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* AdultFear: The opening of the film is this in spades: a child drowns on a family trip and is missing for weeks until their body resurfaces -- right before Christmas. And ''then'' her parents, overcome with grief and denial, convince themselves that the body wasn't Alice's to hold onto the small chance that she's secretly alive, only to exhume her body and confirm that it is indeed their daughter.
* BadDreams: Alice's mother has such vivid nightmares about Alice's ghost that she takes to long walks at night just so she won't have to sleep.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The Palmers understand Alice better and have the closure to move on from her death, but it's implied that they're no longer aware of Alice, who continues to linger on alone.]]
* FailedASpotCheck: The credits reveal that [[spoiler:Alice was in Mathew's faked backyard photograph all along, but she was very easy to spot the first time the photo was shown onscreen, if your eyes scanned the the screen at all. This makes it seem as though her family didn't spot-check in the least, though the film leaves it ambiguous as to whether or not her family ''can'' notice her.]]



* HappierHomeMovie: Whenever the Palmers reminisce about Alice, it's usually intercut with this, much like a real-life documentary.



* MindScrew: A lot of things in this film will leave you with a lot to think about. [[spoiler: What caused those bruises on Matthew? Was it self-harm? What really gave Alice those dreams? Was is just hallucinations? Was it because she may have been pregnant ("the sick feeling")? What created the figure at Lake Mungo? It couldn't have just been hallucinations since she actually filmed it. So was the lake cursed? Did it slowly MindRape her and kill her, or was the whole thing as mundane as "a guilt-wracked and very misunderstood girl slowly loses her sanity and commits suicide"?]]

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* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: Zig-zagged in-universe. Alice appears as a ghost to her father, but it's unclear if she's really there or if he's hallucinating from his suppressed grief. Then she starts appearing in photographs, but it's revealed that Mathew was faking them to help give his mother closure. ''Then'' she starts appearing in footage for real [[spoiler:and it's revealed in the credits that she's actually be on film all along, but nobody has noticed. Not to mention that she saw recorded the image of her own ghost approaching her.]]
* MindScrew: A lot of things in this film will leave you with a lot to think about. [[spoiler: What caused those bruises on Matthew? Was it self-harm? What really gave Alice those dreams? Was is just hallucinations? Was it because she may have been pregnant ("the sick feeling")? What created the figure at Lake Mungo? It couldn't have just been hallucinations since she actually filmed it. So was the lake cursed? Did it slowly MindRape her and kill her, or was the whole thing as mundane as "a guilt-wracked and very misunderstood girl slowly loses her sanity and falls victim to an accident (or [[DrivenToSuicide commits suicide"?]]suicide]]"?]]


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* PosthumousCharacter: The documentary takes place long after Alice's death, but who she really is isn't made apparent until certain revelations come to light.


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* JitterCam: Averted, except for the cell phone footage.

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* JitterCam: Averted, except for All of the cell phone footage.footage is extremely erratic, making it hard to make out details.



* MoodWhiplash: After TheReveal of [[spoiler: the sex tape]] and discussion of it with Alice's family, the interview segment with Alice's friends takes place at a [[PoolScene public pool]], with said friends in bikinis.
* NothingIsScarier: No gore, no ScareChord, no PeekABooCorpse, the solemn atmosphere that remains for most of the film is just chilling.

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* MoodWhiplash: After TheReveal of [[spoiler: the sex tape]] and discussion of it with Alice's family, the interview segment with Alice's friends takes place at a [[PoolScene public pool]], with said her friends in bikinis.
* NothingIsScarier: No gore, no ScareChord, no PeekABooCorpse, the solemn atmosphere that remains for most of the The film is just chilling.predominantly relies on ambiance and haunting still images to convey horror rather than jump scares and gore.



* ScareChord: One, when [[spoiler:Alice's camera footage freezes on her doppleganger face for a while, then suddenly reanimates at high speed with a shocking loud sound]].



* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: Alice, Type A, summed up by the line, "Alice kept secrets, and she kept the fact that she kept secrets, a secret."]]

