Blu-ray Review: THE DROWNSMAN

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THE DROWNSMAN was directed by Chad Archibald and stars Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable and Ry Barrett.

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, 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 history of the evil that haunts them, they’re dragged one by one to a horrifying place where they may never return.

Okay, I really enjoyed this horror movie! The story was fun and all of the acting was really good. The main characters were interesting and easy to follow but the movie did have a few that were just there for as pickings for the bad guy. I’m also okay with that because every horror movie has these kind of characters. Chad Archibald did a great job bringing these characters and this terrifying “water world” to life on screen. There’s also some really cool and creative special effects throughout the movie and a few of them reminded me of some of the classic Freddy Krueger scenes from A Nightmare on Elm Street. Where Freddy gets you in your dreams and takes you to his furnace, it’s The Drownsman who gets you with water and drags you into his dark underworld through this dirty old bathtub. Sounds silly but it’s actually creepy as hell. There’s some really eerie scenes featured in The Drownsman that will haunt you.

Michelle Mylett does a great job with this innocent character of hers that has been left traumatized after her near drowning experience. You feel for her and what she’s going through with this unnecessary intervention from her friends who are really just trying to help her overcome her fears. Instead this lures in The Drownsman, a creepy looking supernatural killer that has this power over water and he uses it in creative ways to killer his victims. There’s also a a link between this killer and Madison that is ultimately revealed by the end of the movie. Ry Barrett plays Sebastian Donner/The Drownsman who is as creepy looking as any movie monster we’ve gotten here lately.

The front of the packaging features the creepy cool artwork you see up top by the always amazing Dog & Pony that have cranked out some really amazing movie art over the years. The back includes movie details and some images. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were both crisp and clear.

Bottom line is, The Drownsman was a really fun horror movie that included this menacing antagonist who terrorizes his victims and takes advantage of their fears with his power over water. This is the kind of movie monster I’d also like to see more from so hopefully we’ll get a sequel. This Blu-ray releases on May 12th and is definitely worth a watch.

Distributor: Anchor Bay

Run Time: 86 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Dolby TrueHD 5.1

Subtitles: English and Spanish

Special Features: None

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