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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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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


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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