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* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: Alice, Type A, summed up by the line, "Alice kept who "kept secrets, and she kept the fact that she kept secrets, a secret."]]"]]
* WholePlotReference: To ''Series/TwinPeaks'', which was also about a beautiful, young woman who turns up dead, with the investigation afterwards turning up bizarre paranormal events and evidence of a huge, secret double life on the part of the young woman. The fact that both girls have the same last name (Palmer) seals this.


The film was part of the Creator/AfterDarkHorrorfest film festival. An American ForeignRemake was to be expected out sometime in 2011, from the folks behind TheRing but it appears to be in DevelopmentHell.

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The film was part of the Creator/AfterDarkHorrorfest film festival. An American ForeignRemake was to be expected out sometime in 2011, from the folks behind TheRing ''Film/TheRing'' but it appears to be in DevelopmentHell.


* MindScrew: A lot of things in this film will leave you with a lot to think about. [[spoiler: What caused those bruises on Matthew? Was it self-harm? What really gave Alice those dreams? Was is just hallucinations? Was it because she may have been pregnant ("the sick feeling")? What created the figure at Lake Mungo? It couldn't have just been hallucinations since she actually filmed it. So was the lake cursed? Did it slowly MindRape her and kill her, or was the whole thing as mundane as "a guilt-wracked and very misundertood girl slowly loses her sanity and commits suicide"?]]

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* MindScrew: A lot of things in this film will leave you with a lot to think about. [[spoiler: What caused those bruises on Matthew? Was it self-harm? What really gave Alice those dreams? Was is just hallucinations? Was it because she may have been pregnant ("the sick feeling")? What created the figure at Lake Mungo? It couldn't have just been hallucinations since she actually filmed it. So was the lake cursed? Did it slowly MindRape her and kill her, or was the whole thing as mundane as "a guilt-wracked and very misundertood misunderstood girl slowly loses her sanity and commits suicide"?]]



* ParentalIssues: Alice's family and friends never actually truely understood her.

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* ParentalIssues: Alice's family and friends never actually truely truly understood her.



* RuleOfSymbolism: [[spoiler: Both Alice and June (Alice's mother) had an interview with Ray, and during their hypnotic trances, they were both asked to go into their house and walk around. Alice described that she went to her room and sat on her chair, while June also described herself walking into Alice's room, and Alice continued to describe seeing her mother walking in. This implies that although their trances took place at different times, they were parallel. However, In Alice's trance, she describes that June came into the room, looked around, but left, oblivious to her prescence. In June's trance, she described herself coming into the room, seeing it empty, and leaves. Showing us that the daughter waited for the mother, she wanted her to understand her more, but the mother never saw it, she was oblivious to the daughter's true feelings.]]

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* RuleOfSymbolism: [[spoiler: Both Alice and June (Alice's mother) had an interview with Ray, and during their hypnotic trances, they were both asked to go into their house and walk around. Alice described that she went to her room and sat on her chair, while June also described herself walking into Alice's room, and Alice continued to describe seeing her mother walking in. This implies that although their trances took place at different times, they were parallel. However, In Alice's trance, she describes that June came into the room, looked around, but left, oblivious to her prescence.presence. In June's trance, she described herself coming into the room, seeing it empty, and leaves. Showing us that the daughter waited for the mother, she wanted her to understand her more, but the mother never saw it, she was oblivious to the daughter's true feelings.]]

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* MoodWhiplash: After TheReveal of [[spoiler: the sex tape]] and discussion of it with Alice's family, the interview segment with Alice's friends takes place at a [[PoolScene public pool]], with said friends in bikinis.


The film was part of the AfterDarkHorrorfest film festival. An American ForeignRemake was to be expected out sometime in 2011, from the folks behind TheRing but it appears to be in DevelopmentHell.

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The film was part of the AfterDarkHorrorfest Creator/AfterDarkHorrorfest film festival. An American ForeignRemake was to be expected out sometime in 2011, from the folks behind TheRing but it appears to be in DevelopmentHell.

