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"Painkiller," Vigilante Thriller By Filmmaker Mark Savage ("Purgatory Road" and "Stressed to Kill") Hits On Demand, Digital and DVD May 4th, 2021
- Monday, May. 3, 2021
Starring Bill Oberst, Jr. and Michael Pare', Produced by Delirium Films and Distributed by Cinedigm
Painkiller, a captivating new thriller by filmmaker Mark Savage (Purgatory Road, Stressed to Kill), starring Bill Oberst, Jr. and Michael Pare' hits On Demand, Digital and DVD May 4th, 2021.
After losing his daughter to an opioid overdose, a broken father (Oberst) takes on the dual role of radio-host and masked vigilante in a crusade to destroy the white-collar criminals and big pharma behind the epidemic.
Savage reveals why this film was so important to make... "After my writing partner Tom's (Parnell) twenty-one year old son died of complications resulting from opioid use, we felt compelled to explore this serious social problem within the framework of a thriller."
Savage is the creative force behind Painkiller, directing, producing and writing the script with Parnell, who Executive Produces. Parnell renews his role as "Doc" from the team's previous hit film, "Stressed to Kill" starring Armand Assante and Oberst. Guided by Savage, Parnell turns in yet another strong performance some critics say is reminiscent of Paul Mazursky. The film's top-notch supporting cast includes Pacey Liz Walker (Rosa Parks Story) and Alexander Penneke (Blacklist).
All elements in Painkiller clearly reflect the Savage style, including a masterful pace, layers of suspenseful drama, and utilizing locations as character. The lake-infested area of Lutz, Florida is Savage's choice to create Painkiller's haunting and somber undertone.
An award winning in-demand Director and storyteller, Savage seamlessly crosses all genres; working in Film, Television, Documentaries and the Ad-World. Painkiller is yet another example of the talented Director's use of striking contrasts which are the hallmark of his distinctive style.
Upcoming projects for Savage include a directing gig, "Bring Him Back Dead," an action thriller from producers Mark L. Lester (Titan Global) and Jeff Miller (Millman Productions). In addition, producers Ojan Missaghi and David Wachs of Toric Films have optioned "Advocate," a screenplay by Savage and Parnell that Savage is also slated to direct. And a sequel to Painkiller is already in the works!
Painkiller is Produced by Delirium Films and distributed by Cinedigm.
- "The directing really stands out... the action exciting, the story interesting, and the score is beyond stellar." - Film Threat (full review)
- "Death Wish meets the opioid crisis in this tense and exciting thriller!" - World Film Geek (full review)
- "I have been waiting with bated breath for news this film would finally be released." "...a gripping, heartbreaking story." - PopHorror (Full review)