koh of Submarine on behalf of the film’s producers.

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