The Drownsman (2014) Movie Script

Please, not today, Sebastian.
No! No!
No! No!
No! No!
No, Sebastian!
No, please.
No! No! No!
Please, Sebastian, no.
Where are you?
Where are you?
Where are you?
What did you say?
You said yes, right?
I don't know, it was late,
there were drinks.
Hannah, come on.
Best friends get to hear first.
Okay, if you must know...
I've been tamed.
- Congratulations.
- Thank you.
I'm so happy for you.
Who starts an engagement story
and then runs off laughing?
She said yes.
I think more drinks
are in order.
Hannah's getting hitched!
Hannah, where are we going?
Just come on.
Well, this is romantic.
I don't know if you've heard,
but I'm getting married.
Yeah, that's the word
on the street.
And I have a couple
of positions to fill.
Like what?
Like bartender, DJ...
maid of honor?
You want the gig?
No buts. Just yes.
Yeah, I'm in.
I gotta pee.
Always classy.
You know you can't do that
in a wedding dress, right?
I'll have to prove you wrong.
Oh, God.
That's it, you're all right.
You're all right. You're okay.
Shh, hey. You're okay.
You're okay.
You're all right.
You're all right.
What happened?
What happened?
- You're okay.
- You fell into the lake.
You hit your head.
Let me see.
No, no, no.
There was something...
No, no, no, you're okay.
Shh, that's it. That's it.
I think you've
had enough for tonight.
- It's okay.
- We should go to the hospital.
- Hey, look at me. You're okay.
- Okay, she's fine.
Show's over, people.
Maddie, you're okay.
It's okay.
- We should get her warm.
- Shh.
That's it. You're okay.
Are you fucking serious?
For one night,
for one very important night,
you couldn't just suck it up and
act like a normal human being?
I have entertained these issues
for the past year.
Your ups and downs.
It's not going to kill you,
You're not gonna drown from it.
I understand
what you went through, Maddie.
I was there, but... fuck.
- Hannah...
- I don't want to hear it.
You need to deal with this.
I talked to the other girls.
And this was
supposed to be my night.
Tomorrow... tomorrow,
we're gonna deal with this.
I tried, okay? I just...
You just missed
my wedding, Maddie.
You're my maid of honor...
and you just missed my wedding.
What can I do
to make it up to you?
No! No!
Be at my house tomorrow.
8:00 PM.
So I've never seen a bride
punch out a groomsman before.
Yeah, that happened.
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.
I wanted to be there.
I just felt like something bad
was gonna happen.
Something bad did happen.
You missed her wedding.
Be there tonight.
What's happening tonight?
Hey, guys.
This is Cathryn, Kobie's friend.
She's gonna be
helping us out tonight.
I hope you don't mind, Maddie.
Kobie's been telling me
what's been going on
and I have a bit of experience
in the field.
In what field?
Contacting the other side.
Don't worry, Maddie.
Just take a seat
and we'll fill you in, okay?
You guys, I...
I wanted to say that I'm...
I'm so sorry about yesterday.
Look, Maddie,
we appreciate your apology,
but we've all heard it before
and nothing changes.
We're all here
because we love you.
Don't worry about me.
This is an intervention,
You need to understand
that this is just a phobia.
I know that it's a strong one.
People overcome their fears
all the time.
It's not just that.
That's why I'm here, Maddie.
You know, from what I've heard,
you might be
experiencing hauntings.
Let's not call them hauntings,
No, Hannah,
these could be hauntings.
I've been researching
various methods of cleansing.
We're gonna try and make contact
with the entity you're seeing.
Now, if it's an especially
evil entity, then we...
I'm sure it's something
that can be easily helped.
I've seen some malevolent
spirits in my line of work.
Entities that can do anything
from blowing curtains
to setting fires.
There's a whole world beyond us
that most people don't believe
a dangerous place
where tortured souls go to die
- full of pain and...
- Cathryn?
Can I speak to you
in the other room for a minute?
Well, we're about
to get started here.
It will only take a minute.
Listen, take it easy
with the hauntings shit.
Look, we want this to look real,
but don't go overboard.
Kobie said that you
want to make contact.
Yes, but this isn't
an exorcism.
Look, just wave
some incense around
and tell her that whatever it is
that's keeping her up at night
is gone
so that she can
move on with her life.
Look, the last thing I need
is you putting
more crazy ideas in her head.
She has a mental illness.
- What if she's...
- Listen, it's not real.
Last time I'm gonna say it.
Look, this was Kobie's idea
and I reluctantly
agreed to go along with it.
Don't make me
regret my decision.
The room's set up.
Cathryn's done this before.
You don't need to worry.
You guys, I'm...
really not comfortable.
