Originally released as part of After Dark Horrorfest’s “8 Films to Die For” series, the Australian ghost movie “Lake Mungo” has become an independent horror cult classic, and every horror fan’s secret weapon when providing horror movie recommendations each October.
Filmed to resemble a documentary by incorporating found footage and docufiction interviews, “Lake Mungo” chronicles the haunting aftermath of the death of Alice Palmer, a teenage girl who tragically drowned a few months before. Following Alice’s burial services, the Palmer family begins to suspect that their daughter is still with them somehow, inspiring the family to set up home video cameras to potentially catch a glimpse of Alice on tape, and enlist the assistance of a medium named Ray Kemeny.
As the family comes to terms with their loss and the unexplainable supernatural events, their investigations also lead to uncovering disturbing secrets that Alice had been keeping while still alive.
“Lake Mungo” is a deliberately paced exploration of grief, but filled with some truly devastating imagery that will shake you to your core. There’s a reason that horror fans can’t stop talking about this film all these years later, and it’s one of the most inventive uses of the found-footage subgenre. Without divulging any spoilers, be sure to stay once the credits begin. You won’t regret it.
Give yourself nightmares by watching “Lake Mungo” on TubiTV.