The Drownsman

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The Drownsman
The Drownsman 2014 film poster.jpg
Directed by Chad Archibald
Written by Chad Archibald
Cody Calahan
Starring Michelle Mylett
Caroline Korycki
Gemma Bird Matheson
Music by Steph Copeland
Cinematography Marc Forand
Edited by Nick Montgomery
Black Fawn Films
Breakthrough Entertainment
Distributed by Breakthrough Entertainment
Release date
  • August 2, 2014 (2014-08-02) (Fantasia Film Festival)
Running time
88 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

The Drownsman is a 2014 Canadian horror/fantasy thriller that was directed by Chad Archibald, who co-wrote the script with Cody Calahan.[1] The film had its world premiere on 2 August 2014 at the Fantasia Film Festival and stars Michelle Mylett as a hydrophobic young woman that finds that the cure might be worse than the fear itself.[2] Filming took place in Guelph, Ontario during winter of 2013.[3]


A near-death experience in a lake leaves Madison (Michelle Mylett) with extreme hydrophobia. It's grown so bad that she's unable to attend her best friend Hannah's (Caroline Korycki) wedding because of the rain, as Madison believes that a sinister figure known as the Drownsman (Ry Barrett) will pull her into his world and kill her. In their attempt to help her, Madison's friends try to hold a seance to make contact with this being and find that Madison is being haunted by Sebastian Donner (also played by Barrett), a serial killer that loved to listen to his victims' hearts beat as they slowly died. However the group soon finds that their attempts to help Madison has caused the Drownsman to notice them as well and he begins to pick them off one by one.


  • Michelle Mylett as Madison
  • Caroline Korycki as Hannah
  • Gemma Bird Matheson as Kobie
  • Sydney Kondruss as Lauren
  • Clare Bastable as Cathryn
  • Ry Barrett as The Drownsman / Sebastian Donner
  • JoAnn Nordstrom as Isabelle
  • Samuel Borstein as Henley Jacobs
  • Derrek Peels as Carter
  • Breanne TeBoekhorst as Julia
  • Katie Nicole Evans as Young Isabelle


Nerdly gave The Drownsman three out of five stars, writing "As an homage to the works of Carpenter, Craven et al. it works. As a origin story for a new franchise villain it works. As a movie? Well if you’re willing to ignore the odd flaw even in the films own internal logic like I did, then The Drownsman works. If not…"[4] Twitch Film gave a mixed review, commenting that the film "made a valiant effort to bring itself around with strong visuals and a decent villain kill. It did not fully recover for me, but I still enjoyed the ride for the 'moist' part."[5]


  1. ^ Turek, Ryan. "A New Trailer for The Drownsman Surfaces". Shock Till You Drop. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  2. ^ Kay, Jeremy. "Cannes: Breakthrough adds Drownsman". Screen Daily. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  3. ^ Barton, Steve. "The Drownsman Begins Filming in Canada". Dread Central. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  4. ^ Wheat, Phil. "Frightfest 2014: 'The Drownsman' Review". Nerdly. Retrieved 18 October 2014.
  5. ^ Mack, Andrew. "Fantasia 2014 Review: THE DROWNSMAN, The Super Soaker Terror Gets Too Silly At Times". Twitch Film. Retrieved 18 October 2014.

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