Michael Goi, the writer and director of the 2011 film “Megan Is Missing,” is warning viewers about the film after it went viral on the video sharing app TikTok.
In his own post to the app, Goi, who has since worked on projects including “American Horror Story” and “Salem,” said one of the film’s leads, actress Amber Perkins, informed him that the movie was “exploding on TikTok at the moment.”
“I didn’t get to give you the customary warnings that I used to give people before they watched ‘Megan Is Missing,’ which are: Do not watch the movie in the middle of the night. Do not watch the movie alone” he listed. “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.”
He continued, “So apologies to those who are already posting about how the movie freaked them out, but fair warning to those of you who are still contemplating watching the film.”
In just a day, Goi’s post has garnered 4.6 million views and 1.4 million likes on the app.
“Megan Is Missing” is a psychological horror film about a teenager (played by Rachel Quinn), who disappears after meeting an online acquaintance (Dean Waite). An investigation into her disappearance is launched by her best friend Amy Herman (Perkins).
TikTok users took to the app to share their reaction to the film, which some described as traumatizing.
“Please watch this film at your own risk. It is something I will never watch again. I am forever traumatized,” user @bella.clare wrote.
“This is hands down the most traumatizing film I’ve ever seen and I am not okay. Please be made aware before watching,” user @spicysicilianmami wrote.
“I didn’t think it was gonna be THAT bad I’m scared to go out now,” user @adriana.10.38 wrote.
“I’m literally never leaving my house again. I’m not even done with the movie I still have like 15 mins left but i’m disgusted (right now),” user @h4ndfullofaids wrote.
Although the film was completed in 2006, it did not find a distributor until 2011, when it had a limited release. Upon release, the movie was banned in New Zealand after being classified as “objectionable” for featuring “sexual violence and sexual conduct involving young people.”