The Drownsman Reviews

  • Apr 07, 2020

    A solid horror thriller. 'The Drownsman' showcases a freaky eponymous antagonist, whose M.O. is to kill women via drowning. It's a pretty cool film concept, which they make work well. It isn't scary at all, at least not to me, but I was interested and satisfied the whole way through. The cast members each do good jobs. Michelle Mylett gives a decent performance as Madison, while Caroline Palmer, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss and Clare Bastable support adequately as Madison's group of friends. Nothing to shout from the rooftops about, but this leaves a sufficient impression despite some plot flaws.

    A solid horror thriller. 'The Drownsman' showcases a freaky eponymous antagonist, whose M.O. is to kill women via drowning. It's a pretty cool film concept, which they make work well. It isn't scary at all, at least not to me, but I was interested and satisfied the whole way through. The cast members each do good jobs. Michelle Mylett gives a decent performance as Madison, while Caroline Palmer, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss and Clare Bastable support adequately as Madison's group of friends. Nothing to shout from the rooftops about, but this leaves a sufficient impression despite some plot flaws.

  • Jun 18, 2019

    Nothing like being scared of water lmfao oh no a rainy day lol this movie has bad writing its heavy handed acting sucks and not worth anyones time cheesy with a bunch of cliches you dont spend any time with these people before they die so when they do you dont care and everybody drowns and you dont have to watch it to the end to guess which one of the girls is his daughter 0/5

    Nothing like being scared of water lmfao oh no a rainy day lol this movie has bad writing its heavy handed acting sucks and not worth anyones time cheesy with a bunch of cliches you dont spend any time with these people before they die so when they do you dont care and everybody drowns and you dont have to watch it to the end to guess which one of the girls is his daughter 0/5

  • Nov 09, 2018

    Absolute unmitigated crap. Simply beyond belief. Seriously, just watch it.

    Absolute unmitigated crap. Simply beyond belief. Seriously, just watch it.

  • Feb 23, 2017

    Okay, so this film has a killer cover/poster image, but everything else about it is just kinda cheesy. The basic story is after a year of struggling with a fear of water after almost drowning, a young woman's friends decide to have an intervention when she misses one of their weddings, like that was the final straw, since it inconvenienced the bride or something. When they delve into the mysterious figure she's been haunted by, they draw it to them and are now at the mercy of a supernatural figure, ho-hum. This was just really not what I was hoping it to be and it certainly never got as cool as that DVD cover. Rental? Or maybe just a pass?

    Okay, so this film has a killer cover/poster image, but everything else about it is just kinda cheesy. The basic story is after a year of struggling with a fear of water after almost drowning, a young woman's friends decide to have an intervention when she misses one of their weddings, like that was the final straw, since it inconvenienced the bride or something. When they delve into the mysterious figure she's been haunted by, they draw it to them and are now at the mercy of a supernatural figure, ho-hum. This was just really not what I was hoping it to be and it certainly never got as cool as that DVD cover. Rental? Or maybe just a pass?

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    Gimly M Super Reviewer
    Nov 20, 2016

    Some original concepts at play in the lore of the story, but the film itself couldn't be more paint-by-numbers.

    Some original concepts at play in the lore of the story, but the film itself couldn't be more paint-by-numbers.

  • Oct 07, 2015

    "Dabrowsky. During his speech. He called you the 'afraid of honor.' It sort of became the running joke of the night. Hannah did not find it funny." Are you afraid of water or have another phobia when it comes to liquid substances, then perhaps it's wisely to ignore this film because this a rather soggy affair. Unfortunately, the whole spectacle largely fails. It ended up to be a disappointing slasher film (however it's only water that's splashing around instead of human blood). Most average, unoriginal horrors follow the well-known golden rules of this genre. Firstly, the main character always has ties to the menacing entity who makes the protagonists lives miserable. Secondly, there is of course no one who believes the main character. And third such a mainstream film is never fully resolved at the end. Believe me, "The drownsman" nicely obeys these rules. Nevertheless, the opening scene looked promising and was imaged brilliantly in a certain way. The moment a young woman throws her head backwards while sitting in a tub and her long hair swishes water in the air with a perfect synchronous movement, was a moment that seemed to come straight out of a commercial for shampoo. Unfortunately, this highly aesthetically designed excerpt wasn't repeated during the rest of the film. It all looked extremely banal and ordinary. It wasn't really threatening or frightening. The way the victims kick the bucket, is downright lousy. Are you getting sick at the sight of blood, I can reassure you. There's not a spatter of blood to be seen here in this film. In fact the weapon used to vanquish the demon is something what actually isn't resistant to water. I thought a mop would be an appropriate weapon, so you could mop the villain away. What bothered me the most, were Madison's (Michelle Mylett) three best friends. Three pedantic stupid chicks who, despite that they are furious about the fact that Madison has missed the wedding of her best friend, still are so kindhearted to help their friend with her nasty phobia. They ask Kobie (Gemma Bird Matheson), a medium, to help them out. She already has some experience with similar cases and according to her expertise it could be that they are dealing with a "haunting" ("Let's not call them haunting."). Eventually they use a fairly sadistic and extreme method to help Madison. They just immerse her in a bath. I think it would have been wiser to seek professional help. As always I try to find something positive in a movie. The cause that created this wet demon, was a highly original idea. Also, the way it uses the medium water to move around, was not ill-conceived. And of course, the acting of Michelle Mylett was admirable. The way she portrayed the fear that came over her, during the appearances, was certainly praiseworthy. And the moments when "The drownsman" suddenly popped up, was reasonably successful but far from chilling. Unfortunately, these are also the only positive points I could come up with. The rest is just a storm in a teacup. More reviews here : http://bit.ly/1KIdQMT

