Horror Director Mike Flanagan Calls Free-to-Watch Found Footage Thriller “Heartbreaking”

Mike Flanagan
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It’s common knowledge among horror buffs that Joel Anderson’s Lake Mungo is one of the scariest found footage movies ever made. Anderson’s dense supernatural drama abounds with twists and tragedy, concluding with the kind of still image horror movies were made for. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I don’t want to spoil anything more but trust it’s one of the scariest movies of the century. If my word isn’t enough, check out what Mike Flanagan had to say.

Per Tubi: A family mourns the death of its 16-year-old daughter, Alice. Upon discovering her secret double life, a series of clues lead them to Lake Mungo.

Last week, horror filmmaker Mike Flanagan (recently attached to Blumhouse’s sequel to The Exorcist: Believer) logged Lake Mungo on Letterboxd alongside an ode penned to one of the century’s best. Flanagan wrote how he shared the film with some friends of his, calling Lake Mungo “one of my all-time favorite films.” Check out what he had to say below:

“Joel Anderson’s chilling, devastating story about a family experiencing strange things after the death of their daughter is just at the top of its class. Presented as a documentary, LAKE MUNGO’s terrors are quiet, subtle, and insidious. This movie always gives me gooseflesh up and down my arms as it builds its dread, and by the time we get to THAT shot (if you’ve seen it, you know exactly the one I mean) it becomes clear just how far into your mind and heart the movie has burrowed without you even realizing it.”

Mike Flanagan concluded his log by calling the film, “exceptional, terrifying, and ultimately heartbreaking.” You can check out his full reaction over on his Letterboxd account and additionally keep up with what he’s been watching. You can additionally follow me there and witness my steady decline in taste.

What do you think? Are you a fan of Lake Mungo? Our own Editor-in-Chief Mary Beth McAndrews even has an essay in Second Sight’s limited edition release of the film. Sound off on Twitter @Chadiscollins.



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