Lake Mungo

Lake Mungo ★★★★½


For my up and coming semester at University I have several units all involving films I have to watch. One unit/subject is Science Fiction, another is Philosophy in Film, and another is Australian Gothic. I'm also doing a course called "From Silent to Sound Cinema", but I'm going to focus on the first three more specifically as they are the ones where classes and work clash with the theatre screenings of them that we have at campus. As a result, I have to watch them all at home. So I have put in all the films I have to watch into a random name generator and will essentially be picking a film out of a hat tonight and whenever I get the chance. Earlier today I watched Metropolis, an anime Sci-Fi from the early 2000s, and just then I watched Lake Mungo for my Australian Gothic unit. I didn't expect much putting this on, and was kind of annoyed at having to watch it. Boy was I wrong. I haven't felt this creeped out, unnerved, and spooked by a horror film in such a long time. The whole film is an extensive piece of rising tension that completely and utterly shocked me and made me so distressed to my core. Its always difficult for horror films to make me feel any sort of dread or fear, with only a few exceptions actually freaking me out (e.g. The Mist, War of the Worlds, and I can't think of any more off the top of my head). This film creeped me out and I found myself slowly curling up as the film goes on. Most of the film is really just the thought or hint at horrific imagery and things, and you're just waiting and waiting to see it, both yearning for it but also not wanting it at all. When the horrific stuff actually came, I closed my eyes, looked away, jumped back, opened separate tabs... ANYTHING my defence mechanisms could think of to get me away from the frightening images that came up on screen. Highly recommend, although that depends what you watch horror films for. If you're looking to have fun and shut your brain off and still feel comforted by the end, then this is not the film for you. If you want to watch a film that will shock you, terrify you, scare you, unnerve you, and make you lose your sleep, then this is the film for you.

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