“Painkiller,” The New Vigilante Thriller By Filmmaker Mark Savage (“Purgatory Road” and “Stressed to Kill”) Avail Now On Demand, Digital and DVD
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. Savage creates a haunting and somber undertone by using the lake-infested area of Lutz, Florida as Painkiller’s backdrop.
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 have become 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!