The controversial 2011 “found footage” horror Megan Is Missing has hit headlines recently, thanks to video-sharing platform TikTok. Is Megan Is Missing a true story?

Despite being almost a decade old, the psychological horror movie has made a resurgence thanks to the reviews of some very scared teenagers.

As a result, many of those watching the film are wondering: is Megan Is Missing based on truth? Yes and no.

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What is Megan Is Missing about?

Written, directed, edited and co-produced by Michael Goi, Megan Is Missing is a “found footage” psychological horror set in North Hollywood.

The film revolves around the disappearance of a 14-year-old girl, Megan Stewart. It makes use of real life cases of child abduction. 

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Is Megan Is Missing a true story?

  • No, but it does borrow heavily from real life. Megan Is Missing draws on a series of real life cases of child abduction, but it is not itself a true story.

The “found footage” style makes it look realistic – and real – but it is a fictional story.

Making it even more realistic, the majority of its cast were either first-time or inexperienced actors. This meant first-time viewers were unlikely to recognise them, and more likely to take the film at face value.

When it first came out, Megan Is Missing director Michael Goi made sure to preface screenings with a short introduction. In his introduction, he would make sure audiences knew to prepare themselves for the film.

He would also explain that, despite the film’s naturalism, it is not simply telling a true story.

Is Megan Is Missing on Netflix?

Netflix has dozens of horror films in its inventory. Unfortunately, however, Megan Is Missing is not currently on Netflix. Nor is it on Hulu or Prime Video.

The film is available for rent on YouTube, Google Play and iTunes.

Why is it viral in 2020?

Megan Is Missing regained popularity – or notoriety – during the weekend (14-15 November) after receiving a slew of criticism from TikTok users.

One user said the film “got me staring at the wall and wanting to delete all my social media accounts”. Another said “I have never been more triggered or traumatised by something in my entire life”. 

Director Michael Goi responded to those “traumatised” fans in a TikTok video of his own. In the video, he lays out his warnings:

Do not watch the movie in the middle of the night, do not watch the movie alone, 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.

@michaelgoi on TikTok

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