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Lake Mungo [DVD]
Lake Mungo [DVD]
Dvd ~ Martin Sharpe
Offered by Springwood Media
Price: £9.40

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treasure, 4 May 2012
This review is from: Lake Mungo [DVD] (DVD)
I LOVE THIS FILM. Truly, one of the most frightening films of its kind I've seen. And such humanity, such pathos ...

Fully committing to its "documentary" aesthetic, LAKE MUNGO creeps up on you. What is essentially an essay about a family dealing with an unfathomable loss slowly lets the chills seep into you, relying on your imagination to supply the real scares, until one amazing sequence delivers what might be the most visceral gut-punch of a scare I can remember seeing in a long, long time.

Quiet chills are the name of the game, though the revelations about what Alice discovered in Lake Mungo on a moonlit night are the stuff of extraordinary horror. By the end, I was amazed by how drawn in I was, and how the filmmakers were able to deliver such intense, classic frights while remaining faithful to a full documentary format.

For me, a classic. We should support films like this, so that they make more.

Absentia [DVD]
Absentia [DVD]
Dvd ~ Doug Jones
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £9.97

31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A microbudget gem, 4 May 2012
This review is from: Absentia [DVD] (DVD)
Wow, what a great find. ABSENTIA delivers a terrific story, great acting, and a chilling atmosphere for less money than most studio films spend on snacks. This is a quiet, character-driven drama with a few horror elements, not the aggressive horror film that the cover art would have you believe.

This movie isn't going to work for everyone. Some of the complaints I've read about it seem to be that it's boring (it's not, it's just a slow burn), that it lacks gore and nudity (it does, to its credit), and that it doesn't show the monster. It doesn't, and that's what makes this work for me.

This is a terrific example of DIY filmmaking done completely outside the system. With no resources, the filmmakers have put together a stirring and memorable thriller that punches far outside its weight class. It'll frustrate some viewers who expect something else, who have been misled by the cover art, or who don't understand exactly what it is that they're watching, but for fans of independent cinema this is an entirely unexpected gem.

I can't wait to see what they can do with a budget.
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