Cheap Thrills is an extremely entertaining little flick I saw a couple years back. It’s one of those movies that takes a simple concept and keeps upping the ante. And just when you think they can’t up it any more, yep, they up it again. It’s not a typical horror movie per se, but it’s pretty honked up, so I think it fits the bill. But trust me, it’s honked up in the most jovial of ways. The premise is simple. Two down-on-their-luck guys that were friends back in high school randomly reconnect one night in a bar. There, they meet an extremely wealthy couple that challenges them to a series of friendly dares to “have some fun.” Things start simple, but before you know it, the dares get more and more aggressive and outlandish (as do the financial payouts). You really don’t know how far it’s going to go. There are some truly disturbing and cringe-worthy scenes. But it’s a strange combo of being completely disgusted, yet somehow smiling and even laughing as well. That’s the charm of this movie. It somehow keeps you smiling even while you’re watching the most depraved shit. A big key to this is the cast. Pat Healy and Ethan Embry play off each other great as the two pawns, but honestly it’s David Koechner and Sara Paxton’s movie. Koechner in particular is a freaking delight to watch on screen. He’s got such an energy about him that I felt like I would have taken some of his dares on too. And speaking of that, watch this in a group. Seriously. That way you can gage to see who in the group would have done some of the dares, and who wouldn’t. It’s a fantastic group movie… for those depraved souls like us who are into this kind of thing. Luckily, I fit the bill. And I will say there are a few of the dares I definitely would do, and a few I definitely would NOT.