A controversial horror film called Megan is Missing is going viral on TikTok after many users watched it for the first time over the weekend. The film, which was heavily criticised for its objectionable content when it was released in 2011, is having a resurgence on the platform with users calling it "traumatising" and warning each other to take caution.
The film - which is part of the 'found-footage' genre - follows the story of 14-year-old Megan and her best friend Amy. After meeting a man called Josh online and agreeing to go on a date with him Megan goes missing, leaving Amy to try and piece together what happened.
At the time of its release the film was fiercely criticised for its sexualisation of the young protagonists, the use of graphic violence and the quality of the acting, and was was banned in New Zealand for its "objectionable" content.
Almost a decade after its release the film gained traction on TikTok over the weekend with viewers having a mixed reaction to the films resurgence. Many viewers wanted to warn spread caution, informing others to be mindful of trigger warnings before they watch the film, while others were shocked at how terrifying the film is.
everyone on twitter: don't watch megan is missing if you have severe anxiety
— bill (@BurnerP28817150) November 15, 2020
everyone: don't watch megan is missing alone or in the middle of the night etc
me, on my way to Do Just That: pic.twitter.com/INFUgO8o7k
— ⫩ soft farmboy clark kent ⎊ (@idhrengondis) November 15, 2020
tw / rape , pedophilia , assault
if any of you plan on watching megan is missing, please heed the warnings associated with the film!! i watched it a while back but had no idea it contained any of this and it really fucked with me so please take caution!! pic.twitter.com/uonwy8zXeG
— kota ☽ (@enbyhwas) November 16, 2020
The film's director, Michael Goi, issued a statement via TikTok on Sunday, issuing the "customary warnings" he says he would normally give people before they watch the film.
"... do not watch the movie in the middle of the night, do not watch the movie alone, and if you see the words "Photo No. 1" 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."
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