Lake Mungo

January 3rd, 2008


Lake Mungo

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Still of Martin Sharpe in Lake MungoStill of Steve Jodrell and Martin Sharpe in Lake Mungo

A supernatural drama about grief.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.1/10 (3,050 voted)

Director: Joel Anderson

Stars: Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, Martin Sharpe

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.

Rosie Traynor - June Palmer
David Pledger - Russell Palmer
Martin Sharpe - Mathew Palmer
Talia Zucker - Alice Palmer
Tania Lentini - Georgie Ritter
Cameron Strachan - Leith Ritter
Judith Roberts - Iris Long
Robin Cuming - Garret Long
Marcus Costello - Jason Whittle
Chloe Armstrong - Kim Whittle
Carole Patullo - Sargent Drouin
John Dunn - Funeral Director
Laurie Dunn - Funeral Director
Kirsty McDonald - Genevieve Trudeau
James Lawson - Frederick Rosskamp

Taglines: If you've never seen a ghost... Look closer.


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 3 Jan 2008

Filming Locations: Ararat, Victoria, Australia

Box Office Details

Budget: AUD 1,400,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Germany: (European Film Market)

Factual errors: The story takes place in December of 2005. In an interview with the grandparents of the victim, she says "the autopsy was performed on the Monday the 27th." and that the "coroner released the body on Tuesday the 28th." In fact, the 26th of December was the Monday and Tuesday was the 27th.

Kim Whittle: Alice kept secrets.She kept the fact that she kept secrets a secret.

User Review

The best of the trendy Horror "Mockumentaries"

Rating: 10/10

After "Blair Witch Project" the scary "mocumentary" business went through the roof. Ten years later, the trend is still going strong, with at least a couple dozen films with the same concept of hand-held terror. "Lake Mungo" is by far the best since "Blair Witch". It accomplishes much more than this year's other big effort, "Paranormal Activity", which, I found rather tame at best. Played almost as a television news special, "Lake Mungo" is the most believable entry thus far. The downplayed, monotone performances of the actors is very effective. The naturalism they maintain only adds more edge and anxiety to the story. And speaking of story, unlike most of the other first person horror movies, "Lake Mungo" actually has a good one. It's an honest mystery, full of secrets and lies, wrapped around a paranormal thriller. It has enough twists, turns and enough surprises/scares to keep anyone's attention. Rarely have I experienced so many chills in one sitting. Don't wait for the Hollywood re-make already in the works, there's no need, the Australians got it right the first time (unlike you, Hollywood.) Don't miss one of the best horror films of 2009.


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