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Lake Mungo

6.21 h 27 min2010X-RayNR
Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local reservoir. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. Then, they begin to experience a series of strange and inexplicable events centred in and around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist Ray Kemeney. He discovers tha...
Joel Anderson
Talia ZuckerRosie TraynorDavid Pledger
English [CC]
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3.9 out of 5 stars

529 global ratings

  1. 47% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 21% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 14% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
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shingodzillASSReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The only film to ever truly frighten me
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The only horror film to ever actually frighten me. There is ONE jumpscare, and no matter how many times you watch this film, it’ll get you every time. The rest is entirely tension, this film makes you uncomfortable to the point it’s difficult to watch. It’s creepy atmosphere is relentless. The film uses the paranormal to its best abilities, and in the end you will believe ghosts are real. The film deals with grief, and is tough to watch. It’s not a happy film, and will definitely leave you a little forlorn, but it makes up for that with how terrifying it is. The first time you see the dead body in this film, it will shock you. The second time, is something I will never forget for the rest of my life. An Australian masterpiece.
9 people found this helpful
Joanne SheppardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 April 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Subtly unnerving, beautifully acted horror
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Lake Mungo is an exceptionally well-acted and cleverly made horror film with a quietly unsettling undercurrent to it. If you only like horror with jump-scares and shocks then this probably isn't one for you, but if you like understated, subtly creepy ideas and images then Lake Mungo will be right up your street.

The film is presented as a documentary about the death of a teenage girl. It pieces together news reports, found footage and interviews to create an unnervingly realistic feel; the actors appear to be improvising because their dialogue and delivery appears completely natural and unscripted; if you were unaware that this was fiction you could absolutely believe you were watching a genuine documentary feature. The film gradually reveals what happened in the aftermath of a death that rocks a small Australian community, and it's unclear what is and isn't 'real'.

This film really got under my skin and I would certainly watch it again. By the way - it's essential to stay with this one through the end credits.
20 people found this helpful
IceQReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Lake confused
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After watching this pile of crap I was confused as to what the hell I'd just watched, they've basically taken the "found footage" idea/gimmick and tried to pass it off as a documentary, it would probably work well in the right hands but by the end you realise that it wasn't in the right hands. This movie (if you can call it that) is a complete and utter mess, starts off really well and then just turns into a pile of mess, now I don't usually spoil movies and if you are eager to give this a watch then stop reading this. So basically girl drowns in a lake and her body is discovered two days later, after her death her brother discovers her standing around like a right knob in the odd picture here n there or see a very grainy and definitely not scary image of her in the "home made" videos which is later on revealed by the brother that he faked it all, enter below average physic/medium who is treating/helping the mother which is later revealed to be the same person who treating/helping said dead daughter and understandbly upon realising this the family decide to step back from him, meanwhile family finds footage from various friends phones of her trip a few weeks from her death which shows her burying something so they decide to dig up and find her phone and some other belongings, on her phone is a very grainy image something she saw which was her own dead body, same bloated look her dead body has when recovered from the water at the start. Why? How? Well that's not important, they also throw in a side story of her extra activaties with the parents of children she babysat for who where also her neighbour's, who filmed it? Why? How? There's so much going on and it fails in every department, most of all its claims to be a movie never mind a horror movie.
Robert WalkerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 June 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Not gonna bore anyone with a synopsis of the film, as this is already written about. But I'll just say that this is a fantastic Australian ghost film, with great acting. What sets this film apart from others is that it's shot documentary style, which in my opinion adds to the realism. As for the actual product, I think the film and it's wealth of special features is worth the price alone.But add in the limited edition contents of a surprisingly thick book about the film and some postcards all housed in a rigid case. Then it becomes a no brainer. Released by second sight, which is another fantastic release by this company. The Australians have made some cracking Horror/Ghost movies. This one is right up there with them. Buy this before it sells out
2 people found this helpful
BarbaraReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
All the dark corners
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Properly creepy. I watched this with increasing apprehension and interest. But the way I really knew it was an unusually good horror film was that I couldn't stick my arm or leg out from under the duvet after I watched it. I kept thinking about some of the things in the movie and what might be creeping around in my house that I hadn't noticed yet. Normally I watch a horror flick and turn in and sleep like the dead. But after this one, I felt as though switching out the light and trying to get to sleep wasn't what I really wanted to do.
11 people found this helpful
Thomas C.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 July 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great realistic documentary style horror film
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I really enjoyed this film. There was a really good slow build up, characters establishments and developments was quite interesting. The story was not as predictable as similar films, some good twists. The general atmosphere of the film and is realistic approach are really the strength of it. It feels real and it’s disturbing and keeps you want to know more about what is going on. For a fake documentary they even managed to sneak in some really Interesting shots. It could be a little bit slow at some points, don’t expect anything like paranormal activity but more like a slow real realistic documentary. Definitely worth checking
hamptoncherryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 December 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
What was this?
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A good idea and very good acting turned into a mediocre story. Filmed in a "documentary" format it seems to be telling about the girl who saw her own future and her family's future before her death. While the concept is interesting, the implementation is positively drab. Interviews are all you see, done in hushed tones, unemotional, sometimes disjointed, very slow progress. The only things that keeps it all together and earns three stars is actors' performance. Otherwise it was a waste of time. And waste of money. I was stupid enough to pay for it. Scary? No. Interesting? No. Take this idea and acting, add more "life" to it, more background and special effects, and it could have been superb.
4 people found this helpful
sassy28Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 July 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
A bit of a let down
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I'd seen Lake Mungo featured on quite a few "top 10" horror lists and it seemed to be highly praised. Having watched it I really don't know why. As a mockumentary it's great, they did a really good job of it but the story just dissolves into complete nonsense half way through the film and is anything but scary.
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