“Project X,” a critically panned, financially successful film about a party that goes viral via text and Craigslist and then gets seriously out of control, has reportedly inspired similarly insane bashes across the country.
In the most extreme example of the mayhem, an unidentified man was killed at a party in Houston allegedly inspired by the film, when attendees started firing guns, according to ABC News. The person who allegedly shot the man ran away and is still at large.
Elsewhere in the Texas city, 13 teens were arrested after a new house was vandalized during a party, KHOU 11 News reported. Most of the windows were broken, sheetrock had been ripped out of the walls and liquor bottles were left behind.
Private investigator Mark Stephens told KHOU that the kids allegedly behind the party told him they were inspired by “Project X.”
Christopher Dade, 18, allegedly planned a similar party in an abandoned Florida house, trashing the property and posting an invitation YouTube, according to the Sun-Sentinel. He and another young man were arrested before a party could take place.
But emulating the film has also had a positive outcome for a Michigan teen. Mikey Vasovski attempted to throw a party he dubbed “Project M” at a foreclosed house by tweeting out an invitation, which subsequently went viral, according to ABC affiliate WXYZ.
His party was shut down before it happened, but the initiative was enough to get Vasovski a paid marketing internship offer by Jalopnik, Gawker’s automotive blog. Vasovski hasn’t decided whether he’ll take the job.
Addressing the possibility that “Project X” would inspire people to throw similar parties, director Nima Nourizadeh told the Hollywood Reporter, “I don’t want to speak whether it is irresponsible or promoting certain things it shouldn’t. . . . It’s an R-rated movie. It all depends on the individual whether you take inspiration from it.”
In early March, screenwriter Michael Bacall told THR, “The criticisms about the movie being amoral because kids are dancing and drinking and having a good time, I think that’s absurd. . . . Because kids have been dancing and drinking and altering their states of consciousness for a very long time, and this is nothing new.”