Lake Mungo tells the tragic story of sixteen year old Alice Palmer, who drowned while swimming in the town’s local dam. What seemed like an open and shut case of accidental death, would soon be turned upside down with the start of strange events within her home. Revealing a girl who kept many shocking secrets to herself about her life that would ultimately lead to finding out the truth behind her death, and the events leading up to her final day.
Going into these supernatural thrillers that are based on true events, I’m usually very skeptical of it having any chance at being good. Let me just start off by saying, I was a paranormal investigator for many years, and worked on many cases, so I know most of the tricks of the trade. This movie does a very good job at portraying paranormal phenomenon in a very realistic and respectful way. It’s shot frame by frame in documentary format, much like the old television series Unsolved Mysteries, telling you the story of Alice by using interview footage of family and friends, and reenactments of key events of the case. If you are a fan of the reality paranormal shows, you’re going to enjoy this movie a lot more than let’s say, Paranormal Activity, as it really sticks to the facts without going overboard and that’s the way I prefer it. After all, a lot of the time the truth is scarier than anything Hollywood can come up with.
The acting in this movie is very believable, it really makes you feel like you’re looking at the actual people involved and not actors reenacting their story, unlike a lot of the documentary style movies, they do a great job at showing the families emotions during tough times. The multiple story twists should keep you interest peaked from start to finish but be warned, if you’re looking for high budget, over the top special effects, or Hollywood’s take on ghosts this is not the film for you. But for all you who are interested in true ghost stories and enjoy paranormal documentaries, and reality shows, I would give this one a shot. One final note I’d like to say I found this movie to be excellent proof that a low budget movie with a strong story can be just as good and many times better than a multimillion dollar Hollywood blockbuster. Budget doesn’t mean better. In the end, if your story is weak your movie will be weak too.
6 / 10