Lake Mungo (2008) Review

Lake MungoAfter the tragic accidental death of Alice Palmer who drowned while swimming in the local dam her grieving family are left confused and distressed.

Attempting to come to terms with their loss and continue their lives they find that there is something very strange going on in their home and Alice’s empty room is occupied by something that should not be there.

Desperate to discover what is going on the family set up cameras to catch whatever phenomenon is frequenting their abode and seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist Ray Kemeny. However their quest for answers takes them on a dark and disturbing journey where secrets, lies and a terrifying truth will all be revealed whether they want it to be or not.

Lake Mungo

Presented as a factual documentary Lake Mungo can instantly be compared to Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project however writing it off as just another horror mockumentry would be doing it an injustice it does not deserve.Lake Mungo

Spectacularly simple and frighteningly real Lake Mungo is a chilling and unsettling ghost story that will get under your skin and stay with you long after the credits have rolled.

Written and directed by Australian first time filmmaker Joel Anderson the most impressive achievement of the movie is how real it seems a fact which ups the fright factor of the film to full force.

Pieced together using the language of modern documentaries we all now except and understand with interviews, news footage and the families movies and photos the spiraling complex storyline unfolds slowly and naturally twisting and turning with each new layer of secrets uncovered.

The cast of relative unknown Aussie TV actors are excellent and totally immersed in the characters and their stories which combined with the great direction makes Lake Mungo a very well made and carefully crafted piece of creepy cinema made all the more powerful by its truly real feel.

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Setting a new standard for all horror mockumentries and found footage films to follow Lake Mungo is gripping from start to finish. A subtle and simple movie this modern day ghost story is a must for all horror fans and will keep you on the edge of your seat scared and unsettled all the way through to the chilling end.

Movie Rating: ★

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Alex Humphrey

Alex studied film at the University of Kent and went on to work for Universal Pictures in their Post Room gaining an inside look at the movie industry from the very bottom. Constantly writing reviews in everything from local magazines to Hip Hop sites Alex honed his critical skills even spending a brief period as a restaurant critic. Read more

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