Megan is Missing is a 2011 found-footage film that at the time made most people who saw it say ‘this is utter shite’, before going off to watch better films that don’t exploit the subject as badly as Megan is Missing does. Made at a time when the genre was enjoying a small revival with the likes of Cloverfield providing a push a few years earlier. In 2011 it was rightfully dismissed while better films like The Poughkeepsie Tapes and the haunting Lake Mungo built up small, but cultish following. Megan is Missing found its place as a footnote at best in the horror genre and vanished down the back of the sofa of people’s collective memories.
Then nine years later it returns during the hellscape dystopia that we’re all living in during 2020 thanks to a ‘TikTok influencer’ which may well be the most 2020 way of calling someone a cunt that you can get. As TikTok is inhabited by kids with social media profiles made up of anime pictures, this means loads of people who probably shouldn’t watch a piece of horror exploitation trash are, and fuck me, they think the thing is real! Of course, they’ve not been hardened to years of watching horror and whenever non-mainstream horror breaks into the mainstream it’s always funny to see people used to jumpscares and creepy dolls shite themselves at the more exploitative end of the genre, but Megan is Missing isn’t very good but the director, Michael Goi, is saying with a perfectly straight face is saying this is an ‘educational’ film and giving out trigger warnings, which kind of defeats the point of horror films in that they should force you to face your fears.
So basically the lesson in all of this is that Michael Goi’s bank account is going to be fatter once this scare is over, a few kids might be interested enough to watch decent horror films and ‘influencers’ will carry on being cunts which I suppose is no lesson at all but this is 2020.
Anyhow, the film is online on various platforms but here’s the trailer in all its terrible glory.