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Lake Mungo (2008)

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A supernatural drama about grief.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
June Palmer
David Pledger ...
Russell Palmer
Alice Palmer
Tania Lentini ...
Georgie Ritter
Cameron Strachan ...
Leith Ritter
Judith Roberts ...
Iris Long
Robin Cuming ...
Garret Long
Marcus Costello ...
Jason Whittle
Chloe Armstrong ...
Carole Patullo ...
Sargent Drouin
John Dunn ...
Funeral Director
Laurie Dunn ...
Funeral Director
Kirsty McDonald ...
Genevieve Trudeau
James Lawson ...
Frederick Rosskamp


Sixteen-year-old ALICE PALMER drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, RAY KEMENY. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice's secret past emerges. Lake Mungo is a mystery, a thriller and a ghost story. Written by Georgie Nevile

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If you've never seen a ghost... Look closer.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a scene of sexuality, and brief gruesome images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jezero Mungo  »

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AUD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Posthumously reveals the story of a young woman, who (i) was found dead in the water, (ii) last name was Palmer, (iii) lead a secret life that only few people know about, (iv) saw her death coming very soon, and (v) consulted a doctor without her family knowing. These are strong parallels to the TV series Twin Peaks by David Lynch. See more »


The story takes place in December of 2005. In an interview with the grandparents of the victim, she says "the autopsy was performed on the Monday the 27th." and that the "coroner released the body on Tuesday the 28th." In fact, the 26th of December was the Monday and Tuesday was the 27th. See more »


Kim Whittle: Alice kept secrets.She kept the fact that she kept secrets a secret.
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Referenced in Half in the Bag: IT (1990) and IT (2017) (2017) See more »


Written by Fernando Corona
Performed by Murcof
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Kicking myself...
14 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

So I am:

Totally kicking myself for watching this right before bed. I'm so scared, but it was absolutely worth watching. I am normally a boss when it comes to scary movies, however this particular movie has some twists and turns that make you think about it for hours after. It starts out slow and steady letting you in on the back story of the family and what has happened. The whole film is shot documentary style with interviews etc.(and let me just say, that if I didn't know this movie was a "mock" horror or whatever you call it, I would have been pet-ri-fied) haha.

I was a little iffy:

After the first major twist (if you will), but I promise, keep watching because the end is worth the wait. I feel like I want to tell people all about this underrated movie and how it made me feel right now, but it's late so I'll wait and just tell all you movie people who read reviews to just go watch it, in the dark. Don't be a pansy.


One of the best I've seen recently...it's hard to come by good horror especially ghost stories, but this one was actually pretty good. I like when I come across something unexpected. 8.5/10 Stars.

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