TORONTO: Pacific Northwest Pictures announced today that they have acquired all Canadian rights to E.L. Katz’s breakout hit CHEAP THRILLS from international sales company Films Distribution. The film was recently awarded the “New Flesh Award” for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal and PNP will release the film theatrically in Canada day-and-date with Drafthouse’s U.S. release, which is planned for first quarter of 2014.   

CHEAP THRILLS tells the story of a new father facing eviction whose life is turned upside down when he meets a wealthy couple who offer a path to a better life...but at a price.  Starring David Koechner, Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, and Sara Paxton,  CHEAP THRILLS is directed by E.L. Katz from a script by Trent Haaga, and produced by Gabriel Cowan, Travis Stevens and John Suits.  

Following its world premiere at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, the film has garnered rave reviews from critics and fans alike.  Variety hailed the film as a “thoroughly nasty piece of work” that plays “like the mutant offspring of Harold Pinter and Quentin Tarantino, yet fueled by its own distinctive strain of darkly comic misanthropy.” Horror website Bloody called it a “masterful and nuanced bit of horror satire,” while the Hollywood Reporter called it “acidly funny” and promised that “few will be bored.”    The film has also garnered awards at every turn.  At its SXSW debut the film was won the Audience Award, and at the Boston Underground Film Festival it won the DIRECTOR'S CHOICE feature award.