CHEAP THRILLS Wins New Flesh Award At Fantasia Film Festival!


We have a review that just dropped for CHEAP THRILLS (here), but we also wanted to share a prestigious award director E.L. Katz was given for his directorial debut! The New Flesh Award for Best First Feature is awarded to first-time directors, and it is extremely well deserved. This is a film you will not want to miss when Drafthouse Films’ releases CHEAP THRILLS later this year!

“Each year, The Fantasia International Film Festival selects one special film from a first-time director that somehow stands leaps and bounds beyond its incredible kin – a stunning feature that showcases an exciting young talent who Fantasia’s jury sees as a leader in genre cinema for years to come.

This year, our New Flesh Award for Best First Feature goes to a very special film that Fantasia is deeply honored to host the Canadian Premiere of on August 4th – E.L. Katz’s CHEAP THRILLS!

Winner of South by Southwest 2013’s Audience Award, the Fantasia jury calls CHEAP THRILLS, “Darkly humorous, smart and bloody in ways that will make many viewers squirm with glee. This abundantly confident first feature provides a thoroughly entertaining snapshot of modern blue collar desperation in a world addicted to easy money and childish amusement.”


The directorial debut from E.L. Katz stars Pat Healy (Compliance) as a recently fired father facing eviction who agrees to take on an escalating series of insane challenges in exchange for cash payments from a rich couple with a twisted sense of humor.

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