31 Days of Horror: Lake Mungo

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Dir.  Joel Anderson

Lake Mungo was highly touted on Reddit and other places online, so again, as with many movies, I had a fear of being disappointed by the presentation. Yet again I was not let down. This movie moved swiftly, probably because it made very good use of the mockumentary format, which then utilized found footage to great effect. There were some great unsettling moments, such that when a major twist occurred I was floored. But what made the movie even more effective is the heart at the core of the film. The family depicted were clearly grieving so all that happened was heightened and was ultimately satisfying in its execution.

What works most for me, and what I feel creates the effectiveness of the entire framework is the chemistry of the family dynamic. The family is clearly broken by a family tragedy, but it also posits that they were already broken before the aforementioned tragedy that tears at its remaining fibers. The amount of trust given to the investigative crew that covers this family is astounding, but not unbelievable. Which also sets the greatest asset working in its favor, the believability. With this type of genre, or rather genre mashup of mockumentary using found footage within its narrative, lives or dies on believability. And this movie has it ten fold.

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