After a terrible car crash in which his son dies, brilliant surgeon John Clarke (Adam Huss, Power), tormented by guilt, becomes prey to an unbearable physical pain. 

As his marriage starts to disintegrate, John soon finds out that the only thing that can ease his pain is the taste of human blood. When he encounters Herb Morris (Grant Bowler, True Blood), 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.
A suspenseful thriller feature, Painkillers also stars Madeline Zima (Californication), Debra Wilson (Bodied) and Mischa Barton (The O.C.).


“Shih and Daoust, have crafted a multi-layered story that is as intelligent as it is scary” – I HORROR

“Huss handles this inner turmoil with enviable ease and brutal honesty, but his performance is just one of many stellar turns in Painkillers” – I HORROR

“Debra Wilson’s performance is spot on” – I HORROR

“It’s a pointed portrait of the fact that PTSD and other mental health issues can easily reach into every corner of a person’s life and that family and friends experience the trauma as well.” – I HORROR

“The talented composer [Dustin Morgan] provides an evocative score that perfectly tonally complements what we see onscreen, amplifying emotions in the way that only great music can.” – I HORROR

“If you’re looking for excellent storytelling, genuine tension, and a new spin on an old trope, this is the film for you.” – I HORROR

“I found all the actors, from starring to secondary, gave authentic performances, dramatic without falling prey to being campy” – HORROR BUZZ

“It’s is a surprisingly thoughtful and well-made indie film” – STARBURST

“Looks sharp and is nicely paced by director Roxy Shih, bringing a welcome, more feminine touch to proceedings in the concentration on feeling and relationships” – STARBURST

“The soundtrack by Dustin Morgan is also worth a note - a cello providing a melodic, sombre tone throughout” – STARBURST

“A fantastic central performance from Adam Huss” – STARBURST

“Painkillers” is the rare psychological thriller that manages to be both scary and dramatically believable” – SCREEN ANARCHY

“A constantly tense and surprisingly relatable experience” – SCREEN ANARCHY

“Has more than its share of gripping moments” SF CROWS NEST

“Madeline Zima is excellent as wife Chloe” - EYE FOR FILM

“The transformation when he [Adam Huss] finds relief is a remarkable thing to watch” - EYE FOR FILM

“Not since Abel Ferrara's The Addiction has anybody used vampire myths to talk about real world illness in this way” - EYE FOR FILM

Genre: Theatrical, Films

Sub Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama

Year of Production: 2018

Running Time: 1 x 83-minutes

Available in HD: Yes

Country: USA