Established vampire tropes are completely upended in Painkillers, a story that mixes literal bloodlust with psychological horror and a gut-churning exploration of guilt and grief. Painkillers is the latest from Taiwanese-American filmmaker Roxy Shih, whose debut feature, The Tribe, won multiple awards on the festival circuit.
Today, Dread Central is pleased to share an exclusive clip from Painkillers. It features John Clarke (played by Adam Huss) as he prepares to put the bottom up on a sizable vat of human blood. Then things get… awkward! Check your gag reflex at the door and give it a spin at the top of the article. Also, check out the synopsis and trailer for Painkillers below.
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.
Shih directs Painkillers from a screenplay penned by Giles Daoust; in addition to Huss, the film stars Mischa Barton, Madeline Zima, and Naomi Grossman. Look for it in select theaters and VOD platforms beginning tomorrow (January 31st).