Trailer Debut: Chad Archibald’s Supernatural Slasher, “THE DROWNSMAN”


In April, FANGORIA brought you the first look at a Canadian indie with one hell of a poster and an aim to take the tub to terrifying places. Today, in anticipation of the film’s premiere at the Marche du Film in Cannes this month, where it will seek out distributors, we present the trailer for Chad Archibald’s supernatural slasher, THE DROWNSMAN.

In THE DROWNSMAN, Madison finds herself bound to a life of fear after almost drowning in a lake Unable to describe what happened to her during the moments she was underwater, Madison begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world around her but, her fear intensifies when she begins to be haunted by the vision of an evil figure. After watching her struggle for over a year, Madison’s four friends stage an intervention in a desperate attempt to help. In doing so, 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 historyof the evil that haunts them, they’re dragged one by one to a horrifying place where they may never return.

Archibald, who co-directed the upcoming EJECTA and produced last year’s ANTISOCIAL and SEPTIC MAN, previously said, “We set out to make a film that created a new supernatural villain like the classic horror films of Clive Barker and Wes Craven, something that has become rare in the horror industry over the last decade. Similar to Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers, Pinhead and Jason Voorhees, we wanted to create a villain with a rich history and a juicy hook that could make an appearance in a few viewers nightmares.”

THE DROWNSMAN, co-written by Archibald and Cody Calahan, stars Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable and Ry Barrett in the title role. For more on THE DROWNSMAN, visit the film’s official Facebook and ogle the aforementioned poster below.


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Fangoria.com Managing Editor Samuel Zimmerman has been at FANGORIA since 2009, where fresh out of the Purchase College Cinema Studies program, he began as an editorial assistant. Since, he’s honed both his writing and karaoke skills and been trusted with the responsibility of jury duty at Austin’s incredible Fantastic Fest. Zimmerman lives in and hails from The Bronx, New York where his pants are too tight and he’ll watch anything with witches.
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