Drug movies have not been in short supply, but none of the Hollywood films have touched on the contemporary subject of Oxycontin addiction. There’s now a low-budget, independent movie shot in and around Boston that does just that.
Based on the true-life story of John Hickey and his struggle through his addiction to the opioid Oxycontin, Oxy-Morons details the destruction Hickey experienced as well as that of those around him. The screenwriter would certainly have his facts straight as well, considering it was written by Hickey himself, who also stars in the film. Others behind the camera include director Robert Scali and executive producer and actor Damien DiPaola. Also making a silver screen appearance is UFC fighter and Maine resident Tim Sylvia.
Described as “an action-packed thriller that borders on horror,” Oxy-Morons is a close-up view of the terrible effects of the drug. It examines the extreme things that addition can cause and the decline that its users go through. There is definitely no glorification of drugs and the culture surrounding them in this intense low-budget film. Some of its shooting locations will be recognizable to Boston locals, such as Charlestown, MA and the North End, where its message has garnered support from the community.
Having wrapped filming in September, an 8-minute trailer has recently been released to the public, and it certainly has not been approved for all audiences. While the trailer is graphic, there is justification for the disturbing images and the message that they get across. The unusually long length is due to the fact that it was initially made to help the production company, Mood Swing Films, find a distributor for their indie flick.
Watch the trailer for Oxy-Morons here: