Megan Is Missing
Megan Is Missing is a 2011 American found footage psychological horror film written, directed, edited, and co-produced by Michael Goi. Originally developed as a low-budget independent feature in 2006, the film was shot for USD 30-35,000. The film became a pop culture sensation in 2020 after it went viral on the video-sharing social media platform TikTok. It has been described as “the scariest horror film of all time” by Entertainment Weekly.
About Megan Is Missing in brief
Megan Is Missing is a 2011 American found footage psychological horror film written, directed, edited, and co-produced by Michael Goi. Originally developed as a low-budget independent feature in 2006, the film was shot for USD 30-35,000. It did not find distribution until Anchor Bay Films gave it a limited theatrical release in 2011. It is one of the first computer screen films. The film became a pop culture sensation in 2020 after it went viral on the video-sharing social media platform TikTok. The prospect of a Spanish language remake was pitched by a production company in Mexico a few years after its release but Goi declined the offer. Megan Is Missing was banned in New Zealand and has been heavily criticized by critics for its confrontational violence and the oversexualization of the adolescent protagonists. It placed 6th in the DEG Watched at Home Top 20 Chart for Week Ending November 21, 2020. In the film, Megan Stewart is a popular high school honors student who is well known and liked among her peers. However, she lives a double life — she suffers from a history of child sexual abuse and has become addicted to drugs. On January 2, 2007, she is shown to have a dysfunctional home life due to her turbulent relationship with her mother. Megan is introduced by her party friend Lexie to Josh, a man who claims to be a 17-year-old skater. He states that his little brother broke his web camera which leaves her unable to see his face. After Josh fails to reveal himself at a party that he claimed to be attending, she becomes angry at him.
Megan later apologizes for the bad experience. While recording a video diary, she has Megan tell her life story in which she reveals she doesn’t know who her real father is and that her step father is in prison for raping her at 9 years old. Subsequently, Megan is shown being tortured and mutilated while immobilized in a contraption to appear on an fetish forum. Investigators find her video footage in a garbage spot near her unedited body. Right before the video ends, someone is seen talking about her favorite teddy bear before the camera can grab her well-edited footage. It was notably endorsed by Marc Klaas, the founder of KlaaasKids Foundation. It has been described as “the scariest horror film of all time” by Entertainment Weekly and has received numerous complaints from viewers who found the film “traumatizing” and “disturbing” The film was released in 2011 and was very controversial upon its release. Goi wrote the script in 10 days and shot the film over the course of a week. Because of the graphic content, he requested that the parents of the young cast be on set during filming so that they were fully aware of their involvement in the project. Megan invites her to a rave party she’s attending and starkly defends Amy when a superficial party crowd begins mocking her. That night, Amy becomes intoxicated and is physically assaulted when she refuses to have sex with oneof the guys attending the party.