An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.
In 1983, financially struggling college student Samantha Hughes takes a strange babysitting job that coincides with a full lunar eclipse. She slowly realizes her clients harbor a terrifying secret, putting her life in mortal danger.
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
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A promotional poster for The Beatles' album "Love" is on the wall in the background of a photo of Alice (59 minutes and 30 seconds). "Love" was released in November of 2006. Alice died in December of 2005. See more »
I'm a fan of mockumentarys and also horrors, so recently I have been ploughing through what this interesting sub-genre has to offer. There were a number of middling to good reviews, so I was expecting this to be promising (maybe a little too much).
It plays very much like a real exploratory documentary, so as a result is very believable, helped in part by convincing acting and scripting (I assume this was mostly scripted, which in itself is unusual for this sub-genre - but must have a significant level of scripting due to the factual based story telling).
However, that being said, I do have a number of issues that prevent me from classifying this as a good film. It's marketed as a supernatural horror. Supernatural? Sure. Horror - definitely not. I'm normally adept at appreciating subtle horror over stabby stabby boogie man style horrors, but this was too much edging on the lightweight. There are a number of stills represented that go towards depicting a ghost, but this is the extend of the 'horror' element. There is nothing actually showing the physical effects of a haunting that normally work in getting the viewers hair to stand up.
There are a number of people here referring to twist and turns to the plot & a characters dark secret- so I was expecting the pace to not only pick up, but take a difference course. This doesn't happen unfortunately - and in fact there are no real twists, only a developing storyline. It can be quite disappointing when you go the lenght of a film waiting for a revelation for it not to appear - or at least not to the extent you were lead to believe.
I think the main crux of this being that the story is based in a normal, relatively happy middle class teenager - so there is nothing about the ghost that is sinister or potentially threatening. I think this is where the film fails to me - storyline and acting is so heavily focused on producing a real genuine, organic film (which it successfully does)- that is misses the effect and emotions that a film of this type should be aiming for. If this were a real documentary on TV reporting actual events, I think I would be gripped, but in reality where this was from a planned, scripted process - there were a number of opportunities I think they missed out on here.
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