Cast Members of Note- Talia Zucker, Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe, and Steve Jodrell.
Lake Mungo is about 16-year-old Alice Palmer; a sweet girl that goes missing on a family outing to a local swimming hole, and the creepy fallout that follows after her disappearance.
|No more fun for you, 'cause you're dead.|
|I'll piece you back together, honey. I'm nurturing like that.|
|Anyone who actually goes to a place this creepy, kinda has it coming.|
Part of January's upcoming After Dark Horrorfest, Lake Mungo (along with the excellent Dread), gives me a giddy sense of expectation for what this year's fest could end up being. Finally, we are getting more than second rate B-Movies that aren't really all that good or scary in an American Horror Film Festival.
I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. You see, it's presented to us, the viewer, as a straight up Documentary ala something you would see on TV Shows like Unsolved Mysteries or Cold Case Files. It's obviously a fictional drama, but you'd never know it if you just caught in on TV one day. The subtle quiet of the movie is what makes it work so well, as characters looking at photographs and videos proves to be more chilling than anything else that happens onscreen.
The real terror in this movie comes from the seedy goings-on in a quiet suburban neighborhood, what those actions lead to, and how they can damage someone beyond repair. The theme of knowing your own doom is unsettling as well, and especially with the way it's explored throughout this movie.
|This picture pretty much captures the feel of the movie.|
Hollywood is already planning to remake Lake Mungo, which to me seems unnecessary. This movie stands on it's own as a great film, and an effective Horror movie, but the lack of jump-scares and "incident" means that it probably won't make sufficient bank in this country.
Oddly enough, it's getting a Theatrical release in January as a part of the After Dark Horrorfest, but it's still getting remade. I hope it makes money and the remake just fades into oblivion, but then I always do tend to dream too big.
|Middle. That's all I'm saying.|
Lake Mungo is an atmospheric, disturbing, creepy, and even sad movie in some ways, and it deftly weaves all of those elements together to pull you in and leave you thinking about it long after you've finished watching. Little more than regret, guilt, and dark secrets manage to make a movie with no violence or threatening antagonists give you goosebumps and make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, which to me seems quite a feat.
If this is an example of what we can expect when the After Dark Horrorfest IV hits Theaters in January, then it's going to be a good month. Go and see this when you get the chance.