Painkillers – Belgium, 2018 – overview

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‘The curse is the curse’

Painkillers is a 2018 Belgian horror feature film directed by Roxy Shih from a screenplay by Giles Daoust. The Lone Suspect-Title Media production stars Adam Huss, Madeline Zima, Mischa Barton and Naomi Grossman.


After a terrible car crash in which his son dies, brilliant surgeon John Clarke (Adam Huss), tormented by guilt, becomes prey to 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…


Painkillers will receive a limited theatrical release in the United States on 31 January 2019 via Vision Films before becoming available on VOD platforms on 4 February.

Cast and characters:

  • Adam Huss … John Clarke
  • Madeline Zima … Chloe Clarke
  • Mischa Barton … Sarah Mendelsohn
  • Naomi Grossman … Nurse Sheralyn
  • Grant Bowler … Herb Morris
  • Debra Wilson … Gail Konrad

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