MOVIE REVIEW: LAKE MUNGO
Sixteen-year-old ALICE PALMER drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered in and around their home.
Directed by Joel Anderson
Cast: Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe, Talia Zucker
Release Date: Jan 21, 2010
Rated R for a scene of sexuality, and brief gruesome images
Runtime: 89 Minutes
Genres: Art House/Foreign, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Lake Mungo is a hidden gem of a horror film. It’s not a horror film in the most standard definition; instead it’s a serious mocumentary that explores ghostly goings on with a family along with their grief and sense of loss. It all done with some a deft hand that it feels real for the better part of it’s run time. Director Joel Anderson really hits on some interesting nerves as he gives his film an emotional center that feels authentic and realistic. Slow to start the plot really finds its footing as the central mystery unravels. Unlike the recent Paranormal Activity series which places you in the actual house for the duration, Lake Mungo makes great use of blurry videos and photos intermixed with talking head interviews with the people involved. It feels like an actual documentary you might see on TV. The plot itself is strong but leaves a lot of open threads that remain unanswered through the films conclusion. It’s the kind of ghost story that really simmers in your mind, percolating well after the film is over.