Lake Mungo was one of After Dark’s 8 Films to Die For in 2008 and was available to stream in the early days of Netflix. Those of us who saw it were stunned by what many describe as the most convincing supernatural mockumentary ever made. It’s a slow burn affair that will hook you immediately and keep you enthralled until it’s gripping conclusion.
One of our favorite Irish film critics and academics, Ryan Hollinger, recently produced a video discussion about Lake Mungo, which he dubs “The Saddest Horror Movie You’ve Never Seen”. While still available to stream, Lake Mungo remains a relative sleeper, but with the advent of true crime documentaries on Netflix and Bravo, the it looks and feels surprisingly contemporary—even at a decade old.
If you’ve never seen Lake Mungo for yourself, do yourself a favor and remedy that situation immediately. Bookmark this page and come back and see us then. You can skip down to the synopsis and trailer at the bottom of the article.
If you’ve seen Lake Mungo, or simply want to remember how gut-wrenching it truly is, enjoy Ryan’s deep-dive at the top of the article.
Alice drowns while swimming and her family begins experiencing inexplicable events in their home. The family hires a parapsychologist whose investigation unveils Alice’s secret double life and leads them all to Lake Mungo.
Lake Mungo was written and directed by Joel Anderson and stars Rosie Traynor, David Pledger, and Martin Sharpe.