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Lake Mungo (2009)

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Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local reservoir. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. Then, they begin to experience 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 Kemeney. He discovers that Alice led a double life. A series of clues leads the family to Lake Mungo where Alice's secret past emerges. Lake Mungo is a mystery, a thriller and a ghost story told in documentary form that illustrates how the dead can forever haunt the living.

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Cast

Talia Zucker
as Alice Palmer
David Pledger
as Russell Palmer
Martin Sharpe
as Mathew Palmer
Rosemary Traynor
as June Palmer
Steve Jodrell
as Ray Kemeny

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Critic Reviews for Lake Mungo

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (5)

Take away the creeping sense of supernatural dread, and what remains is a low-key tale of a mourning family, made more tender by the broken stoicism of the survivors.

October 22, 2020 | Full Review…

This is an underappreciated, underseen gem.

October 16, 2019 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Ghostly shenanigans are dryly delivered in the ambitious, restrained and well-mounted Oz mockumentary "Lake Mungo."

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

A convincing mock-documentary style lifts "Lake Mungo" beyond spooky supernatural mystery into the realms of emotional truth-telling.

June 23, 2009 | Full Review…

As a ghost story, the underplaying of the actors helps to make the mystery creepily effective, but the mockumentary format is a bit of a cop-out because it allows the filmmaker to avoid all the big dramatic scenes.

June 12, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5

Lake Mungo draws you in with convincing performances, an authentic true crime documentary format and some creepy, suggestive imagery - it is just a shame that it doesn't maintain the strong macabre atmosphere until the very end

June 18, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Lake Mungo

As far as horror mockumentaries go, this is a bleak and very well-made study of loss and grief that may not be as scary as it is spooky but builds a compelling mystery as family secrets are exposed and we begin to realize that things are not exactly what they seem to be.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

Very slow, but I guess that it was intended to be that way. Mildly interesting...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

A mockumentary with actual brains and with a story not build around the gimmick of the "shaky realistic camera" or whatever you want to call it. There are some flaws, the story lacks more juice and it wanders a bit too much on several places. It's a drama with a supernatural background, it bothers to have more compelling characters than just walking cliches. Not a classic but certainly worth a check.

Tsubaki Sanjuro
Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

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