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Where do I start with Lake Mungo? A film that I had heard is one of the scariest, and saddest films a lot of people had ever seen. "Alice drowns while swimming and her family begins experiencing inexplicable events in their home. The family hires a parapsychologist whose investigation unveils Alice's secret double life and leads them all to Lake Mungo." I can say a lot - that's what I can say!
I had heard this is a very scary and creepy film, and I was so up for that challenge, I wanted to be scared. I have really been wanting a film to really creep me out, and scare me, and I felt I might have it with this one - I can very much say, this film is creepy AF. This was the second film me and my friend watched, and did she also find it creepy? No idea, she slept through the whole thing, apparently she has little naps but this one turned into an hour and a half sleep... Don't hold that against Lake Mungo though, it's really not that boring!
I have no idea where to even start with Lake Mungo and explaining how I felt about it - obviously, no spoilers though.
I'll start with whether I actually liked the film, which I did. The film as a whole is done incredibly well, it feels very real and the actors are brilliant. My friend, before she nodded off, she asked if it was real and was a real documentary, (it's not), but it is made to look like one and it is pulled off to a T. Even the actors seem to stumble over their words, and ummming and errrring is a big thing - turns out it was improvised so that might be why, but it still makes it look realistic. It is a slow burn though, but I feel that any documentary you tend to watch is, it'll inform you slowly, but then punch you in the face with a twist or two along the way.
Speaking of twists, great twists, but they just seemed to pop up and then nothing else was said about them. For example, one twist mid way, involves Alice and the neighbours, (all I'm saying, but if you've seen it, you know), and it's shocking but also you wonder why Alice would want people to know, but then it is never really mentioned again. Ever. Most of the twists are thrown at you, but then never gone back to or mentioned again, and it's a shame, because I love twists that twist in all kind of ways. I really do. It's like they wanted to get all these ideas in, without really building on any of them. Good twists but needed to be built on more.
A really good thing about Lake Mungo, is it had me shook. Is that the right way of using that word, I feel it suits this, but I am not 100%...?! It really did creep me out, I was not that crept out since the Halloween episode of Inside No 9... I don't get scared easily at all, I am always out looking for films that might actually scare me, but I never find them. This one wasn't so much scary, it was more creepy, I wasn't hiding behind the sofa, but I was glad the hallway light was on, let's say that. This film just has a creepy feel to it, mainly the photos and footage that are shown throughout. They seem to show things that aren't fully there, like fuzzy shadows in the background, all which give me the heebie jeebies... And don't even get me started on THAT scene. I loved that damn scene so damn much. Comes out of nowhere, creeps you out, gets under your skin and then scares the pants off you - I loved it.
Wish they used better cameras though, all of it's so fuzzy, adds to the authentication, but makes it hard to make things out, all I have to say.
Overall, I really did like this film. Lake Mungo is a breath of fresh air for horror films. It's in no ways perfect, mainly with the twists not actually carrying on, but it crept me out a lot and it is genuinely sad. It stays with you for a long while after.
I have a lot to say about this film, and I really hope I have done it the justice it deserves in this review.
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..