'Lake Mungo' is a found-footage style tale of a teenage girl who went missing one day while she and her family was camping by a lake. What we witness is a series of interviews and personal recordings that account the tragic mystery and what happened afterwards.
This is a simple, yet effective, found footage. There is no action but there is suspense. The months after the disappearance result in photographic evidence of her visitations along with security footage and audio recordings. Each one playing out slightly more disturbing than the last which results in a paced relay of information.
What the film doesn't have is any action, violence, or absurd imagery. What we do get is very natural and believable which gives it its own unique style that stands out from many found-footage films that include things like exorcisms, zombies, etc. It starts off slowly and continues a slower momentum, but it certainly keeps going. The ending is stomach dropping and abides by the rules that it set itself into play with.
'Lake Mungo' is currently streaming on Shudder.
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