!!!WARNING. MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!!!
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.