Every once in a while I find myself watching a film that feels fresh and unique, be that with its story telling, cinematography, or even the way it casts its characters. I'm not saying that 'Lake Mungo' is in any way ground breaking. But, this is my first experience with the true crime documentary style way of telling a story (especially within the horror genre) and being a true crime documentary fan, I was completely captivated with the creative way in which this was filmed.
Being filmed in the same way you would expect most true crime documentaries to be filmed helped provide true authenticity to this production. Several times throughout, I found myself losing sight of the fact that this is a film and not a real documentary. The director does a very convincing job of telling this story, featuring Interviews, news footage, crime scene photographs and set location reenactment shots. There is a distinctive difference in quality of the film when switching between the older, more dated archive footage and the current day interview footage, and it's subtleties like this that only amplified my experience with this film.
Overall, I found this entertaining and was enthralled by the mystery and intrigue from start to finish. This is definitely going to require another rewatch, if not multiple rewatches, due to the credit sequence alone. There are numerous images in the final sequence that show up on screen that are featured predominantly throughout the film, only this time, your eye is drawn to different parts of the image, revealing things you would never have caught the first time around. I'm sure these images will have been there all along, but I need to give it a second look just out of pure curiosity. If you are are a true crime documentary fan, or even someone who can appreciate different forms of story telling, than I strongly recommend 'Lake Mungo'.
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