In today’s Horror Highlights, we have five new character posters for a film currently showing at Cannes, Painkillers. Also: a look at a behind-the-scenes video for Venom #1, and The Night of the Virgin trailer and release details.

Painkillers Character Posters Revealed: Press Release: Press Release: "May 14th, 2018 – Title Media, Lone Suspect and Kew Media have released the first round of artwork for Painkillers, a dramatic horror thriller from director Roxy Shih. Kew is currently selling the film at Cannes.

The set of character poster features stars Adam Huss (Power), Madeline Zima (Californication, Twin Peaks), Grant Bowler (Defiance, True Blood), Debra Wilson (MadTV, Bodied), and Mischa Barton (The O.C., The Sixth Sense).

This marks the second feature from director Roxy Shih (The Tribe). Giles Daoust wrote the script, which received several awards and nominations in festivals and screenwriting competitions.

Luke Barnett and Vincent Masciale produced the film under their Lone Suspect banner alongside Giles Daoust for Title Media. Mike Macari (The Ring franchise), Alain Berliner (Golden Globe Winner for My Life in Pink) and Catherine Dumonceaux (Title Media) executive produce.

LOGLINE: After a terrible car crash in which his son dies, brilliant surgeon John Clarke (Huss), tormented by guilt, becomes prey to an 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 (Bowler), 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.

Title Media is a film production company founded in 2003 by Giles Daoust and Alain Berliner, active in Brussels, Paris and Los Angeles. It has (co-) produced over 30 films, including Starry Eyes (SXSW 2014), Radius (Diego Klattenhoff), What Happened to Monday (Noomi Rapace, Willem Dafoe, Glenn Close), Hostile (Xavier Gens), The Man Who Killed Hitler and then the Bigfoot (Sam Elliott, John Sayles), and The Death of Stalin (Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko).

Best known for their work with “Funny or Die”, Lone Suspect also partnered with Title Media on their last film, the Abigail Breslin horror-comedy Fear, Inc. (Tribeca 2016). In 2015, Barnett executive produced Loitering with Intent (Sam Rockwell and Marisa Tomei). Lone Suspect recently wrapped the pilot for Captain Karl's Institute for the Abnormally Bizarre, a workplace horror-comedy starring Daniel Stern (Home Alone), YouTube star Lisa Schwartz, Kate Flannery (The Office), and Danny Woodburn (Seinfeld).

Title Media and Lone Suspect are partnering for a third time on Anderson Falls, a crime thriller shooting this summer with French helmer Julien Seri (Night Fare).

Roxy Shih is an internationally acclaimed Taiwanese-American director. Her feature length debut, The Tribe, won multiple awards on the festival circuit, including Best Director at Other Worlds Austin. She recently completed directing ten episodes of Dark / Web (Julie Benz, Hannah Marks), an upcoming sci-fi anthology that explores the problems with living in a totally connected world.

Kew Media Group produces and acquires more than 1,000 hours of new multi-genre content every year and distributes Kew’s catalogue of film, television and digital assets to more than 150 countries worldwide on almost every available viewing platform. Kew Media Group distributes a library of more than 10,000 hours of TV and digital content including major drama series, non-fiction entertainment, special event programming, kids’ series, TV movies and mini-series. For more information, please visit the Company’s website at www.kewmedia.com.

Kew's Jonathan Ford is handling sales at Cannes."

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Watch the New Venom #1 BTS Video: Press Release: "New York, NY—May 15, 2018—In the aftermath of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York…bringing with it a threat that could have drastic consequences for the symbiote and Eddie Brock! Marvel exclusive writer Donny Cates (Doctor Strange, Thanos) and artist Ryan Stegman (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, Uncanny Avengers) have created a Venom adventure 1,000 years in the making, and it’s already receiving rave reviews among fans and critics, who are calling the first issue “a rich, haunting story that works on a variety of levels” (Multiversity Comics).

Now, Marvel is proud to present this behind-the-scenes look at VENOM, featuring Donny Cates and editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski!

“In the past, Eddie and the symbiote have developed a very kindred friendship…and that was something I really wanted to explore,” explains Cates. Adds Cebulski, “there are certain stories in the Marvel Universe that redefine characters…and here, I think Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman are redefining and telling the Venom story for our generation.”
Don’t miss VENOM #1, currently on sale in comic shops, on the Marvel Comics App, and on Marvel.com! And be sure not to miss VENOM #2, out June 13th!

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The Night of the Virgin Trailer: Directed by Roberto San Sebastian, The Night of the Virgin stars Javier Bodalo, Miriam Martin, Victor Amilibia, Ignatius Farray, and Rocio Suarez. The film will be released by Cleopatra Entertainment on VOD beginning June 12th.

Synopsis: "Nico, a naive twenty year old, is determined to lose his virginity at a New Year’s Eve party. When he finds Medea, a cunning and attractive mature woman, he follows her home with the promise of finally losing his virginity. There’s only one problem. Instead of celebratory sex, he receives an intense lecture about the Nepalese goddess Naoshi and finds a cup of menstrual blood in the bathroom. Things go from perverse to worse when Medea’s jealous boyfriend arrives, trapping Nico in the apartment with the steadily growing suspicion that Naoshi is no myth."

Tamika Jones
About the Author - Tamika Jones

Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.

The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).