Frightfest 2014 Preview: The Drownsman Simon Fitzjohn July 30, 2014 Film4 Frightfest 1987 Horror cinema is always in need of iconic villains, whether it be franchise favourites or memorable one-off creations. So let’s hope The Drownsman proves to be one such character. The film centres on Madison (Michelle Mylett), who almost drowns after falling into a lake. Unsurprisingly, that incident puts her off water, a fear that is intensified by visions of a ghostly entity trying to lure her into the murky depths. Naturally nobody believes said character exists, with matters becoming even worse when Madison’s ‘friends’ decide they will try to cure her phobia with an intervention – an intervention that may unwittingly open the floodgates to a sodden universe….. Written and directed by Chad Archibald, who produced last year’s Frightfest offering Antisocial, The Drownsman sees the stars of that film Mylett and Ry Barrett reunite, along with the likes of Caroline Korycki and Sydney Kondruss. The Drownsman plays at London’s Frightfest on Friday, August 22.