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Painkiller

USA 2014
produced by
Rob Dimension, Adam Ginsberg, Jerry Janda (executive), Jeffrey S. Gould (executive) for Action Media Productions
directed by Jeremiah Kipp
starring Kelly Rae LeGault, Thomas Mendolia, Jill di Donato, Jerry Janda
written by Jerry Janda, special makeup and creature effects by Daniel J. Mazikowski

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Two young and ambitious scientists (Kelly Rae LeGault, Thomas Mendolia) who are also madly in love with one another have set out to create the ultimate painkiller, an actual organism that turns pain into pleasure and is attached to its host's spine living in a symbiotic relationship. But since the design of this organism alone makes it impossible to test the organism on animals and they could by no means get human test subjects for something outlandish as this, one of the two (LeGault) agrees to have it tested on herself. So she has the creature inserted (quite painfully) and then let her beat her partner black and blue ... and it makes her feel great. The thing is, the creature needs pain to survive, and if it dies, the host dies with it - so our heroine has to be tortured quite constantly, more than her partner can handle. Even a dominatrix (Jill di Donato) arrives at her wits' ends all too soon. Desperate to help his lover, the male scientist turns to a shady source with a suitcase of money ...

 

Painkiller indeed is an incredibly creepy film, very mean in its premise, but subtle enough in approach and slowly enough paced to let the horrific situation really sink in, and at the same time affording the characters enough depth to turn this into a mean piece of body horror rather than just a creature circus.

Really good!

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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