Horror, maybe moreso than any other genre, has so many releases every week it is hard to keep up even for the most ardent fan. And when it comes to killer movies, new films tend to forever be in the shadow of the classic killers of horror cinema: Jason. Freddy. Michael Myers. Pinhead. So when a new killer is introduced they tend to claim to be the ‘next horror icon’. But it usually doesn’t work out that way. The Tooth Fairy didn’t stick. Victor Crowley didn’t stick. Now a new movie claims to have the new name in horror. Enter The Drownsman.
Madison (Michelle Mylett) lives her life in constant fear. After almost drowning in a lake and not remembering what happened to her during her moments underwater, she develops severe hydrophobia. Haunted by a dark figure, Madison now finds her friends fearing for her and wanting to have an intervention to conquer her fear. But in trying to help her overcome her fear of water they only unleash an evil force hellbent on destroying every one of them.
The Drownsman really has a lot going for it and is definitely a stand out in the recent crop of horror films. The visuals are very atmospheric and claustrophobic using the water motif to great effect. Acting is solid across the board and the pacing is very brisk and keeps you interested. Much of the storyline boils down to the usual scheme of killer picking off members of a group one by one, but it is done with style and imagination and the killer, The Drownsman, is pretty cool although I don’t know if he is unique enough to become a new horror icon. Nonetheless, The Drownsman is a very cool horror flick with a great visual style and some great scare set ups. A must see for horror fans.