Lake Mungo

Lake Mungo ★★★★½

Hooptober 7.0: Film #43

Easily one of the most effective and flat out scariest films I have ever seen. The prime example from now on that I will use for saying "less is always more".

Director Joel Anderson, with his first and somehow only feature, has crafted a story of a family's grief after the lose of a daughter and sister. The story is told in a mockumentary style and is probably the best example of that I have ever seen. If I didn't know any better I would have thought this was a true story. The best aspect for that being the acting which is fantastic on all fronts. The main family especially feels so real that in and of itself is scary.

The fact the film is real is not scary in and of itself. The film though can tell its narrative in a way that still images are just frightening to witness. All of the film's excellent pacing and storytelling leads to a climax that is without a doubt one of the scariest moments I've ever seen in a film.

Overall this is what I love in horror. While this is at times a bit too much for me (which will probably make it so I don't rewatch it too many times) I can't deny the craft that is on display. Just all around a fantastic film and one of my favorite horror films I've seen in such a long time.

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