Maddie, you are going,
like, full-blown crazy
and it needs to stop.
You're here to do this,
and nobody's going to
leave this house
until we give it a try.
Try what?
We'll show you.
No, please, no, no.
Don't worry.
We would never make you do
anything you didn't want to.
Okay? But tonight
you can prove to us
that you're at least
willing to try to get past this.
Guys, please.
I can't do this.
Maddie, listen to me.
We're all here for you.
But you have
to confront this tonight
so you can see that there's
nothing trying to hurt you.
You'll be fine, I promise.
This is how
you make it up to her.
You can either face it
here with us
or let it ruin you alone.
Because after tonight...
we're not gonna be here.
Come on. It's okay.
- Cathryn?
- We need a conduit
if you're going to make contact.
The bathtub will act as a bridge
to the other side.
It's okay.
We're all here.
Everyone, relax.
Take a few deep breaths.
We want a comfortable environment
to welcome our guest.
You guys, I can't stress
how much of a bad idea
I think this is.
Maddie, it's okay.
Cathryn's a professional.
Okay, here we go.
We open ourselves up
to communicate
with whoever it is
that wishes to speak to Madison.
We welcome ourselves
to this spirit.
If you are here with us,
please show us a sign.
that's good.
We have someone here with us.
Whoever you are,
we are here to make peace.
We are reassuring Madison that
you are not here to harm her,
but just a lost soul.
If you do
wish Madison any harm...
show us a sign now.
Well, that's good news.
No, no, no.
Don't break the circle.
- What the fuck, guys?
- That wasn't me.
This is done.
Maddie, relax.
- It was all a hoax.
- No, it's...
No, it was a hoax.
Sorry, we thought
if we could convince you
that nothing was wrong...
we just thought it would help.
Thanks for taking
this seriously, you guys.
Maddie, sorry.
Look, we probably
shouldn't have,
but we can't keep watching you
do this to yourself.
I'm not trying to do this.
I don't know what to do.
Nothing helps.
Look, if you really
want to get better...
we have to do
something radical.
Do you want to get better?
You'll be safe.
We're all here and we won't let
anything happen to you.
I can feel him.
He's here.
No, he's not.
He's not real.
Just face it, Maddie.
Just lean back into our arms
and you'll see once and for all.
Don't let me go, okay?
Pull her out!
Pull her out!
- I can't!
- Calm down.
She's gonna drown!
Get her out!
I can't!
Get out of the way!
God, Maddie.
Maddie? Maddie?
Oh, shit.
Maddie? Maddie?
Maddie, are you okay?
Are you okay, Maddie?
Maddie, what just happened?
- Who is that?
- What?
Oh, my God, someone's here.
- I just saw him.
- Enough!
No, I swear,
someone was right there!
You think playing mind games
with her is okay?
Were you holding her under?
No, I didn't.
I swear someone was right there.
No more fucking games.
Get out now!
Maddie, I'm so sorry.
That was supposed to help.
Can I go home now?
After a traumatic experience,
the mind can have all sorts
of different reactions.
The visions you're having,
you've created subconsciously.
Like any phobia,
it's the brain's manifestations
that do the most harm.
This fear is the same.
I get what you're saying.
But this is different.
- What I'm seeing, it's...
- It's in your head.
I know you feel
what you're going through,
it's different.
But trust me,
I've seen it before.
You have episodes when you're
close to what you're afraid of.
That's normal.
It's your mind
personifying your fear.
We can deal with this together,
but I need you to embrace
what I'm telling you.
The longer you tell yourself
these visions are real,
the longer you're going to
Do you really want
to go through life
taking your liquids
through a tube?
I know you've had a hard time
growing up without a family,
but you have one now
with your friends.
Don't let these issues
ruin those relationships.
Hi, I'm looking
for Henley Jacobs.
So probably gonna go...
- Yeah.
- Yeah? Okay.
This is Butter. It's from
So that's probably gonna blend in
well with the dress you're wearing.
Hi, you've reached Kobie.
I can't get to the phone right
but just leave a message
and I'll get back to you.
Hey, Kobie.
You haven't returned my calls.
Please get back to me.
It's important.
What, you're not answering
your phone now?
Hey, talk to me.
I'm sorry about last night,
I'm just trying to help you
get past this.
I'll get past this on my own.
Maddie, please.
You're sick and you need help.
Stop saying that, okay?
Have you ever
even asked yourself,
"Maybe she's not crazy"?
I don't know, maybe that's
something a best friend
should at least want to
I was just leaving.
Maddie, please.
I'm sorry, okay?
Where are you going?
You wouldn't believe me
if I told you.
I'll do it.
Okay? I'll admit it.
Last night freaked me out.
I've been trying to and I
can't explain what happened.
