Lake Mungo

Lake Mungo ★★★

Hallowtober 2019
2019 Watchlist Ranked

"I feel like something bad has happened. It hasn't reached me yet but it's on its way."

Never underestimate the power of the human mind. Deep down, we're all little kids pretending our bed sheets provide immunity from the thing under our bed. Lake Mungo effectively plays up those fears of the unknown by using subtle imagery and relying on simple suggestion to make us feel a creeping dread. It's a clever tactic that espouses the reason why so many low-budget horror films have creatively and financially superseded big budget tentpole films.

I just wish this had other surprises up its sleeves. I kept waiting for it to throw something at me and shock me out of my element. Don't get me wrong, the way this film sticks to its workmanlike documentary format is admirable but in doing so, it obstructs what should otherwise be a chilling experience.

I really dug the unsettling narrative reveals but wish they were handled more thoughtfully and not so dutifully. All in all, Lake Mungo is a fairly absorbing jaunt from low-budget filmmakers who know how to deliver where it matters.

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