The disturbing 2011 film Megan Is Missing has gone viral on TikTok over just how unsettling it is. Is it really that bad, though?
In short, yes. Though it was marketed as an educational film, it was banned in countries like New Zealand for its exploitative nature.
What is the Megan Is Missing TikTok trend?
In a viral video that has more than 11 million views, TikTok user @aleigh.ander showed her horrified reaction to the movie, which goes from scary to concerning about 30 minutes in.
Following the trend, user @bella.clare showed clips of her face before, during and after watching the movie. Her facial expressions grow progressively more disturbed as it goes on.
Dozens of other users have shared similar posts.
"If you are thinking of watching Megan is Missing, please don’t,” user @lilnutmegg wrote in a post. “I love horror/thriller/murder mysteries and I can watch them very easily, but this one I will never ever forget. I couldn’t even finish it.”
What should I do before watching this movie?
Megan Is Missing has left so many young people disturbed that Michael Goi, the movie's writer and director, took to TikTok to issue several warnings about the film's content.
“I got a text from Amber Perkins, the lead actress in my movie, that it was exploding on TikTok at the moment, and I didn’t get to give YouTube customary warnings that I used to give people before they watched Megan is Missing," he said.
“Do not watch the movie in the middle of the night. Do not watch the movie alone," he continued. "And if you see the words ‘photo number one’ pop up on your screen, you have about four seconds to shut off the movie if you’re already kind of freaking out, before you start seeing things you maybe don’t want to see."
Where can I watch Megan is Missing?
You can rent it on YouTube and Google Play for $1.99 if that's what you really want, but we'd recommend reading the plot summary first so you know what you're getting into. The trailer is available here.
Is Megan Is Missing real?
Thankfully, though the found footage style may suggest that it's based on true events, it's not. It's all fictional. That doesn't make it any less horrifying to watch, though.
What is the plot of the movie Megan Is Missing?
Trigger warning: The content of the article linked below engages with violence and the abuse of minors.
Megan Is Missing is the story of the disappearance of a popular high school student named Megan Stewart who met up with a "boy" she met online. After that, the film follows the investigation launched by her best friend Amy Herman.
You can read the full plot synopsis here, but please do so at your own risk.
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