deadly downer: lake mungo


Unlike the movie itself, this is going to be a quick one. Full disclosure: Before choosing to watch 2008’s Lake Mungo, I couldn’t remember which movie with Lake in the title was supposed to be the really good one. It was either this or Lake Bodom, and I just went with this one because it was right before me on a streaming service I can’t recall at the moment. Not that both aren’t acclaimed depending on who you ask, but I’m going to go ahead and guess that I didn’t choose the right one.

Lake Mungo is kind of an interesting take on the traditional ghost story in some ways. It depicts a family as they attempt to recover from the untimely death of their daughter, but certain phenomena allude to the fact that she might not be as gone as they suspect. There’s spooky home video footage, abundant apparitions, and even a séance, all suspended beneath the conceit of a documentary feature. It has its moments, but for the most part I found my interest and my patience waning.

That’s not to say some folks out there won’t love it. If you like the faux documentary angle and aren’t tired exploring the potentially supernatural, it’s out there for you to discover. I’ll also go ahead and tease that it is far from the worst movie I watched this month. Stay tuned!


Halloween 2019 Movies:

1. Sequence Break
2. Deadtime Stories
3. Hell House LLC
4. Body Bags
5. Pumpkinhead
6. Friday the 13th Part III
7. Child’s Play 2019
8. Ghoulies II
9. Satanic Panic
10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
11. Demons
12. You’re Next
13. Frankenstein
14. The Ranger
15. The Fly
16. Train to Busan
17. Halloween III: Season of the Witch
18. Army of Darkness

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