Vinicius Guimarães’s review published on Letterboxd:
Scavenger Hunt 68 - Task 5. Watch a movie shorter than 1 hour and 40 minutes
Between all the found footage movies that I watched, none of them impact me as much as Lake Mungo did, easily one of the scariest expierences that I've ever had in a long time. Exploring the story about the death of a s teenage girl and how this affects her family, both in psychological and a more paranormal sense
Joel Anderson knows how to create a sense of reality, the entire project feels like an actual documentary in some layers, at times making you even forget that you're watching a movie, and it's kind of sad that this was his only feature lengh film, because he had potential to be one of the greatest horror directors of recent memory
The way he contructs an unsettling atmosphere and a believable tone to this ghost story made me really terrified, and I'm not one of those person that really believes in supernatural stories. Anderson utilizes a low quality digital approach that uses cameras to emulate the feeling of horror in such a unique shape
It's just a perfect use of frame, normally distorced and unclear, but this only makes everything more hauting, and I love when this spooky shots intertwine with the themes of grief, and how the family reacts and lives after the tragedy, liberating a heartbreaking melancholy in how each one acts in this situation
All the actors are really good and helps to give the more tangible sentiment to a story made towards intangibility, images that can only see through screens, but as a viewer, this line is broken, you see a world that it's dominated by a screen, so for us, there's nothing dividing the normal with the surreal. This is also reflected by a editing that interconnects different moments in a subtle shadow our video
Only amplified by the score that begins slow and with the plot going, only becomes more shrill and penetrating. And then, the final result is a 87 minute film, zoomed by the maximum and a carving fear by it's frames that slows deliver us something unforgivable. We can't escape our traumas, it's gonna stay with us for the rest of our lives and when we will go to sleep, (extreme Al Pacino voice) what a picture!