Lake Mungo (2008)

There aren’t many horror movies that tackle grief quite as successfully as “Lake Mungo” does. Mixing the conventions of real-crime documentaries and found-footage horror entries, director Joel Anderson crafts a compelling, chilling tale of a teenager’s accidental death, its impact on her family, and the many secrets revealed along the way. The movie has a number of downright terrifying moments, making great use of photography, atmosphere and music in order to slowly get under the viewer’s skin, and Anderson’s careful unfurling of the movie’s narrative makes the entire movie feel surprisingly authentic. Highly recommended for fans of genre entries like “Home Movie,” “Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County” and “Honeymoon.”

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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