Needlestick is an intense horror-thriller independent feature film about medical innovation gone wrong, when research intended to help mankind leads down a dark path of obsession, desecration and death.
Intern Everett Barnard (Michael Traynor) comes back to South Union Cardiac Hospital to lobby for a residency position under his mentor, Dr. Alexander Crick (Lance Henriksen). He has a lot to learn, as his old flame nurse Marie (Katie Savoy) still resents how he dumped her, and his best friend Ginny (Alara Ceri) is the chief resident who makes him look bad after he messes up a cardiac code.
Unknown to Everett, Crick accidentally discovered an enzyme extracted from human hearts that reverses human aging--the cure for mortality! Crick has the support of his greedy CEO Ray LeGro (Harry Lennix) to continue harvesting more enzyme. The only problem? The heart must be frozen while the human subject is ALIVE (a procedure few insurance plans cover).
Crick tries to double-cross LeGro by getting the enzyme from a younger patient and planning to take it for himself. LeGro finds out, banishes him from the hospital and threatens to report him to authorities. Crick retreats to his secret underground lab to devise a plan to destroy the hospital, obtain enough enzyme for mass production, and eliminate his enemy. He enlists the help of his ambitious lab assistant Boris (Jack Noseworthy) and a mysterious hulking mute (George Pogacich) to lock down the hospital and trap the remaining patients as subjects.
Unknown to Crick, his plan also traps Everett. He copes with the simmering tension between Marie Ginny, while a suicidal dancer (Jordan Trovillion) lies bleeding to death after her open-heart incision reopens, all while escaping the hospital's eminent destruction and stopping his mentor's evil plan.
Starring Lance Henriksen (Aliens, Millenium, Hannibal), Michael Traynor (The Walking Dead), Katie Savoy (Sequestered, NCIS New Orleans), and Harry Lennix (Batman v Superman, The Matrix sequels, The Black List).
Written and directed by Steven Karageanes. Produced by Dwjuan Fox, Edward Stencel, and Steven Karageanes. Cinematography by Bryan Greenberg. Music by Harry Manfredini. Editing by Nick Hrycyk. Casting by Patrick Baca.