The opioid crisis in this country has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. Meanwhile, the people responsible have either faced no charges or received a mere slap on the wrist. While there could certainly be a tense revenge thriller using this as a springboard, Painkiller does not look like it will be that movie.
This low-budget effort from Mark Savage is actually a quasi-sequel to his 2016 film Stressed to Kill. Bill Oberst, Jr. – who has 195 credits on IMDb, but maybe three you've actually heard of – reprises his role as vigilante Bill Johnson, out to destroy the doctors and pharmaceutical executives he blames for his daughter's death. Michael Paré (Eddie and the Cruisers) plays a targeted doc.
Painkiller will bypass theaters (shocker!) and go straight to VOD and digital services on May 4. Fans(?) can also purchase it on DVD.