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16 year old Alice Palmer drowns in a local dam. When her body is recovered and, her grieving family buries her. The family experiences a series of strange, inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. At Lake Mungo, Alice's secret past emerges.
It is rare for a film to so perfectly ape the detail of a documentary without letting its mask fall once, especially one that is trying to incorporate a fictional ghost story. Usually the dialogue, the use of found footage or the nuances of the acting tend betray the authenticity in one way or another but every beat here ticks along perfectly, although tellingly, a little too precisely.
Whether intentionally or not, its suburban, gothic style atmosphere is reminiscent of Twin Peaks, not to mention the girl in question,16-year-old Alice Palmer, sharing the same surname. There are other, more obvious horrors that spring to mind too, although director Joel Anderson delivers the chills in a far more restrained manner. The…
Part two of an Aussie found footage double bill with a film that isn't really a found footage film but is a film that does something interesting with the form.
And it is that interesting manipulation of the sub-genre of found footage films that makes Lake Mungo such a good film, despite the fact that it is quite possibly far cleverer than I think I originally realised.
Initially I thought I was in yet more tiresome 'start with the ending' territory with the way the film started but when you realise that this is film that is largely focused on what happens after Talia Zucker comes to a mysterious end, you quickly see that this is a bit different from…
Don't know how I managed to never hear about this one before today. Probably because I lost faith, and interest, in the "found footage" genre a long time ago... Sweet to see I once again was wrong. This was good - and smart. It did scare me (which is not such an achievement in itself, I'm a bit of a sissy) but it also makes a whole lot of sense in its depiction of how people deal with grief. It starts off slowly but its numerous twists eventually get you hooked. Add to that the rather polished direction and the gorgeous landscape and I was sold.
Joel Anderson's Lake Mungo is a classic case of a good idea poorly executed. It's not bad per se, but more instantly forgettable and I have no motivation to write about it. It kinda felt like it was part Paranormal Activity and part The Killing TV show, but not as good as either.
Film #2 of Hoop-Tober
"I feel like something bad is gonna happen to me. It hasn't reached me yet but it's on its way."
16 year old Alice Palmer drowns in a local dam. When her body is recovered and, her grieving family buries her. The family experiences a series of strange, inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. At Lake Mungo, Alice's secret past emerges. [Letterboxd]
Well, this is probably the creepiest found-footage film I've ever watched and that's saying a lot. There's no big cheap jump scares, just pure chilling imagery that haunts you for days…
“Alice kept secrets. She kept the fact that she kept secrets a secret.”
-Kim Whittle (Chloe Armstrong)
Film 23 of 35 of The Found Footage/Mockumentary Project.
Okay, since I have a full day to spare today, I’m going to power through some more films on the project, and really get this project nailed before my mind wanders to another menial task. Besides, we’re in with the big players now, the top 15 ‘Found Footage’ movies in my opinion (haven’t seen them all though), kicking off with Lake Mungo, the slow-burning supernatural drama from Australia.
Slow-burn is really the only word that can be used to describe this, that and unsettling. It’s a delicate film that trundles along in it its…
Sometimes that "found footage" mood really takes hold of a gal like me, and sometimes a gem like this really justifies that mood. Atmospheric, slow-moving and really pretty sad.
Creepy is the word for Lake Mungo. A well done found footage horror film that builds up great tension and includes some twists I didn't see coming. It becomes a little too hard to follow towards the end when the viewer is left with nothing, but there are some true scares here. The atmosphere is disturbing throughout.
Free-floating grief and bewilderment, draped over a skeletal narrative of a never-ending series of false supernatural starts that only reflect a broken domestic scene and an inability to properly process tragedy. This is like Fire Walk With Me, flipped backwards and with most everything people like about that movie removed, but still works because it's so clear this is a family whose pain is being wrenched into a narrative by an intelligent force behind the camera. The most thoughtfully produced mockumentary/found footage movie ever maybe, and also the most moving.
Where the fuck is Joel Anderson? A
Well done found footage - slow burn with ups and downs and lots of curves. The ending was a bit abrupt, was hoping for more of a punch. That is a very small niggle! Loved this one.
Second time seeing this one and I think its still just as effective as the first time I saw it. I consider this one underrated since I never hear anyone speak of it. Its shot in documentary style and follows a familys struggle as their daughter dies in mysterious circumstances. Her image starts showing up in photos and video around the house. Its done very well and its super creepy in my opinion. A movie that gives me the heebie jeebies. Especially watching it at night. Creepy and understated flick.
Lake Mungo is one of the most effective faux documentary horror films I've seen in a long time. I'm hesitant to call it found-footage because it isn't really presented as that, but cellphone clips and home video footage do play a big part in the unravelling mystery.
A young girl called Alice dies under mysterious circumstances and despite her body being identified in the morgue, her presence continues to haunt her family and those within their immediate radius. What first appears to be another supernatural-tinged exercise in "what-the-fuck-is-going-on?" storytelling slowly unfurls into something far more complex and surprising. The film wears its Australian heritage proudly and the spooky goings-on of homeland classics like Picnic at Hanging Rock or even something…
An unsettling, twisted and original story about a family overcoming the death of a loved one. Starts off slowly but just when you think you've seen this a million times, it takes a turn (more than once).
With simple interviews given in a documentary format, the story's pace is simple and does not dwell on visual effects. Simplicity is a key term to help us go nuts trying to figure what happens.
Personally love movies that leave me lingering.
This is a MUST watch.
Very interesting take on how to craft a horror film, unique. Took way too long to entice me into the film however, and I was tired of the use of b-roll footage. Though the second half of the film is worth the wait as we begin to expect the unknown and creepy in every single frame of film, searching the shadows and analysing the noisy footage like the film wants. In that regard I was very pulled into the film, and I did begin to feel its atmosphere and scares.
Maybe we need that first half to get to the emotional attachment needed for the second. Though I do wish we had the same feel throughout the entire film rather than the first half being what it is. Worth a watch.
This did what Interstellar did but before Interstellar did it and using the right context (of the supernatural).
It's a pretty atmospheric ghastly portrait. You just gotta sit through the first segment where you think you know where this is going. It's not just a Ghost Hunters episode, it's actually pretty good stuff.
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
With a list of…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…