Cheap Thrills was screened at Cinema Village in Manhattan this weekend with introductions and q & a’s with Pat Healy. At this screening, he rushed into the theater to make a few quick remarks just as the theater lights had dimmed. Appropriate, perhaps, as Healy had previously left an indelible mark of unease on viewers in a nearly 80% off screen performance as the discomfiting caller in Compliance.
The movie was something akin to punk rock with its no frills budget, efficient story telling, and agitating themes. It is also rather adrenalizing; a story that builds in intensity right up to its conclusion.
Healy returned to the moderately attended theater (I was heartened to see a rather larger crowd lined up for its second screening of the night) for a q & a conducted by actor Kevin Corrigan who’s been in numerous productions: Superbad, Pineapple Express, Buffalo 66 as the unforgettable ‘Rocky’ (thanks, imdb!) and most notably (if you’re me) Tom Scharpling’s video for The New Pornographers’ ‘The Moves.’
Highlights included talk of the virtues of watching the movie in a theater as opposed to at home and the film's ultra low budget shooting conditions; it was shot over the course of just 2 weeks. Healy also discussed a cathartic experience in which performance of one of the film’s more harrowing scenes released an untapped reservoir of emotional expression.
CHEAP THRILLS continues its run at Cinema Village in Manhattan and begins its run at Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers on Friday, April 4.