Megan is Missing is being called the scariest movie… of 2011. The found-footage horror flick earned a limited release five years after it was shot, and has received a grand total of three reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, one negative and two positive. It was considered so disturbing when it came out that it was banned in New Zealand for being “injurious to the public good.”
So why are many of us only hearing about it now? Because last weekend, Megan is Missing suddenly popped up on TikTok, and over the last few days the troubling film has gone viral. TikTok users are sharing their strong reactions to the film, with many saying they’ve been downright mortified by the experience. Even the most die-hard horror fans can’t watch Megan is Missing without coming away emotionally scarred.
“Please watch this film at your own risk,” said one TikTok user. “It is something I will never watch again. I am forever traumatized.”
“This is hands down the most traumatizing film I’ve ever seen and I am not okay,” said another user.
A third user said they weren’t even finished watching the movie, but they’d already decided never to leave the house again.
What It’s About
Megan is Missing is a psychological horror film about Megan Stewart (played by Rachel Quinn), a popular high school student who disappears after meeting a boy online. Megan’s friend Amy (Amber Perkins) embarks on a terrifying investigation of Megan’s disappearance. Critics have called the movie “distressing,” “extreme,” and “chilling.”
Even Megan is Missing’s writer-director, Michael Goi, is warning people about the film. While he says the movie is not a true story, it was based on true child abduction stories, including that of Miranda Gaddis and Ashley Pond in 2002.
Goi, who has also worked on Scream Queens, American Horror Story, and Glee, made his own TikTok post after actress Amber Perkins told him the film was “exploding” on the video-sharing app.
“I didn’t get to give you the customary warnings that I used to give people before they watched Megan Is Missing, which are: Do not watch the movie in the middle of the night. Do not watch the movie alone,” Goi said.
“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 that maybe you don’t want to see,” Goi warned. “So apologies to those who are already posting about how the movie freaked them out, but fair warning to those of you who are still contemplating watching the film.”
If you’ve got the stomach, you can rent Megan Is Missing on Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, and YouTube.