The Project X Effect
Over the past few weeks Project X has proved to be more than just another teen movie, but a cultural phenomenon that has taken the nation by storm. The film depicts a trio of “uncool” high school boys who, in order to gain popularity, decide to throw a massive house party. What transpires throughout the night is pure chaos fueled by drugs and alcohol where nothing seems to go right. However consequently the boys become legends and are lauded for their boldness.
Since the March 2nd release of the film, we have seen several cases of Project X copy cats all over the country. What should be careless fun has escalated into an epidemic where teens and 20-somethings are simply taking it too far causing destruction, violence and in one case a fatality. They all point back to the movie as a catalyst and inspiration for their transgressions and Warner Bros has been under heat for their role in producing the film.
Here are some examples of the Project X effect that have taken place since the movie’s release.
In an attempt to replicate the antics of Project X for another house party, a Florida teen on posted their exploits on YouTube. In the video, he showed a tour of a foreclosed home in Florida which he vandalized. He was arrested by police before the party ever happened. However, 2000 people showed up later that night.
4. Houston, Texas
In another Houston Project X-like party, a YouTube viral invitation prompted 1,000 people to show up at an empty mansion. As police came to break up the party, one party-goer started shooting. Ryan Spikes, an 18 year old high school student, was killed.
Mikey Vasovski, a Michigan teen, tweeted party invitations on twitter. He received RSVP’s from all over the world. When his dad heard of his son’s plans, he called police and asked them to stay outside of his house in case there were party-goers who show up.
2. Houston, Texas
And two weeks ago, kids trashed a newly built home in Houston. The group of teens were caught and arrested after a second attempt was stopped by the developer’s private investigator.
1. Miami, Florida
16-year-old Kit Darrant admitted to stabbing his mother to death in their Miami apartment with his 3-year-old brother in the home. He wrapped her corpse in a hidden room and proceeded to throw parties all throughout the week and even started selling household items to fund them. He was caught one week after the crime and is now being tried for murder.
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