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* MindScrew: A lot of things in this film will leave you with a lot to think about. [[spoiler: What caused those bruises on Matthew? Was it self-harm? What really gave Alice those dreams? Was is just hallucinations? Was it because she may have been pregnant ("the sick feeling")? What created the figure at Lake Mungo? It couldn't have just been hallucinations since she actually filmed it. So was the lake cursed? Did it slowly MindRape her and kill her, or was the whole thing as mundane as "a guilt-wracked and very misundertood girl slowly loses her sanity and commits suicide"?]]


The film was part of the AfterDarkHorrorfest film festival. An American ForeignRemake is expected out sometime in 2011, from the folks behind TheRing.

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The film was part of the AfterDarkHorrorfest film festival. An American ForeignRemake is was to be expected out sometime in 2011, from the folks behind TheRing.TheRing but it appears to be in DevelopmentHell.

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* ReCut: The American release of the film is based on a rough cut of the film while the Australian release was a shorter and tighter cut prepared by the director. The shorter version is generally considered the better one.


[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lake_Mungo_Official_Poster_9360.jpg]]''LakeMungo'' is a 2008 Australian horror film. Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Kemeny discovers that Alice led a double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice's secret past emerges.

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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lake_Mungo_Official_Poster_9360.jpg]]''LakeMungo'' jpg]]''Lake Mungo'' is a 2008 Australian horror film. Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Kemeny discovers that Alice led a double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice's secret past emerges.


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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Alice's ghost is pretty standard with the exception that [[spoiler: she saw her own ghost before she died.]]


''LakeMungo'' is a 2008 Australian horror film. Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Kemeny discovers that Alice led a double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice's secret past emerges.

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''LakeMungo'' [[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Lake_Mungo_Official_Poster_9360.jpg]]''LakeMungo'' is a 2008 Australian horror film. Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Kemeny discovers that Alice led a double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice's secret past emerges.

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''LakeMungo'' is a 2008 Australian horror film. Sixteen-year-old Alice Palmer drowns while swimming in the local dam. When her body is recovered and a verdict of accidental death returned, her grieving family buries her. The family then experiences a series of strange and inexplicable events centered around their home. Profoundly unsettled, the Palmers seek the help of psychic and parapsychologist, Ray Kemeny. Kemeny discovers that Alice led a double life. A series of clues lead the family to Lake Mungo where Alice's secret past emerges.
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The film was part of the AfterDarkHorrorfest film festival. An American ForeignRemake is expected out sometime in 2011, from the folks behind TheRing.
!!This film provides examples of the following tropes:
* GhostlyGoals: [[spoiler: Alice wants her family to find out about her secrets and ultimately understand her.]]
* JitterCam: Averted, except for the cell phone footage.
* {{Mockumentary}}
* NothingIsScarier: No gore, no ScareChord, no PeekABooCorpse, the solemn atmosphere that remains for most of the film is just chilling.
* ParentalIssues: Alice's family and friends never actually truely understood her.
* PsychologicalHorror
* RuleOfSymbolism: [[spoiler: Both Alice and June (Alice's mother) had an interview with Ray, and during their hypnotic trances, they were both asked to go into their house and walk around. Alice described that she went to her room and sat on her chair, while June also described herself walking into Alice's room, and Alice continued to describe seeing her mother walking in. This implies that although their trances took place at different times, they were parallel. However, In Alice's trance, she describes that June came into the room, looked around, but left, oblivious to her prescence. In June's trance, she described herself coming into the room, seeing it empty, and leaves. Showing us that the daughter waited for the mother, she wanted her to understand her more, but the mother never saw it, she was oblivious to the daughter's true feelings.]]
* SceneryPorn
* StepfordSmiler: [[spoiler: Alice, Type A, summed up by the line, "Alice kept secrets, and she kept the fact that she kept secrets, a secret."]]
* YourDaysAreNumbered: [[spoiler:Alice saw her own corpse (and filmed it on her cell phone) while on a class trip to Lake Mungo.]]

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