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Last weekend, a new low-budget movie called CHEAP THRILLS opened in LA and Austin, as well as on iTunes, Amazon and whatever. It’s about a guy who gets fired from a shitty job and finds himself desperate for money to avoid eviction… on the night he and his buddy meet a couple willing to pay them to do crazy stuff.

Here’s the trailer.

It looks intense.

It’s also a surprise hit, with great per-theater earnings, terrific VOD revenue, and a 94% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. What makes this movie different from any number of terrific indie films? A great social media campaign. Check out this article on how they managed it. I have a non-academic interest in how this sort of thing is accomplished, of course, but it seems the short version is: great movie, enthusiastic friends with huge social media footprints, and a little craziness to attract attention.

Anyway, interesting stuff.

Mirrored from Twenty Palaces. You can comment here but not there.



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Mar. 25th, 2014 03:54 pm (UTC)
Hmm - pity they don't go into more detail on how they persuaded the huge list of famous people to Tweet about them!
Mar. 25th, 2014 04:07 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it comes down to: those famous people knew and liked their previous work. It's hard to get to that spot but there are rewards once they're there.
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