Painkillers

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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.

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Cast

Adam Huss
as John Clarke
Madeline Zima
as Chloe Clarke
Debra Wilson
as Gail Konrad
Grant Bowler
as Herb Morris
Mischa Barton
as The Girl/Sarah Mendelsohn
Naomi Grossman
as Nurse Sheralyn
Tate Birchmore
as Brian Clarke
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  • Before getting carried away, if it sounds like this is a great film, it's no Near Dark but it's much better than expected.

    Feb 11, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…
  • 'Painkillers' certainly does not reinvent the wheel when it comes to the physicality or emotional presence of pain and suffering. [It] definitely works on the nerves and reinforces a certain kind of fixation that is more than imagined or hallucinatory.

    Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • "Painkillers" is the rare psychological thriller that manages to be both scary and dramatically believable.

    Feb 6, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Star Adam Huss is better than the script in this incomplete vampires-as-junkies tale.

    Jan 28, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Painkillers, which makes a bold effort to take on this large and complex subject, not always getting it right but, overall, acquitting itself pretty well.

    Jan 28, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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