Cheap Thrills (2014)

Well, keeping the new release train rolling on with something a little fucked up…

This one … is a little bit different. I would call this a funnier version of the recent release “Would You Rather”. It definitely lingers over in the Black Comedy territory, and is a pretty dark movie indeed.

A scheming couple put a struggling family man and his old friend through a series of increasingly twisted dares over the course of an evening at a local bar.

A pretty straight forward premise that delivers a pretty watchable movie. The characters are pretty likeable considering the horrible things they do to each other. And a small cast, Pat Healy (The Innkeepers) and David Koechner (Anchorman) deliver some pretty solid performances, and over all they have a pretty engaging chemistry with each other.

The movie is definitely dark, and a few (one) of the places it goes it seems to go just for the shock value. If you’re not one who deals with dead animals well in movies, this would be one to avoid. You don’t see anything happen to the dog, but it still manages to make you think you have.

All in all though, the movie is effective and pulls the story off quite well. Better (in my opinion) than Would You Rather did.

It’s very violent, gets pretty bleak, and still manages to be funny somehow.

I don’t have a ton more to say about this one, it’s pretty straight forward. If it’s the kind of movie you enjoy, then you’ll like it. I personally liked it, and would like to say check it out. It’s well shot, slick and fast.

Watch it, or don’t.

Final Grade : B



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