“Megan Is Missing” traumatizes viewers


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Horror film “Megan Is Missing” focuses on two 14-year-old girls who disappear after meeting an online acquaintance. This film is terrifying and realistic.

Surrounded by a world of hate and pressure, 14-year-old Megan Stewart (Rachel Quinn) disappears after meeting up with an internet friend. After a grueling three-week search, Megan’s best friend Amy Herman (Amber Perkins) also vanishes, causing panic in their community. “Megan Is Missing” is an incredibly disturbing movie with amazing acting, but is poorly filmed.

Originally released in 2011, “Megan Is Missing” is a “found footage” film, meaning it leads viewers to believe all of the footage is real. Even though the movie is disturbing, its filming is mediocre, taking away from the scariness of the plot. Towards the end of the movie, it is nearly impossible to see anything, as it is very dark. Although this was likely intentional, it does no good for the movie or the viewing experience. 

Despite the subpar videography, the acting in “Megan Is Missing” is admirable and genuine. Herman’s portrayal of a terrified, hopeless child is raw and real, deeply touching viewers. The last 20 minutes of the movie are acted out solely by Herman, and although she cannot be seen, the greatness of her acting is not diminished. 

“Megan Is Missing” is just as spine-chilling as horror classics like “The Shining” and “Psycho,” but no film will ever match its horridness. This movie is not suitable for all viewers and should be watched with caution.