Moviegoers in the mood for some strikingly different yet undeniably "adults only" pieces of entertainment might want to keep two upcoming titles on their radar: Project X, a faux documentary flick produced by Todd Phillips (The Hangover) and The Raven, a Gothic period thriller directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin).
Today we have a new red band TV trailer for Project X which teases the film's no-holds-barred mix of teen sex jokes and drug-fueled debauchery, along with an all-audiences-approved TV spot for The Raven which only hints at the gory violence and disturbingly gruesome acts committed by the movie's mysterious villain.
Project X revolves around Thomas (Thomas Mann), Costa (Oliver Cooper) and JB (Jonathan Daniel Brown), a trio of high school seniors who throw a birthday party as an excuse to hold the most unhinged gathering of teens in the history of... well, ever. The series of outrageous events that follow are presented through a compilation of clips and recordings cobbled together from various sources (ie. the found-footage format).
Check out the red band TV trailer for Project X - and remember it's definitely NSFW, so don't play it within earshot (or eyeshot) of your boss:
Drug-fueled crowds of rowdy teens, an enraged small person crotch-punching everyone in sight, dogs humping unconscious people, and topless young women galore? Project X is certainly going to earn its R Rating, though the film so far comes off as more just "outrageous" and not necessarily all that funny.
Project X features untested talent behind the camera (in the form of director Nima Nourizadeh) but was co-penned by Michael Bacall: a co-writer on Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the main writer responsible for the upcoming (and surprisingly decent looking) 21 Jump Street movie. Whether or not those guys have managed to churn out a solid comedic twist on the found-footage genre remains to be seen.
John Cusack headlines The Raven as Edgar Allan Poe, the revered murder-mystery novelist and poet who finds that his work has become the inspiration for a deranged killer. Detective Emmet Fields (Luke Evans) recruits Poe to help him track down and stop the murder; a task the latter becomes all the more obsessed with, after his deadly foe threatens the life of the author's sweetheart, Emily (Alice Eve).
Have a look at the new TV spot for The Raven below:
The Raven looks stylishly grisly and as viscerally engaging as McTeigue's previous solo directing efforts, but he's very much a style-over-substance filmmaker whose works tend to fly high or fail depending on the quality of the script. As it were, The Raven's screenplay was co-penned by relative newcomer Ben Livingston and Hannah Shakespeare: a story editor on the short-lived Bionic Woman TV show reboot and a writer for the even-shorter-lived The Playboy Club TV series (both those shows were critical duds to boot).
That collective writing resume isn't exactly a confidence booster, as far as The Raven's prospects of boasting a sharp and cleverly twisty mystery narrative goes. Still, here's hoping for the best...
Project X hits theaters around the U.S. on March 2nd, 2012.
The Raven arrives in U.S. theaters on April 27th, 2012.