At the end of this month, the drama thriller Painkillers, a film that we’ve been following for nearly two years, will be hitting limited theaters, followed shortly thereafter by a VOD release. And to give people an idea of the bloodthirsty horror that they’re going to witness, a trailer has been released as well as a poster.
Director Roxy Shih comments, “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 Luke Barnett added, “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, 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, 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.“
Written by Giles Daoust and directed by Roxy Shih, Painkillers stars Madeline Zima, Adam Huss, Grant Bowler, and Mischa Barton.
It comes out January 31 in limited theaters and February 4 on VOD.