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Inspired by actual events, director Michael K. Goi's harrowing cautionary drama tells the story of two typical teenage girls who vanished without a trace after being accosted by an internet predator. 14 year old Megan Stewart and 13 year old Amy Herman were best friends. Like most typical adolescents, they enjoyed chatting on the internet, and partying with their friends. Then on January 14, 2007, the unthinkable happened. Megan simply disappeared into thin air. Her friends and family searched frantically, but to no avail. Three weeks later, Amy, too, went missing. To this day, neither of the girls has ever been found. The feature offers a disturbing glimpse into the events as they may have unfolded in the days leading up to Megan and Amy's disappearances. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Cast: Amber Perkins, Rachel Quinn, Dean Waite, Jael Elizabeth Steinmeyer, Kara Wang, Brittany Hingle, Carolina Sabate, Trigve Hagen
Director: Michael Goi
Summary: Employing a mix of storytelling techniques (including webcam footage, video chats and dramatized news reports), this chillingly realistic thriller charts the disappearance of two teens who vanish three weeks apart under mysterious circumstances.
My Thoughts: "This isn't your normal type of scary film. It's a scary film on a realistic level. It's disturbing, intense, and hard to watch at times. But the message is clear and scary, especially for those who have kids. I don't have any kids of my own, but I do have custody of my niece and she will be thirteen next month and these girls are the same age or a year older. So seeing this film makes me want to keep her off the computer all together. I know there are more scary predators out there and they are not just on the computer. But this film shows you just how vulnerable young girls/boys can be to people who tell them what they want to hear and who feed on their insecurities. The Internet is a big world with many people pretending to be who they are not. So this is a great film to maybe watch with your older kids, or at least discuss with them to make them aware of how scary the net can be. I will admit that some scenes are a bit on the cheesy side, but the message rings louder. The last twenty minutes is the hardest part of the film to sit through. If you rent this film make sure to listen to the "statement" in the special features. The mans story is sad but also inspiring considering the awareness he has brought to the issue."
As a kid I was an absolute gorehound but the older I've gotten the more my tolerance for onscreen violence has waned. What disturbs me most now is any kind of violence towards children so this found footage effort was particularly hard to watch. The fact it's partially based on a real-life case makes it all the more horrifying and even more exploitative. It tells the tale of two fourteen year old girls who disappear after befriending an older boy on the internet. The movie is schizophrenic in tone, the satirical feel of it's fake news reports are in stark contrast to the rest of the film's darkness. Twentysomething actress Amber Perkins is wholly convincing as a teen and her vulnerable performance will literally break your heart. I've seen some tough stuff over the years but the final twenty minutes of this film are probably the most disturbing, depressing and just plain sad I've ever sat through. If you have a daughter you'll never let her leave the house after watching this.
If you watched Megan Is Missing then it's a movie you'll NEVER forget.It's very disturbing & extremely hard to watch.The last 10-15 minutes were the worst.Just like the Paranormal Activity movies, Megan Is Missing is a movie I will only watch once & never again.Horror movies full of guts & gore don't even creep me out as much as this movie did
I reaaaaally dont get why im seeing all these positive reviews out there of this. Its like people are giving it a pass because its about the real life fear of young kids being taken by these stalkers online. Yes, its definitely something parents should be afraid of and kids should be careful of... but does that mean this is a good movie? Fuck no. For one, if the director is right and 13 and 14 year olds are like this now, i weep for humanity. A 5 minute scene showing a 14 year old girl talking about the first blowjob she gave and how she gagged and... yeah not fun to watch. Nothing happens till 45 minutes in and then after that its really nothing that hasnt been seen before. I give them credit for one decent makeup job but otherwise it was pretty poorly done. I think there could have been a good and creepy movie in this but they just screwed it up.
December 19, 2011
A found footage film comprised of a young teenage girl's video diary coupled with news footage, Megan is Missing is a tale of the darkness that can envelope teenagers at extremely young ages--the two girls are only 13 and 14. The dark underbelly of teenage life reminded me of Laura Palmer from Twin Peaks, but the girls are much younger. At the age of 14, they already have sex, take hard drugs, perform sexual acts for drugs, etc. A tale of childhood abuse and its repercussions, Megan is Missing is a slow building horror film that is perhaps most disturbing in its depiction of early adolescent promiscuity and drug abuse. But the film ultimately takes a turn for the twisted in its final moments. Still, it in falls a little flat because it feels like an after-school special using the torture porn genre to convey its message. Still, it is a dark, twisted, and unnerving film that examines the abyss underlining the seemingly utopian exterior of instant communication.
This movie was difficult for me to watch. I don't dislike horror films but, this movie was just so depressing... It really shows that monster's really do exist in the real world and that many of them will and do use the internet to gain access to the ppl that they want to do harm to. It didn't help that the character's in the film, specifically with their behavior, are downright stupid; but, at least that's honest. Many ppl, in the real world, really are that dumb! As depressing as it is, I think it might be a real good idea for every h.s. student in the country to be forced to watch this film before they graduate, in much the same fashion as that idea has been discussed in regards to at least a few other films, such as Requiem For A Dream.