No rest for the wicked they say and the makers of Canadian horror flick Antisocial
are chugging right along onto their next film under the working title of The Drownsman
. The Drownsman
is the second film in a planned trilogy of horror films from Black Fawn Films. Cast and crew are in the middle of an 18 day shoot in Guelph, Ontario, where I will be this Thursday, visiting the set and making an unbelievable nuisance of myself. We do not have any official images from the production yet but a behind the scenes shot of Archibald with his ladies will suffice for now.
reunites a few from the Antisocial
team. Michelle Mylett will take the lead again, this time as Madison. Antisocial
writer Chad Archibald gets back behind the camera while writing partner and Antisocial
director Cody Calahan assumes the writing role. Ry(an) Barrett, who has worked with Archibald on Antisocial
will be the titular Drownsman.
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."
Executive Producers Breakthrough Entertainment have worldwide distribution rights. They and the filmmakers hope to have the film read for presentation at EFM in February during Berlinale.
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