Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Forgotten Movies: LAKE MUNGO



LAKE MUNGO is an Australian horror movie from 2008 about a missing teenage girl who turns up dead. It is filmed to look like a documentary-much like BLAIR WITCH PROJECT. It's easy to forget watching it that this is indeed fiction. The actors do a good job in mimicking grieving family members. If you like ghost/horror stories, this is a good one. Subtle, scary, eerie. I am not going to say much more about it because the less you know the better. It is not gory or shrieky. More like THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE than today's horror films. Those Aussies make good movies. I loved THE BABADOOK last year and now this. This is available on you tube or CINEMAX or AMAZON.

8 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Never heard of this one. I hope it's better than BLAIR WITCH.


Jeff M.

Cap'n Bob said...

I stopped watching horror movies around the time of The Omen.

John said...

I've never heard of this either. I'll have to check it out.

I liked most of THE BABADOOK, but didn't care for how it all wrapped up. It was pretty original up to the ending which just seemed so predictable and cliché to me. I guess if I were a parent I'd see it all differently.

Related to this: Last week I saw IT FOLLOWS, being touted as one of the most unusual horror movies in recent times, but was ambivalent about the whole thing. I couldn't stop thinking that it was all intended to be some sort of contemporary morality play about promiscuity and the risk of acquiring an STD. Seemed to play too heavily on that angle rather than leaving it ambiguous. Still, I couldn't stop watching that's for sure. Some scenes were ingeniously set up. I admit to a few genuine scares, too. And that young girl in the lead was impressive and completely believable.

Yvette said...

I'm such a scaredy cat, Patti. I just don't watch movies of this sort. I'd heard about THE BABADOOK and I probably won't be seeing that one either.

Funny thing is, I liked this sort of thing when I was a kid. But maybe as I grew older, I just couldn't sit still for it. :)





pattinase (abbott) said...

As you grow older, you feel more vulnerable, I think.
John-my husband was very disappointed in IT FOLLOWS. Couldn't exactly say why since I hadn't seen it and his disappointment was based on things you had to see.

Charles Gramlich said...

I physically cannot watch shaky cam movies like this. They make me nauseated. I couldn't even watch more than 30 seconds of the trailer. I have to say, too, that they completely destroy my ability to suspend disbelief. They seem to remind you at every moment that they are a movie. With a regular movie, you have one big moment of suspension, to accept this world. Then you are immersed in it. But with found footage or shaky cam things, I'm left asking every moment, would they really be filming at this instant? etc etc.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I notice it a lot more in this trailer than in the movie. But I too am not a fan of it.

Todd Mason said...

Lovely, thanks...the title stirred faint bells, and it, like Sergio's rec last week THE CITY OF THE DEAD, is one I've been missing for years. Alice and I watched CITY night before last, and were both happified--Alice noting she thinks she liked it more than I did and, she mentioned I suspect because it was the previous horror film we saw together, more than she liked IT FOLLOWS, which we both also liked. (I genuinely liked how IT FOLLOWS neatly metaphorizes the various turbulent emotions around adolescent sexuality, among other things.)