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The Drownsman (2014)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller | 9 January 2018 (Japan)
After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, she begins to develop ... See full summary »

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Chad Archibald
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Mylett ... Madison
Caroline Palmer ... Hannah (as Caroline Korycki)
Ry Barrett ... Sebastian Donner / The Drownsman
Gemma Bird Matheson ... Kobie
Sydney Kondruss ... Lauren
Clare Bastable Clare Bastable ... Cathryn
Katie Nicole Evans ... Isabelle Heller (Young)
JoAnn Nordstrom ... Isabelle Heller (Adult)
Samuel Borstein ... Henley Jacobs
Kelly-Marie Murtha ... Dr. Gates
Derrek Peels Derrek Peels ... Carter
Breanne TeBoekhorst Breanne TeBoekhorst ... Julia
Anna Jane Edmonds ... Nurse Francis
Penny Rothwell Penny Rothwell ... Receptionist
Stephanie Christiaens ... Spa Owner
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After almost drowning in a lake, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear. Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, she begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world but her fear intensifies and she is faced with the vision of a dark figure that haunts her day and night. After watching her struggle for one year with the phobia and visions, Madison's four friends attempt an unconventional intervention in which they accidentally open a floodgate to a dark place where none of them are safe. As Madison and her friends dive deeper into the dark history of this figure that haunts them, it reaches out and begins dragging them to a horrifying place that they can never come back from. Written by Anonymous

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Solid Horror Flick Hurt By Some Plot Details...
24 May 2015 | by stsingerSee all my reviews

A solid horror flick that gets hurt because there are a couple of plot holes that you sort of can't stop thinking about.

The plot involves Madison, played well by Michelle Mylett, who falls into the water during an engagement party for her best friend and has a horrifying vision of some sort of monster.

Cut to a year later, and it turns out this event has given Madison an extreme case of aquaphobia, since she believes that every time she touches water the monster appears. Her friends try to to cure her of this fear but it turns out that it may be true, that she may be haunted by the spirit of Sebastian Donner, The Drownsman, a supernatural being who travels only in water...

The movie is solid. Good acting all around, The Drownsman is introduced to us in a well done prelude and is generally creepy all around. The film doesn't meander -- this is not one of those "50 minutes of meaningless exposition and then 1/2 hour of the actual movie" films. It gets going right away and doesn't let up. Couple of nice twists to keep interesting strong.

Biggest problem is a couple of plot details that are hard to ignore. First of all, Madison's aquaphobia is extreme -- she can't drink water (takes fluids through an IV), she can't leave the house if it's raining (causing her to miss her best friend's wedding in which she was supposed to be Maid of Honor), and just a drip sends her into a panic. And yet... she has spotlessly clean skin, clothes, and obviously recently coiffed and washed hair. I know you're supposed to just "go with it" and it's "only a movie," but when they take SO MUCH EFFORT into making her extreme aquaphobia be a major plot point and then she seems to have no problem washing herself... well, it's hard not to think about it all the time.

Same goes for the "missed wedding." Her missing the wedding is the catalyst for her friends trying to help, and the bride comes barging into the house still in her dress. But... the movie takes places in the two or three days after the wedding. No Honeymoon? No husband concerned about his new bride leaving him right after the wedding? Again, even with the "it's just a movie" it's hard not to thing about that.

Make the aquaphobia a little less overwhelming and eliminate the wedding and I suspect there will be a lot less eye-rolling. None the less, still a solid film and worth checking out.


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