a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
If you've never seen a ghost... Look closer.
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…
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.
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…
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…
My wife came home from play rehearsal and all I could say was "I just saw a scary movie." Lake Mungo is excellent. That's all you need to know. Watch and shiver.
I think the celly-cam stuff and insistence on a thread about memories mediated by technology is a little stiff, but on the other hand it's not a cheap shock gimmick and the movie takes its characters' grief seriously.
A little more detail in the script could have raised this a notch. We barely learn anything about the the safe or diary or Alice's "secrets" that everyone keeps talking about. Several scenes & characters have no function other than to over-explain certain plot points. That said I did get one really deep chill, which was enough to make this memorable. The time-lapse photography was a nice touch. With a little more work up front though, this could've been much better.
PART OF GREG'S HORROR MARATHON: 2015
Falters a couple of times, with the "is it or isn't it a ghost?" aspect feeling a bit unnecessarily drawn out. There's also a subplot involving two of the Palmers' neighbors that didn't really work for me and adds little to the story besides a few moments of shock value.
Every time it gets back to the family's grief, though (and their struggle to make sense of Alice's tragic death), it devastates, using the documentary conceit in a way that adds to the emotional power of the story. The last 20-25 minutes especially are remarkable: heartbreaking, cathartic, and (in one remarkably executed scene that should go down as one of the best jump scares in history) truly terrifying. Definitely worth a watch in spite of its flaws.
"Death takes everything eventually. It's the meanest, dumbest machine there is, and it just keeps coming and it doesn't care."
This movie is the equivalent to standing in line for a roller coaster for 90 minutes with the exception of the park closing before you get to ride. waiting, nothing.....waiting, nothing happening....waits some more.....aaaannnnd nothing. Also, are we really suppose to believe no one saw her in any of the pictures, I get the director is tricking the audience but the fucking family studied these images.
31 Days of Horror- Film #23
Sophisticated, clever and well made. Acting is strong and makes you forget you’re actually watching a mockumentry. It lacks the suspense needed to be considered great and the story takes several turns which are to a detriment of the actual plot. So while it's not without out its issues Lake Mungo is an interesting flick that's definitely worth a watch.
Lazy ending, characters do weird things with little to no consequence. Missed opportunities to go in a darker more serious direction. Not bad but meh. If you really dig found footage stuff for whatever reason then you will probably like it.
We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
I'm a sucker for a positive list of modern horror movies.