October 26, 2011

Megan Is Missing (2011)

"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."

If you ever needed something to spook kids about the dangers of internet predators then Michael Goi's "Megan is Missing" is the film you've been looking for.

I had watched some of this when it first came out back in May but gave up on it due to it not really having any subject matter which was of any interest to me. For the first hour, it appeared to be nothing but an inconsistently acted teen drama with actresses far too old for their parts. But, thanks to Netflix and boredom, I gave it another try and I'm glad that I did.

Having reappraised "Megan Is Missing", the acting isn't actually that bad although believing that one of the 22 year old actresses in particularly is supposed to be a 14 year old who still loves teddy bears is still a bit of stretch especially when you compare her character to that of the other (unfortunately far too realistic) "teens".

Although it has plenty of flaws including the unrealistic use of video phones, a silly fake news report, and a couple of plot holes which are impossible to ignore, for something which was allegedly filmed in only 8 days for $35,000, the ending (apart from the final scene which dragged on for way too long) rivals anything from the most hardcore mainstream horror that you are likely to encounter.

I'd rank the first 12 of the last 22 minutes of "Megan is Missing" up there with "The Girl Next Door" (2007) for being something which you really wish you could "unsee" afterwards. It really is that brutal!

I'm not going to tell you any more because I hate giving spoilers for films which I recommend. No matter what age you are or how many horror films you've already watched, the more you don't know about it, the greater the final shock will be.

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