Fancy some creepy genetic horror by way of France, Spain and Portugal?

If so, then Painless (or Insensibles) would appear to be the flick for you to flock to at the London Film Festival this year.

Seemingly unhurt having survived a serious car accident that claimed the life of his pregnant wife, neurosurgeon David is stunned when tests reveal he has advanced lymphoma and is in dire need of a bone marrow transplant.

Pleading with his parents for help, David finds out he was actually adopted.

Things then swiftly take a turn for the sinister when the surgeon discovers his actual lineage dates to a mysterious group of children born insensitive to physical pain and who lived in the Pyrenees.

Desperate to uncover the truth, David unlocks a series of strange and chilling details as he hunts for answers.

A real genre-bender taking in fantasy, mystery and horror, the flick is directed by Juan Carlos Medina and stars Tomas Lemarquis, Alex Brendemuhl and Derek De Lint.

Painless screens at the festival on the 11, 13 and 15 of October.


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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle