We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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.
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.
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.
“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…
Interesting take on the found-footage supernatural horror films. Lake Mungo set up a great creepy atmosphere, and acting was fine all around, but it does move a bit slow. There are some interesting twists to it, but not enough scares in my opinion. The film does end up on a high note, but other parts of the story could've used more attention. Especially the whole deal between the girl and the neighbour. Anyway, it was a refreshing take on a ghost story and I am glad to have seen it.
Genuinely contemplative, genuinely committed to the documentary "screen" that's framing all its narrative and action. Inventive, well-conceived twists and two or three moments that give me the serious willies. Actual characters whose grief is actually examined and explored. A nice alternative to so much of the thoughtless, cliche crap that passes for horror. Maybe missing only one more moment (or level of) derangement, but still very solid. (And who doesn't appreciate a slow-burn TWIN PEAKS riff?)
Pretty good as far as horror mockumentaries go. It never really feels like its overreaching with its premise, which is more than can be said with most movies of this type. The acting and presentation all feel realistic enough, and although there is some remarkably coincidental footage captured it still seems like it could be stuff that would show up in an actual documentary. That being said, it's not ever really scary, more just kinda creepy and eerie throughout, and the constant revelations kind of make each one seem a little less important. Still, I'd say its a pretty good movie for the end of October if you're a little burnt out on super scary or gory ones.
Incredibly eerie and unsettling. Not quite horrifying aside from one notable moment. But what sets this movie apart is how well it utilizes and pulls off the mockumentary/found footage style. It was exactly like watching any of those ghost story TV shows but, yanno, actually creepy. The acting was really excellent, especially from the actors playing the girl's parents. I'm not a fan of getting spooked but this movie was so good even I have to admit I enjoyed it.
Are ghosts real? Are they just made up? Is everything in life just coincidence or are the ties we hold to our family strong enough to surpass the boundaries of life and death?
It's interesting to see the kind of narrative one can create through the magic of what folks have dubbed the "found-footage" genre. At times, this documentary (because I refuse to refer to it as anything but that considering its dedication to realism) is unsettling. The way it establishes this small-town murder-mystery of sorts and focuses its lens on the way those from beyond might impact our lives is ace. Other times, it's tender and emotionally driven, something I find sorely lacking in films that fall under the…
Has a surface similarity to the Paranormal Activity-franchise, but is quite different in its understated execution: not just by focusing on interviews and reconstructions, but also in preferring a slowly increasing feeling of dread over shock effects. While this often makes for uncomfortable viewing (in a good way), the central mystery ultimately lets it down a bit.
Wow, that's a terrible poster for this movie. I was really impressed by this. It was such a convincing late 2000s looking documentary, that I actually had to check Wikipedia while watching it to see if this was non-fiction. (I should have waited a few more minutes.) It uses the format to really great effect because it can be really effective with a cold discovery. Good recommendation for those who like horror films but don't like jump scares.
Wow, a really good premise delivered really poorly. This had so much potential.
A series of interviews with awful sound mixing pretending to be a horror film.
Steadily creepy documentary-style Aussie horror that plays like a mystery. There's no jump scares a la Paranormal Activity just a good story that uses some cleverly shot video footage to create chills. The downbeat conclusion is somewhat open-ended while allowing for closure at the same time. It's a great, little movie.
- Whistle and I'll Come to You
- The Woman in Black
- The House with Laughing Windows
- Who Can Kill a Child?
- Night of the Living Dead
- Night of the Living Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Dawn of the Dead
- Day of the Dead
Horror movies are by far my favorite, so I've decided to make a list with all of them I remember…
- The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
- The Thing
- The Shining
- Black Christmas
A list of the very finest horror films I've ever seen.
I refrained from including certain films - even ones…