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Ben Drowns Again (film)

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Ben Drowns Again is a 2020 documentary horror film wrriten and directed by mystery YouTube creator Ryan, based on the creepypasta of the alternate reality game Ben Drowned. It stars Ryan himself, MamaMax, Nefarious TV, Jym Pagel, and Doug B. It is also helped by the game's crew. It follows Alexander D. "Jadusable" Hall, the creator of the game, who played his own game and experience terrors as he started playing, and Ryan investigating the creepypasta. The film was released at Ryan's channel Nexpo on June 13th 2020.

Ben Drowns Again
A horrifying color-altered image of three figures in a hall, with the title in the bottom left.
The YouTube thumbnail
Directed byMamaMax
Produced byRyan
Story byAlex D. Hall
Based onThe creepypasta of Ben Drowned
Nefarious TV
Jym Pagel
Doug B.
Narrated byRyan
Music byJym Pagel
CinematographyNefarious TV
Edited byRyan
Release date
June 13th 2020
Running time
75 min
CountryUnited States

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On late September 2010 in Houston, Texas, Alexander D. "Jadusable" Hall wants to take a break from playing hard games, and bought a free Nintendo home console on Craigslist from a man via his grandfather. In the set is included his game, Hunted Majora's Mask Cartridge.

That night, he plays the game, and discovered that a saved slot named 'Ben' is in it, which turned out to be the name of the old, deceased owner. He started making a new slot named 'Link.' Throughout the gameplay, he felt unsettled and unnerved, with the feeling that 'Ben' was here. This would develop as he played more. Days later, his slot was lost, replaced with 'Drowned,' hence 'Ben Drowned.'

One day, he tries to find the grandfather to try ask him questions, but is blocked by a mysterious man. One night, as his sanity starts dropping, he received a message from Ben, disguised as Cleverbot. The way it is chatting like a stalker makes him think that Ben is watching him, and to prevent himself from being mad, he stopped playing. He then recorded several of his gameplays and told his roomate to upload it to YouTube. He also posted his story to 4chan.


The fictional story then ends here, with Ryan now investigating this creepypasta. Ryan founds out that Jadusable has posted a cipher, in which the deciphered URL's site has the game's catchphrase 'You shouldn't have done that,' which when is added a .net, leads to a website called The Moon Children, a cult featured in the game. Ryan and his friends tried experimenting by requesting to enter, but gets no reply. Turns out the site's admin DROWNED has been suspicious about the new entries.

He soon finds an article of the cult's mantra, where it's clear that the cult does sacrifice, and that once it is done, the new member will be recruited. It is also discovered that several members have been missing. After a gameplay video by channel TheLinkIsMissing named fj6rt (ref. ifrit, a member), The Moon Children's site is taken down. The gameplay depicts the character playing a melody called The Sound of Time, which means that when certain melody is played, real outcomes are made. Another melody, New Wave Bosa Nova, which lead to a member's disappearance. Another video of the character dead was then posted, which lead to the death of the cult entirely.

Jadusable then announced that the narrative is being financially halted, before continuing again in early 2020.

The film then ends, out of story, with the film's crew stumbling upon a still dopplegänger of Nefarious TV, and in the game, the save slot reads 'Nef Drowned.'


  • Ryan as Alexander D. "Jadusable Hall" in 'Backstory,' and himself in 'Investigation.'
  • MamaMax as Jadusable's friend
  • Doug B. as the grandfather
  • Jym Pagel as the person who blocked Jadusable from entering the grandfather's house


Principal photography took place in Houston, Texas between April 7th and May 1st.[1][2][3][4] On Twitter, the film crew reveals that the film Midsommar mainly inspires the narrative and cinematography.[5][6]

In the movie's credits, Ryan revealed that Jadusable and the entire game's crew also helped with the writing process.


On May 5th 2020, Ryan tweeted that only his Patreon page subscribers will get script access (also meaning early access to the entire plot).[7]

The reveal teaser was posted on late May 16th. The film is then released on June 13th.


Ben Drowns Again Original Score
⏳ Length49:47
🤑 ProducerJym Pagel

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1."Main Theme"7:44
2."Introduction and Song of Healing"5:31
3."Picture This"1:47
4."Go Play Nintendo"1:41
5."The Old Man"1:27
6."We Don't Talk About Ben"1:12
7."Cables and Cords"1:16
8."I Know Ben Drowned"1:07
9."Ben Drowned"1:20
10."The Nightmare"0:59
11."I Never Wanted This"0:47
12."My Notes End Here"1:19
13."I'm Glad You Did That"1:23
15."The Story Continues"0:43
16."Moon Children"0:50
17."Moon Children Pledge"0:35
18."The Final Day"0:47
20."Song of Unhealing"12:42
Total length:45:56
1."Elegy of Emptiness"1:17
2."Snow Mountain Theme"0:55
3."Ocarina of Time Reimagined"1:39
Total length:3:51


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  2. "just like i remember it". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-06-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  3. "Missin' my boys already". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-06-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. "It was in Texas..." Twitter. Retrieved 2020-06-26. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. "TLS..." Twitter. Retrieved 2020-06-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "Legit so happy someone noticed". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-06-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. ☾, Ryan. "Script access". Twitter. Retrieved 2020-06-25. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

External links[edit]

Category:Film Category:Documentaries Category:Films set in 2015 Category:Films about games Category:Films released on YouTubeCategory:Films set in Texas

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