Painkillers, an all-new genre-twisting dramatic thriller, is heading to select theaters at the end of the month, followed by VOD in early February; and to make sure you’re keeping it on your radar, today we have the film’s new trailer plus some artwork to share!
Adam Huss (“Power”), Madeline Zima (“Californication,” “Twin Peaks”), and Grant Bowler (“Defiance,” “True Blood”) star; and Mischa Barton makes a special appearance in the film, which is written by Giles Daoust and directed by Roxy Shih. It’s set for release in select theaters January 31st and on VOD February 4th via Kew Media Group.
Luke Barnett and Vincent Masciale produced the film under their Lone Suspect banner alongside Giles Daoust for Title Media. Mike Macari (The Ring franchise), Alain Berliner (Golden Globe winner for My Life in Pink), and Catherine Dumonceaux (Title Media) are executive producers.
Painkillers marks the second feature from Taiwanese-American filmmaker Roxy Shih, who says, “I don’t think Painkillers is something that people have seen before; we use paranormal elements as mechanisms for the story, but at the heart of it we deal with very real themes of grief and coping with addiction. I look forward to seeing how audiences react to more genre-hybrid films like this; I’m really proud!”
Producer Barnett adds, “With so many conversations happening today around the lack of female directors being hired, particularly in the horror genre, we couldn’t be prouder to have hired Roxy Shih. We all feel very strongly she’s about to be one of the most in-demand young directors in town.”
After a terrible car crash in which his son dies, brilliant surgeon John Clarke (Huss), tormented by guilt, becomes prey to an unbearable physical pain. While his marriage starts disintegrating, John soon finds out that the only thing that can ease his pain is the taste of human blood. When he encounters Herb Morris (Bowler), a man who claims he can help him get his life back, John embarks upon a nightmarish journey through which he will either have to come to terms with his pain… or become a monster.