Writer/director Joel Anderson’s understated supernatural drama “Lake Mungo” is an original and very refreshing ghost story, one that will probably irritate and annoy those with abnormally short attention spans. Although the film has been recently released on DVD in its native Australia, this crafty little production won’t see the light of day on Stateside television screens until the next wave of After Dark Horrorfest titles creep their way onto retail shelves next year. To be quite frank, “Lake Mungo” is much smarter and far more sophisticated than the odorous bilge funk that generally sports the After Dark logo, and I’d really hate for the film to get lost in the proverbial shuffle. What’s even more baffling is that the feature is already being remade, a clear indication that American creativity is approaching an all-time low. Congratulations! I guess we don’t like accents, either.
Here’s what you get for your entertainment dollar:
Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered in and around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Ray discovers that Alice led a secret, double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice’s secret past emerges. Lake Mungo is a mystery, a thriller and a ghost story.
If you have an all-region player, by all means, pick up a copy of “Lake Mungo” as soon as possible. It’s different, it’s enjoyable, and above all else, it’s creepy as hell. Apply your eyes to the trailer below.