Rent Lake Mungo (2008)

3.2 of 5 from 151 ratings
1h 27min
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Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer (Talia Zucker) tragically drowns while swimming in the local dam. Her body is recovered, a verdict of accidental death returned, and she is laid to rest. In the days that follow her grieving family begins to experience a series of strange and inexplicable events. Profoundly unsettled they seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny (Steve Jodrell). In their search for answers they discover Alice had been living a disturbed life and hiding dark secrets. Something haunted their daughter and the terrifying truth awaits at Lake Mungo.
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Georgie Nevile, David Rapsey
Joel Anderson
Second Sight Films Ltd.
Horror, Thrillers
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Run Time:
87 minutes
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Release Date:
Run Time:
87 minutes
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
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  • Archive audio commentery by Producer David Rapsey and DoP John Brawley
  • New audio commentary by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Emma Westwood
  • Captured Spirits: an interview with DoP John Brawley
  • Ghosts in the Machine: an interview with Producer David Rapsey
  • A Cop and a Friend: an interview with Actors Carole Patullo and James Lawson
  • Kindred Spirits: filmmakers Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead on 'Lake Mungo'
  • Hosing Spirits: filmmaker Rob Savage on 'Lake Mungo'
  • Simulacra and Spirits: a video essay by film scholar Josh Nelson
  • Autopsy of a Family Home: a video essay by filmmaker Joseph Wallace
  • Deleted Scenes

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Reviews (2) of Lake Mungo

Great horror film - Lake Mungo review by TH

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This is one of those horror films that hits different.

It's filmed just like a true life documentary and convinces throughout.

The performances are spot on and while it's a slow burner it leads to some chilling set pieces with the grainy camera.

The scary thing is that keeps close to what is scary and that's human emotions and fear of the future.

Much like The Others and The Orphanage this is a horror movie that avoids jump scares and relies on chilling imagery and a sad premise.

Great work

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Good start but the implausibilities sink it - Lake Mungo review by AER

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This Australian ghost story adopts the 'true-story' documentary format which works well initially but as time goes on the framing device betrays some unconvincing twists in the narrative. The faux-documentary device keeps the film inhabitants at arm's length and when the unconvincing twist turns up at the half-way mark it's too late to trust anyone. The performances are uniformly good but anybody that's seen enough talking heads documentaries will catch these guys acting here and there.

All things considered, the story is very good and hasn't been done before. It's very creepy in parts but the post-credit sequences are plain stupid and make the characters look like a bunch of idiots - and sadly the parting shots cheapen the exercise. It's definitely worth a look, as some aspects are chilling but its narrative was inconsistent at times and ultimately, this rendered the film unconvincing which is a shame because the makers were clearly striving for authenticity.

5 out of 10

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