You got me, okay?
What if you're telling the
Let me by, please.
Let me help.
Look, whatever you wanna do,
wherever you want to go,
no questions.
I promise.
Look, Maddie, I messed up, okay?
But just let me help.
Okay, I'll drive.
Can you at least tell me
who we're meeting with?
His name is Henley Jacobs
and he knows something
that might be able to help me.
That's all you need to know.
Okay, Hannah, please just
don't make this difficult.
So what does he know?
- Hannah, please.
- Sorry, I'm done.
I'm a fly on the wall.
Fly on the wall.
Who is it?
Hey, it's, um...
it's Madison.
We spoke on the phone earlier.
Come in and close the door.
So what are you two young ladies
doing in my house today?
Um, I wanted to ask you
about the Drownsman.
Of course you do.
What can you tell me about him?
I've wasted too many years
discussing that topic.
Please, sir, um...
I'm seeing this man.
How are you seeing him?
In visions.
Okay, out. Get out.
Time to go.
Sir... sir, please.
It's getting worse,
and I don't know how to stop it.
Forget about it.
Don't let it do to you
what it did to me.
Come on, Maddie, let's go.
I'm sorry for what happened.
He killed your daughter.
He killed other girls, too.
What stopped him?
She was to be
one of his victims.
But she drowned him.
Drowned him in the same place
that he drowned
the other women.
Where is she now?
You don't want to speak to her.
Please, sir, I think we would.
Soon after she killed him,
she said she also had visions.
How did she stop them?
She didn't stop them.
She burned down her house,
she burned the neighbor's
house down.
She killed the man
who killed my daughter.
Three, four times a day
he would take me to the basin.
I struggled until I realized
he wasn't trying to drown me.
It's not until
your last breath is taken
can you cross over.
These are all the answers
I could find.
Did the police
ever find his body?
Just bones. All female.
Take these memories.
I don't need 'em anymore.
Hey, how's our
crazy little friend?
Um, yeah, she's okay.
When I got up this morning,
I went downstairs
and I poked my head
into her room.
She looks like
she's losing her mind.
Look, when are you coming home?
I'm just finishing up here, why?
Just get home, okay?
We need to talk.
Yeah, okay, sure.
Oh, Jesus.
You okay?
So they're
ramblings of a madman.
Okay, like, "Last night,
I spent the evening
trying to drown myself
in the bathtub
in hopes he would take me."
This guy's a nut.
Okay, sorry.
Got it.
- It's just, why would...
- Just please keep looking.
Okay, so a number of women
go missing over the years
and then all of a sudden,
one of them shows up...
Saying that she's killed him,
but the police can't find a
Well, the woman sounds crazy.
Why would they believe her?
They didn't.
Oh, shit.
What's that?
"The only records
I've been able to find
on Sebastian Donner
are about his birth.
On July 30th, 1954,
Louise Donner passed away
giving birth
to an 18-pound baby.
She had been pregnant with him
for over 19 months.
As a boy, Sebastian claimed
he could vividly remember
the sound
of his mother's heartbeat...
while in the womb."
You good to close up still,
- Yeah, of course.
- See ya. Bye.
Kobie, please,
you need to get out of here.
What are you doing here?
I seriously don't
want to see you right now.
Something's after us.
All of us.
I saw him.
Oh, my God, Cathryn.
I vouched for you last night.
I told them
that you could sell it,
but instead
you made it so much worse.
Yes, I made it worse.
We opened something,
a gateway to something evil.
I don't know what to do.
I don't know how to stop it.
Madison isn't making this up.
We need to tell her.
I'm here to warn you.
Jesus, just leave me
and my friends alone.
I wouldn't be surprised if
your friends are already dead.
I wish I was lying.
Get out.
I wasn't holding her under.
I wasn't even near the tub.
Kobie, I wasn't holding her
You know I wouldn't do that.
Help me! Help me!
Help me! Help! Help!
Help! Help me!
Help me!
Where are you?
Show yourself.
Terra ignus aqua.
All three.
Keep thy enemy away from me.
Earth by divinity,
divinity by earth.
Keep thy enemy away from me.
Please, no.
Okay, Isabelle.
Let's start with his basement.
Tell me about it.
I remember the smell.
It was horrible.
Under the baseboards,
he would keep the dead girls.
I pretended I wanted
to be with him.
As I held him under,
I swear I could feel
his heart break.
Then he was gone.
But his soul would live on...
in my womb.
He raped her.
He raped Isabelle,
left her with a baby.
Hannah, don't. Don't.
Hannah, please.
Hey, it's Lauren.
Leave a message after the beep.
Hey, this is Lauren's ph...
That bastard.
I felt bad for him some days.
...even through all his evil...
