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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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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

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mentioned briefly by Red Letter Media in the September 2017 episode of "Half in the Bag: Episode 131 - IT (1990) IT (2017)" 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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Alice Palmer: I feel like something bad is going to happen to me. I feel like something bad has happened. It hasn't reached me yet but it's on its way.
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Lake Mungo succeeds at being not only a chilling ghost story, but a film about grief
3 February 2010 | by LoneWolfAndCubSee all my reviews

With all this hype about the good, yet overrated Paranormal Activity, Joel Anderson's debut film Lake Mungo lies forgotten. This is a total shame, seeing as this is much better, and way creepier. Lake Mungo really is a very simple film, it follows the Palmer family as they deal with the loss of Alice (their daughter/sister). It is filmed in a documentary style, in which the family/friends/work associates are interviewed by an unseen person, with pictures and video footage shown as well. Eventually we discover Alice had many secrets, and the family try to find out about them and if they had anything to do with her passing.

The plot does not sound enticing, in fact, it sounds rather plain, however, this is not case fortunately. The documentary style really suits the film, and the actors are incredible and almost seem like they are not acting at all. The scares spaced throughout are genuinely freaky, and really got under my skin. Anderson makes sure the atmosphere is kept dense throughout the whole film, making every minute feel ominous. However, Lake Mungo does not just focus on the horror, but also how the family deals with the grief, and what they are willing to believe and do to help each other and themselves. The scenes in between the supernatural images and occurrences focus on how each family member (and some friends) deal with all that happens, and it is done in a refreshingly realistic (not over-blown, sentimental, or dramatic) way. There are a few twists along the way, and the final scene is very well-done, and will stay with you for a long time. Do yourself a favour, go see this movie, support movies which are actually good and don't rely on cheap scares. Recently my awesome homeland have been releasing some damn good horror movies (see Wolf Creek, Rogue, Black Water, Dying Breed, Lucky Country) and Lake Mungo is one of the best.

4½/5


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