Cheap Thrills (2013) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date: 2013
  • Genre: Torture
  • Cast and crew: Pat Healy, Sara Paxton, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, Amanda Fuller, Laura Covelli, Todd Farmer, Elissa Dowling, Eric Neil Gutierrez, Ruben Pla, Claudia Salinas, Brighton Sharbino, Eli McLaughlin
  • Director: E.L. Katz
  • Screenwriter: David Chirchirillo, Trent Haaga

Cheap Thrills (2013)Rating:

  • Ronan = 5 / 10;
  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 7 / 10;
  • IMDb = 6.7 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 8.9 / 10;

Cheap Thrills (2013) Synopsis:

Two friends encounter a strange couple willing to pay them large amounts of money to accomplish a series of sick and silly challenges.

Cheap Thrills (2013) Review:

Cheap Thrills is similar to Would You Rather or 13 Sins, a movie featuring characters involved in sick and bloody “games”. However, I found this one to be more elaborated in the way the “game” is presented, and there is, at least, an attempt to build a story around it.

The movie starts with these two friends meeting a mysterious couple in a bar. The game is then introduced in a very subtle way and, at first, the audience will not even notice that it is a game. There is just a feeling that something is really wrong – and that feeling won’t go away for the 80 minutes of uneasiness that the movie creates. The movie is suspenseful, well written and never boring, making Cheap Thrills an easy watch. It also has good dialogue and good actors (including Sarah Paxton).

The games themselves are nothing really new, but they are numerous and go gradually sicker, from simply drinking a shot of tequila to cutting one’s own finger. The end is clever and ends in a morally satisfying conclusion, something that tends to lack in this type of “challenge-oriented movies”.


Alongside Saw, I sincerely think that Cheap Thrills is one of the best game-horror movies to be found.

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