Movie Review: Megan is Missing
Be wary of this one.
A new TikTok trend has brought “Megan is Missing,” a 2011 psychological horror film, back to the surface, and app users are showing their reactions to the raw footage in the movie. Michael Goi, the film’s director, recently came out with a statement warning viewers of the content.
As a person who likes scary movies, I was interested from the beginning to see what all the fuss was about.
“Megan is Missing” stars Megan Stewart (Rachel Quinn), a popular, troubled teen in an unlikely friendship with her innocent best friend, Amy Herman (Amber Perkins).
The film begins as a webcam call between Megan and her friends, and we are quickly introduced to a possibly abusive household in the background. We learn that Megan tends to shield Amy from her home life truths when she lies about a confrontation before the call.
Their specific relationship is further established through Megan attending parties with her popular friends, and Amy tagging along despite being ignored by her other peers.
Later on, Megan is introduced to Josh (voiced by Dean Waite), who we never see in the film, over a webcam call. Megan questions why he doesn’t show his face, and he gives the excuse that his camera is broken. Megan becomes attracted to him through photos he shows, and they grow a liking for each other.
After talking more, Megan decides to meet up with Josh at a party where he doesn’t show. Furious, she calls him back, and he shares that he was too scared to approach her and sat back stalking her. This is the first instance where the audience discovers something is fishy, and as the title implies, someone soon goes missing.
Although “Megan is Missing” appears outdated, it remains relatable to the audience today with the incorporation of mobile devices in the film. I was able to really understand where the characters were coming from, and it made it a lot harder to watch as it became more gruesome.
The movie is seen through the lens of peoples’ cameras at parties, the webcams of Megan and Amy, and other footage made to look like news segments and real photographs.
As the audience, you almost participate like these events are happening around you. It combines the feeling of a spectator and simply hearing news broadcasts, with recordings of the characters in the moment, like you are there with them. It definitely will keep you up at night.
In contrast, the film lacks a compelling script and character development. Even though the events are graphic and traumatic, the lighter scenes are pathetic in comparison. In addition, it seems as if as the movie went on, the characters became more comfortable with who they were, and that aspect was lost in the inception.
However for sensitive viewers, this film contains topics of sexual abuse, drugs, and alcohol that may not be for everyone.
Mason Kellerman, junior, is the Illustrator for the Marquette Messenger. This will be his second year on staff. Mason is involved with Marquette Theatre...