This. Movie. Was. Amazing.
Okay. That’s not all I have to say, but that’s the main point.
After a few years of hearing about this film – It’s good points and bad points – I finally decided to give Lake Mungo a try. Well, I tried to give it a try in the past, but could never find it (I suspect that because this is an Australian independent film, it was quite scarce in the United States). But now, thanks to more prevalent streaming services (and in particular Tubi), I was finally able to watch this gem.
Written and directed by Joel Anderson, Lake Mungo is a mockumentary that tells the story of a grieving family who has lost their daughter, Alice, due to drowning. After her death, the family experiences inexplicable supernatural events, or so they think. In reality, it is the family’s son creating ghostly photographs and video, claiming the ghost is his sister. In the only genuine piece of “evidence”, the “ghost” turns out to be a neighbor who is looking for something in Alice’s bedroom. Without going too much into spoilers, the creepy neighbor and his motives propel the story forward, and we find out the truth about Alice and Lake Mungo.
I was outraged when it was revealed that the “ghostly” evidence was not ghostly at all. Only Mathew grieving in a strange way. I felt duped. I felt dumb that I didn’t catch it before. But this is not the end of the story. I initially failed to realize that there is 20 minutes left of this movie when it’s revealed that Mathew faked the evidence. I continued to watch.
I’m not going to go into what the rest of the movie holds because I’m hoping that if you haven’t seen this movie, that you go watch it post haste. One tip I’ll give you… Watch the closing credits. You won’t be disappointed. (But if you are, it’s not my fault.)
There’s not much I want to say about the cinematography or the score or anything like that. All of that was pretty average. However, what I do want to say is that the acting is incredibly believable. The characters are what pulls you into this story, and without the phenomenal acting, this film wouldn’t be as great as it is.
I was looking into dark corners and watching shadows all night after watching this film. It’s rare that a movie does that for me anymore, and for that, this film gets five out of five spooks.