From the team behind ANTISOCIAL, The Drownsman (working title), directed by Chad Archibald, has began shooting

From left: Actors – Gemma Bird Matheson, Michelle Mylett, Caroline Korycki, and director Chad Archibald

The Drownsman (working title)

Began shooting in Guelph, Ontario

Directed by Chad Archibald

Written by Chad Archibald and Cody Calahan

the team behind the super successful Antisocial

The Drownsman (working title) is the second in a trilogy of horror movies created and produced by Black Fawn Films, Executive Produced by Breakthrough Entertainment who also have world distribution rights.

Location shoots are in Guelph, with the majority happening at Mount Forest and Pike Lake Resort. Shooting will go for 17 days, and the running time is 88 minutes.  The film will be ready February, in time for EFM.

Synopsis: 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, she begins to develop hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. Crippled by her post trauma, Madison attempts to shut out the world but her fear intensifies and she is faced with the vision of a dark figure that haunts her day and night. After watching her struggle for one year with the phobia and visions, Madison’s four friends attempt an unconventional intervention in which 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 this figure that haunts them, it reaches out and begins dragging them to a horrifying place that they can never come back from.  In the vein of classic supernatural villain’s like Freddy Kruger, Michael Myers, and Candyman, this film creates a new iconic villain that will make audiences fear running their bath water.

“We’re creating a film that defies physics and we’re shooting 95% of it without CGI so we’ve had to create some innovative sets to pull off these unique water effects” says Chad Archibald. “The story and pace of this film is totally different than previous ones, it showcases an element we often don’t think of as something to fear– water.  When our lead Madison has an accident in the water, her hydrophobia escalates, the story begins to take some twists and some terrifying turns.  Cody Calahan and I have created a new type of horror story, while still paying homage to the classic genre films we know and love.”

“We are very excited to be working again with Black Fawn,” says Breakthrough Executive Producer Peter Williamson, “the creative and commercial success of Antisocial, shows us that ‘generation next’ audiences want ever more intriguing genre experiences.”



Michelle Mylett – Madison

Gemma Bird Matheson – Kobie

Caroline Korycki – Hannah

Sydney Kondruss – Lauren

Clare Bastable –  Cathryn

Ryan Barrett – The Drownsman



Chad Archibald – Director|Writer | Producer

Christopher Giroux – Producer

Cody Calahan – Writer

Marc Forand – Director of Photography

Anna Jane Edmonds – Production Manager

Nick Montgomery – Editor

Bethany McLeod – Art Director

Vince Moskowec – Production Designer