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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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Storyline

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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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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Box Office

Budget:

AUD1,400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,128
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| (European Film Market)

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Dolby Digital

Color:

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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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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Half in the Bag: IT (1990) and IT (2017) (2017) See more »

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Ulysses
Written by Fernando Corona
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fasten your seat belt.....
12 April 2009 | by ptb-8See all my reviews

LAKE MUNGO might sound like a teen flick or some camping murder spree so let me tell you clearly that this clever film is not another one of those. LAKE MUNGO is a tiny budget ghost thriller with about 4 major sequences I personally found terrifying. Actually frightening. Yes. The premise is this: a nice ordinary family in a rural town are heartbroken when their 15 year old daughter drowns at a family picnic. About a month later they realize her spirit is in her room at home and as a ghost she wanders through the house at night. The film is actually about the mind bending emotions the family experience in missing their beloved daughter but not wanting her as a ghost. And then the genuinely scary stuff starts. It is not a violent movie, nor is it a Blair Witch wannabee, it is a melancholy ghost movie with a terrific emotional dilemma and absolutely hair raising fright scenes. They film is made to resemble a 60 Minutes investigation... and uses home movies, call phone camera scenes and séances mixed with psychological settings and tape-recording confessions. I had no idea what was going to happen next and the revelations both visually and in the plot twists are astonishing. LAKE MUNGO has already been bought for a US remake but this little indie original from Australia is the real deal: a genuinely scary ghost film like THE SIXTH SENSE or the 1961 film THE INNOCENTS. I actually yelped several times in fright. And yelping is not my regular reaction. LAKE MUNGO in its present version might turn up in a horror fest near you and if you see it mis-labeled you will find it is the surprise of the event. EEK ! Remember the original 1980 film THE CHANGELING with George C Scott? Well it is as spooky as that.


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