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Lake Mungo: “Dude that movie is scary” “…No, it definitely is not.” - Cinema Shelf
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Lake Mungo: “Dude that movie is scary” “…No, it definitely is not.”

I had to write a review for Lake Mungo, because it is hands down my favorite scary movie.

Lake Mungo isn’t necessarily a mockumentary, it is a fictional documentary in the form of a news interview. The interview is between a distraught family and an unknown interviewer. The feel is as if Barbara Walters or Matt Lauer is on the other side of the interview asking the questions. 

What type of scary is Lake Mungo? There are five categories of “scary,” that one could classify a movie into: suspense, gore, jump-scare, terror/horror, and psychological.

I classify Lake Mungo as a high terror/horror movie with a touch of psychological twists. If you get scared by jump tactics or by being startled you will most likely find this movie boring as dirt.

You must last to the end! Lake Mungo is not for everyone. It is subtle, it is slow, and yes I have to admit it is quite boring at times. But I love knowing all of the little secret details in a story, and this movie definitely provides that.

Lake Mungo balances out its boringness creeping terror into your mind and allowing you to actually feel what the family feels. It is best to watch Lake Mungo by yourself or with just one or two people. Many of my friends grew bored in a group setting. If you miss one minute of the movie, you will not get the point of why it is scary in the end. I also advise that you watch this movie in complete silence, because a lot of detail is mentioned in the interview questions and the scare factor will dissipate if you don’t get the full feel of the movie. 

9/10 – If you like “horror/terror”

3/10 – If you like “Jump/Startle”

Lake Mungo is quiet, eerie, creepy, and can disturb your mind and soul for a while. Man… I still get shivers down my back every time I watch it. Not to mention that the music in this movie does a great job of accenting the how scary some of the scenes really are. I would totally advise that you at least take a gander at this movie because it is one of a kind, I have never seen another movie like it before.

An Article by Ricky

1 Response
  1. RJ Hopkins

    I also love this film. Also agree with living the secrets that are revealed only after the credits roll. But it’s this film’s slow, creeping discomfort, the psychological anxiety it gives, the accuracy of how grief is presented that I love the most. In it’s explor of said grief, it deftly lays out how it can propel you to do many things, even if you also aren’t in touch with “why” part of doing them. It captures the disoriented, dissociative feelings deep grief can bring, and show us the sadness of the human condition. Lots of sadness. Not only at the thought of loosing a child, but the fact that although the film reaches its conclusion and the family seemingly “understands” what’s happened, they truly don’t know the depth of the interconnected story at all as it is revealed to us. And will go on living, never knowing those depths themselves. This movie affected me deeply. I watched it by myself and not only was I engrossed, but found its particular horror device to be very original, and very terrifying. And not completely sure exactly what that “horror device” we saw really was. Just like in real life, if we actually saw something like that, what would we do? Who among us would actually be able to really figure out what it is either? Because we humans do not possess all of the unknown secrets of the universe, wed all just be guessing. And that uncertainty and no clear explanation serves this style of film very well. It’s a film with few answers and without a reversal of fortune, which suit’s this style of film
    Very well. It’s a testimony to this film’s authenticity and construction and I find that it gives me all the answers I was looking for.

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