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Lake Mungo (2008)

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Strange things start happening after a girl is found drowned in a lake.

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Joel Anderson

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Cast

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


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

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jezero Mungo See more »

Filming Locations:

Ararat, Victoria, Australia See more »

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Budget:

AUD 1,400,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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 »

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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 »

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Happy Birthday to You
Written by Mildred J. Hill (as Mildred Hill)/ Patty S. Hill (as Patty Hill)
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A completely unexpected gem.
16 April 2011 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

Lake Mungo is an excellent documentary-style ghost story from Australia. It was quite different from what I expected. This isn't Paranormal Activity, despite the vaguely similar premise. It's primarily about the story of a family who has lost a loved one and can't let her go. This is much closer to a paranormal triller/supernatural drama than a horror movie. 

Recalled mainly through interviews, camera, and cell phone footage, Lake Mungo is about an Australian family named the Palmer's. Teenage daughter Alice is lost in a drowning accident while on a family outing in 2005. After her death, they still sense her presence in their home, and shadowy images of her begin to show up in photos. Revealing any more of the story than that would be a disservice. 

Kudos to the absolutely excellent acting from the relatively (at least, for this American) unknown cast. This is one of the more "real" feeling fiction documentaries that I've ever seen. This a lot of the reason Lake Mungo was so immersive to me. All the characters seemed like completely genuine people. This almost could have been a documentary that I stumbled upon while flipping through the channels. 

This is probably one of the creepiest movies I've seen since The Others. Very unsettling. Not a lot of big chills and shocks, but it slowly builds an unsettling sense of atmosphere and dread of the unnatural and unknown, along with an unexpected but welcome mystery element. The plot goes a lot of places that might not be expected. At it's heart, Lake Mungo is also a quite sad movie. It was easy for me to believe that these people had lost a beloved daughter, sister, and friend, long before her time. 

 If you're looking for a pure, jump out of your seat popcorn horror flick, this isn't it. I happen to think it's something more interesting than that, though. A movie that sets out to do something different, and does it very well. I loved it. I haven't been this pleasantly surprised by a movie since Triangle.


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