Directed and written by Joel Anderson, Lake Mungo handles the subject of grief and a family’s hope for some kind of an afterlife very well.
Recalled mainly through interviews, camera, and cell phone footage Lake Mungo tells the tragic story of sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer, played by Talia Zucker, who drowned while swimming in the town’s local dam. What seems like an open and shut case of accidental death, is turned upside down with the start of strange events within her family home.
Her family begin to believe these paranormal events around the house are Alice trying to contact them in some way. The seek help from psychic and parapsychologist Ray Kemeny, who discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. A series of clues lead the family back to Lake Mungo where Alice’s secret past emerges.
The ghostly suggestions never overpower the film and the story retains its dominant themes of grief and the process of grieving, producing some genuine shockers.
Lake Mungo slowly builds an unsettling sense of atmosphere and dread of the unnatural and unknown, along with an unexpected but welcome mystery elements. The plot heading to some unexpected places.
There are two or three moments in the movie that could’ve been built up and expressed more but they were dropped to the sidelines once mentioned. It’s a shame because I would’ve like to have seen more on those, which is a negative I do have regarding this film.
If you’re looking for a pure, jump out of your seat horror flick, this isn’t it, but fans of psychological horror should enjoy Lake Mungo.