    "Dabrowsky. During his speech. He called you the 'afraid of honor.' It sort of became the running joke of the night. Hannah did not find it funny." Are you afraid of water or have another phobia when it comes to liquid substances, then perhaps it's wisely to ignore this film because this a rather soggy affair. Unfortunately, the whole spectacle largely fails. It ended up to be a disappointing slasher film (however it's only water that's splashing around instead of human blood). Most average, unoriginal horrors follow the well-known golden rules of this genre. Firstly, the main character always has ties to the menacing entity who makes the protagonists lives miserable. Secondly, there is of course no one who believes the main character. And third such a mainstream film is never fully resolved at the end. Believe me, "The drownsman" nicely obeys these rules. Nevertheless, the opening scene looked promising and was imaged brilliantly in a certain way. The moment a young woman throws her head backwards while sitting in a tub and her long hair swishes water in the air with a perfect synchronous movement, was a moment that seemed to come straight out of a commercial for shampoo. Unfortunately, this highly aesthetically designed excerpt wasn't repeated during the rest of the film. It all looked extremely banal and ordinary. It wasn't really threatening or frightening. The way the victims kick the bucket, is downright lousy. Are you getting sick at the sight of blood, I can reassure you. There's not a spatter of blood to be seen here in this film. In fact the weapon used to vanquish the demon is something what actually isn't resistant to water. I thought a mop would be an appropriate weapon, so you could mop the villain away. What bothered me the most, were Madison's (Michelle Mylett) three best friends. Three pedantic stupid chicks who, despite that they are furious about the fact that Madison has missed the wedding of her best friend, still are so kindhearted to help their friend with her nasty phobia. They ask Kobie (Gemma Bird Matheson), a medium, to help them out. She already has some experience with similar cases and according to her expertise it could be that they are dealing with a "haunting" ("Let's not call them haunting."). Eventually they use a fairly sadistic and extreme method to help Madison. They just immerse her in a bath. I think it would have been wiser to seek professional help. As always I try to find something positive in a movie. The cause that created this wet demon, was a highly original idea. Also, the way it uses the medium water to move around, was not ill-conceived. And of course, the acting of Michelle Mylett was admirable. The way she portrayed the fear that came over her, during the appearances, was certainly praiseworthy. And the moments when "The drownsman" suddenly popped up, was reasonably successful but far from chilling. Unfortunately, these are also the only positive points I could come up with. The rest is just a storm in a teacup. More reviews here : http://bit.ly/1KIdQMT

  • Aug 09, 2015

    The concept may seem incredible but The Drownsman's horrible direction and terrible acting makes it a cheesy horror indie effort.

    The concept may seem incredible but The Drownsman's horrible direction and terrible acting makes it a cheesy horror indie effort.

  • Jul 23, 2015

    A fresh horror film with an 80s feel.

    A fresh horror film with an 80s feel.

  • May 23, 2015

    So he's like Freddy, but he gets to you through water instead of dreams and kills you in less imaginative ways. Ok, well, at least the cast was pretty decent.

    So he's like Freddy, but he gets to you through water instead of dreams and kills you in less imaginative ways. Ok, well, at least the cast was pretty decent.

  • May 12, 2015

    Think you've seen the worst horror movies of all time? Think again... The basic idea behind this film is decent, but only for one episode of a TV show. The acting was bad, the writing was bad, the character motivation was bad, the directing was bad, and even the sound design seemed to be horrible at times. Really there was nothing about this movie that was redeeming enough for me to say give it a shot. Unless you just want to see a movie that makes you laugh with how bad it is, then give it a shot.

    Think you've seen the worst horror movies of all time? Think again... The basic idea behind this film is decent, but only for one episode of a TV show. The acting was bad, the writing was bad, the character motivation was bad, the directing was bad, and even the sound design seemed to be horrible at times. Really there was nothing about this movie that was redeeming enough for me to say give it a shot. Unless you just want to see a movie that makes you laugh with how bad it is, then give it a shot.