In the vein of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Hellraiser, comes a new fantasy horror film from director, Chad Archibald (Antisocial). The Drownsman looks to be a creative take on the the classic horror slasher, and the first trailer from the film looks really creepy. The film follows Madion, a girl who is still haunted by her fear of drowning, and her encounters with the mysterious Drownsman.

Here’s the official Press Release:

[box_light]The Drownsman

Newest Horror Suspense Feature from Black Fawn Films (Which Just Screened at The Cannes Film Market, for its sales debut)

From the team responsible for the festival hit Antisocial, Breakthrough Entertainment and Black Fawn Films comes their newest horror-suspense feature: The Drownsman.

Directed by Chad Archibald (Neverlost, Ejecta), The Drownsman echoes the legendary era of horror movie making when films such as Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and Hellraiser haunted movie theatres everywhere.

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.

“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,” explains writer/director Chad Archibald. “Similar to Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, Pinhead and Jason Voorhees, we wanted to create a villain with a rich history and a juicy hook that could ignite some fandom amongst genre fans.”

“Lightning is certain to strike twice with The Drownsman which follows Breakthrough Entertainment’s first successful collaborative effort with Black Fawn for Antisocial which has been snapped up by key territories worldwide,” said Peter Williamson, Executive Producer and Partner with Breakthrough Entertainment.

Breakthrough Entertainment is handling worldwide distribution for the film, and also serves as Executive Producer.

The Drownsman is a production of Black Fawn Films. Breakthrough Entertainment is Executive Producer. Directed by Chad Archibald (Neverlost, Ejecta). Written by Cody Calahan (Antisocial) and Chad Archibald. Starring Michelle Mylett (Antisocial), Caroline Korycki, Gemma Bird Matheson, Sydney Kondruss, Clare Bastable and in the horrifying title role, Ry Barrett (Neverlost, Kingdom Come, If A Tree Falls). Produced by Christopher Giroux (Antisocial, Dead All Night) and Chad Archibald. Executive Producers of the film are Peter Williamson, Ira Levy, Nat Abraham and Michael McGuigan.