Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…
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…
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.
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…
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.
“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…
Spooky, well crafted faux-documentary with a believable cast and a twisting mystery that achieves a decent creepy atmosphere.
A decent mockumentary about spooky ghosts that starts to lose its way after a twist around the halfway point. Its like they didn't know what else to do so they just started throwing in one small twist after another until it just kind of ends on a flat note. The movie isn't really scary, but there are a few creepy images. Its just disappointing that it never really amounts to much.
This film is phenomenal and heartbreaking and I love every bit of it. I found this to be similar in a way to Noroi The Curse. The film instead of relying on shitty and laughable jump scares, relies on a slow building narrative that just creeps up on you throughout and it works in being scary but also works in being emotionally invested in its characters and story. It should also be noted here that the ending scene is just so fucking good. The idea of the ending was amazing to me and while it might not be terribly scary, it's creepy and one of the more emotionally charged things in a film of this type.
No one had the foresight to get a few cartons of Um Bongo in some shots.
Great creepy film. Told as mock documentary. A bit similar to Paranormal Activity and pre-dates it by a year. Pretty impressive given it's low Australian budget. Or should I say a clever use of low funds to make an effective thriller.
Buena ambientación y buena idea, pero demasiado documental y poco "found footage" dando así un desarrollo que no aprovecha nada algo que habría dado para mucho.
The dead years are often the most difficult.
The characters and events are fictional.The plot follows an already well trodden path as a supernatural thriller.
Its all been done before.
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
"Horror is one of the most readily dismissed genres from critics and film buffs, yet is, arguably, the…