...his pain could be seen.
His suffering.
I'd see it for moments.
Then it's back to the terrible,
sick monster that he was.
Maddie, I saw him!
Who is that?
Cathryn said to stay away
from water.
Where is she now?
No, no.
This isn't happening.
There's got to be
an explanation for this.
She was trying to warn us.
We have to get out of here.
Where are we going?
I know what you guys
are gonna say...
but shouldn't we call the
Kobie, my best friends wouldn't
even believe this is real.
You think the police
are going to?
Maybe they've heard
of something like this.
Maybe they haven't, okay?
And then who are they
gonna blame?
What are these?
That night at the lake...
my accident,
this is what I saw.
Dr. Malcolm to ward three.
Dr. Malcolm to ward three.
- Oh, hello.
- Hi.
I'm looking for the whereabouts
of a former patient of yours.
Her name is Isabelle Heller.
- Isabelle?
- Yes, do you know her?
- Yes, she's still here.
- Could we see her?
She hasn't had a visitor
in a long time.
It might be good for her.
Oh, I have to ask you...
do you have any matches,
lighters, anything flammable?
- No.
- No.
Good, Carter.
Isabelle Heller
has some guests.
- You're here to see Isabelle?
- Yes.
Do you have
anything flammable on you?
- I already asked.
- Okay.
Well, then, follow me.
Okay, thank you.
We've had to be pretty careful
after her incident.
What happened?
A few years back, Isabelle
stole a lighter from a nurse.
She lit the whole
east wing on fire.
We almost lost her.
Isabelle Heller?
We were wondering if we could
ask you some questions.
Please, it's an emergency.
We want to know
about Sebastian Donner.
They said he spent
too long in the womb,
and when he held me under,
he could feel my heartbeat
echo through the water...
like a baby child
in its mother's belly.
We've seen this man.
First just me,
but now he's after my friends.
He took them.
He first came to me in visions.
He would come for you.
I'm surprised
you lasted this long.
Wait, what do you mean
"lasted this long"?
Madison, come over here.
How do you know my name?
It means...
gift from God.
I gave it to you.
There were too many fires.
Mostly while you
were still in my belly.
But I just wanted
to keep him away from you.
My baby girl.
You're my mother?
So beautiful.
and untouched.
Even from his seed.
He... he's m...
He wants his daughter.
You do not let him get her!
Isabelle, please.
Please, we need to know
how to stop him.
He's always waiting.
He's always waiting
to reach out for you! For me!
A broken heart!
He's so angry!
He will take you there,
all of you!
- Calm down.
- He wants his baby!
- Time to rest.
- No!
- Time to rest, Isabelle.
- No, he will get you!
Time to leave, girls.
- No, don't let him get her!
- Go, now!
Isabelle, it's okay! Relax.
Code white!
...'cause he will get you!
He will get all of...!
It's gonna be okay, Maddie.
We'll get through this.
Get up on the railings now!
Oh, no!
What do we do?
Hold on!
- I can't hold on!
- Please, don't let me go!
I can't hold on!
Please don't let me go!
- Kobie!
- No, Kobie!
Oh, my God, Kobie.
No, Kobie.
This is where he takes them.
She'll be there.
Sebastian Donner's house.
This is where we go.
Hey, hey.
Let's go find her, okay?
Okay. Okay.
It's close.
All those fires that she
She did it to keep him away.
What are you looking for?
Okay, Maddie, I want you
to stay calm, okay?
No, no.
Maddie, stay calm.
We're almost there.
I know I haven't said it before,
but I am so, so sorry.
I should have at least
considered the possibility
that it was real...
what you were seeing.
To be honest, I didn't really
believe it myself until tonight.
Look, we watch each other's
backs in there, okay?
We're here.
To keep him away.
You gonna be okay in there?
Hey, we'll be strong
if we stick together.
Let's come back, okay?
We have to go now.
Not even close.
He brings them to the basement.
We need to find it.
Hey, just stay close, okay?
Are you okay?
Okay, I'm coming down.
- Help, Maddie!
- Hannah?
- Maddie, help!
- Hannah?
Where are you?
Just take me.
Hannah! Hannah!
You gotta get me out!
Hannah, please.
Hannah, come on.
Madison, help me!
Help me!
Hannah, please.
Please, Hannah, please.
Please, Hannah.
Come on.
Hannah, please wake up.
Go again. Okay, okay.
Let me say good-bye.
No. Father!
I'm sorry.
You've been like
a sister to me.
I love you.
It's not until
your last breath is taken
can you cross over.
The police were here.
And they questioned me
about the girls you were with.
They're dead.
It's okay.
- No.
- He's gone.
No, no.
I killed him.
He hasn't been killed.
He's been waiting.