A controversial horror film called Megan is Missing is going viral on TikTok after many users watched it for the first time over the weekend. The film, which was heavily criticised for its objectionable content when it was released in 2011, is having a resurgence on the platform with users calling it “traumatising” and warning each other to take caution.

People posting their reactions to the movie and cautioning others to not watch it

The film which is part of the found-footage genre follows the story of 14-year-old Megan and her best friend Amy. After meeting a man called Josh online and agreeing to go on a date with him Megan goes missing, leaving Amy to try and piece together what happened.

The movie is a fictional story about internet predators and child abduction

The film’s director, Michael Goi, issued a statement via TikTok on Sunday, issuing the customary warnings he says he would normally give people before they watch the film.

The movie previously criticized for its extreme violence with some critics violence

Do not watch the movie in the middle of the night, do not watch the movie alone, and if you see the words Photo No. 1 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.

Michael Goi – Film Director

At the time of its release the film was fiercely criticized for its sexualization of the young protagonists, the use of graphic violence and the quality of the acting, and was was banned in New Zealand for its objectionable content.

Megan is Missing began to take off on TikTok in mid-November

Almost a decade after its release the film gained traction on TikTok over the weekend with viewers having a mixed reaction to the film’s resurgence. Many viewers wanted to warn spread caution, informing others to be mindful of trigger warnings before they watch the film, while others were shocked at how terrifying the film is.

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