|Lake Mungo (2008)|
|Starring:||Talia Zucker, Rosie Traynor, and David Pledger|
This realism certainly accounts for a high percentage of the scares that are to be found in Lake Mungo. Even though the movie is devoid of traditional “jump scares,” it instead tries its best to creep its viewers out in a classier fashion. Without relying on big supernatural scares or bait-and-switch moments where cats jump out of closets, the movie is forced to rely on atmosphere and capitalize on the audience’s fear of the unknown. Similar to the best scares found in Kairo (aka Pulse) by Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Lake Mungo relies on slow moving shots that focus on supernatural events that are not distinctly visible to the audience. In shots that at first appear to be mundane, this “documentary” points out the creepy ghost-like image that is reflected in mirrors or through shadows. In keeping the visuals to a minimum, the audience manages to develop their own fear and bring it to high pitch. This creates an unnerving atmosphere that is rarely duplicated in cinema, and it makes Lake Mungo an unprecedented success.