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Lake Mungo [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Rosie Traynor , David Pledger , Joel Anderson    DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe, Talia Zucker, Tania Lentini
  • Directors: Joel Anderson
  • Writers: Joel Anderson
  • Producers: Joel Anderson, David Rapsey, Georgie Nevile, Gilbert George, John Brawley
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00344EAM8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,936 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Very Very Scary --David Leslie Johnson (Writer, Red Riding Hood, Orphan)

Chilling ... this is a gem of a film --Frightfest

Frighteningly real --TNT Magazine

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A SLOW BURNER 25 July 2011
By Neil
There isn't much that can be said about the plot of this proper 'horror' movie without giving away some of the twists. Which would spoil any new viewer's taking in of a movie that really does deliver on every level. Whilst adopting a documentary approach do not think Blair Witch or Paranormal Activity (or worse the dire La Casa Muda aka The Silent House). Instead this film is presented as if you were actually watching a BBC documentary for example rather than 'found footage' although that does feature in part. This is an intellectual horror that relies on genuine scares as opposed to gore or cheap shock tactics and really gives one hope for the genre as a whole. Unfortunately a US remake (this is an australian production) is just around the corner so no doubt they'll butcher the franchise and milk it for every dollar. Why they feel a need to remake a movie that is already in english truly shows you how bad things have become in Hollywood horror...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lake Mungo 11 Aug 2010
I read the plot outline and decided to give this one a try. I have to say, I was impressed. Granted, many examples of documentary style horror films exist already, but Lake Mungo proves that the sub-genre has not gone stale. In this superb Aussie horror, it is very easy to forget the fictitious nature of the plot thanks to interesting and well acted characters that carry a degree of ambiguity that you would expect from a real documentary. The plot is engaging with many questions to discuss with friends. Banal "jumpscares" of mainstream horror titles are scarce, the film relying instead of the horror of grisly autopsy images, haunting home video footage and the disturbing actions of a family in mourning. The final scene is a dread and terrifying finale. Forget "Paranormal Activty" and pick up Lake Mungo instead.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shudder 25 Aug 2011
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This superb supernatural horror film takes the form of a documentary about the Palmer family, coming to terms with the tragic loss of their daughter Alice, drowned whilst swimming near a dam. As the documentary progresses, we bear witness to the strange and disturbing events that the Palmers endure following the tragedy. Eventually, all trails lead to footage found on Alice's mobile phone, a phone she was all too ready to bury during a summer camp at Lake Mungo...
It is to the director Anderson's immense credit that he has made a film that can sit in such exhalted company as The Innocents, The Haunting and more recent films such as Shutter and Ringu. I would point those who proclaim Insidious to be the most frightening film in recent years in the direction of this film. It even knocks the spots off the Paranormal Activity franchise. It is hard to decribe the feeliongs I experienced whilst watching this film. Probably a mixture of mounting dread and horror.
Whilst Picnic At Hanging Rock is a very different film, Lake Mungo does share the same unique ambience as Weir's classic. It isn't just a horror film ,but a portayal of the grieving process of the Palmer family. It is also a very clever addition to the 'found footage' horror film.
The cast all play their parts extremely well, no overacting to be found here. The documentary has a very authentic feel to it, adding to the general unease. I can't praise this horror film enough, as it really did scare me, something a horror film hasn't done for quite a while. It is a horror film by the way, ignore the thought police who patrol various internet message boards.
So please buy this film, and prepare yourselves for a sleepless night. The only downside is that there are no extras on the disc as I would have liked a directors commentary/interview. 5 out of 5 for this spine chilling modern classic anyway.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knocks the socks off of Paranormal Activity 13 Oct 2011
Lake Mungo is the story of the Palmer family; their daughter Alice goes missing whilst the family are holidaying at a lake. Bereft and distraught, the family return home and try to deal with the loss of their vivacious and by all accounts, loved, daughter. Weeks turn into months and odd happenings around Alice's room convince them that something isn't right. The son, Matthew, with a keen interest in photography, sets up several cameras around the house to record the goings on, the results are mystifying and deeply disturbing. Will the Palmer family unravel Alice's motives?

Shot in a documentary style format with interviews with the family members, boyfriend and neighbours - we already know everyone survives, so this isn't a slasher style horror where everyone get their just desserts. This is a slow-moving but deeply-enthralling cinematic experience that climaxes with fever-pitch. As the family discover much more about Alice posthumously, there are motives and secrets that could explain what is going on.

Of course, no static-camera ghost story can exist these days without comparison to Paranormal Activity but this is far superior in many ways. Not only does this film debunk itself at several points, defusing the tension with a rational real-world explanation for the noises or movements etc. but the acting and set-up is just so much better. The slow zoom into photographs around the house is terrifying, a simple technique used to great effect.

Highly recommended for an awesome piece of Aussie-horror!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
ok for a one time watch.
Published 25 days ago by clair b
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrifyingly boring
Needed more depth regarding Alice's unknown past. Feel abuse rather than weird consensual menage a trois would have provided more intrigue and given more plausibility
Published 4 months ago by StellaKins
4.0 out of 5 stars A year later and I am still chilled by what I watched.
Lake mungo is a deeply affecting, dare I say mature? Horror film. Although to call it a horror is to deny its recognition as an excellent foray into docu-drama as well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by H. Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror, Thriller, Found footage? Forget Paranormal Activity
This is far more. It starts like a mystery,it becomes a thriller, then a horror, then a metaphisical drama. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Elleppi
1.0 out of 5 stars VERY,VERY SLOW & VERY, VERY BAD !!
Published 12 months ago by KENNY
5.0 out of 5 stars Even a second viewing scared the hell out of me
I love a good ghost story and Lake Mungo is one of the best I've seen. Genuinely creepy, genuinely frightening. Read more
Published 15 months ago by The Demon Pazuzu
5.0 out of 5 stars great film
this film freaked me out , very scary watched this with my mum and she also loved it . worth watching
Published 15 months ago by angelabeggs
1.0 out of 5 stars PURE RUBBISH
paid 11quid for this rubbish,,what a waste of money. anyone that thinks this is a good film then they need to get out more. total total rubbish.
Published 20 months ago by c .boyle
1.0 out of 5 stars Lake Mungo - Where nothing really happens!
As this film had some really positive reviews, and is one of a number of movies opting for the 'documentary' style, I was expecting a lot more than I got! Read more
Published 24 months ago by L. A. White
4.0 out of 5 stars It might be better thought of if not viewed as a horror film.
Lake Mungo is written and directed by Joel Anderson. It stars Talia Zucker, Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe, Steve Jodrell, Tamara Donnellan and Scott Terrill. Read more
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