The SXSW-screening black comedy-thriller Cheap Thrills has an intriguing cast — including David Koechner, Ethan Embry, Amanda Fuller, and Innkeepers costars Sara Paxton and Pat Healy — and what sounds like an equally interesting dramatic hook. “It’s about two down-on-their luck guys who meet a wealthy couple and over the course of one night they start playing a game,” explains Travis Stevens, the founder of Snowfort Pictures, who produced the film with Gabriel Cowan and John Suits of New Artists Alliance.”We spent two years really working on the script so that when the real dark stuff starts happening the audience are playing along themselves and understand a bit more why the character is doing what he’s doing.”
The directorial debut of E.L. Katz, Cheap Thrills debuts at SXSW this coming Friday as part of the festival’s “Midnighters” strand. But you can exclusively see a still from the film above and the film’s (somewhat risque) teaser trailer below.
Check back later in the week for a Q&A with Travis Stevens in which he talks further about Cheap Thrills, his other SXSW movie Big A– Spider, and much, much more.