Anti-meth PSAs Cause A Stir

November 11, 2011 by staff 

Anti-meth PSAs Cause A Stir, Darren Aronofsky’s Requiem for a Dream alone might’ve been enough to scare most folks away from hard drugs for forever, but it came out all the way back in 2000, when today’s teenagers were mere toddlers. So as part of the public service program The Meth Project, which seeks to educate (or at least frighten the bejeezus out of) would-be first-time drug users, Aronofsky stepped in to direct four TV spots highlighting the nightmarish consequences of meth use. BE SCARED, KIDS.

Aronofsky’s new PSAs are fairly simple, sharing a few key elements: He begins in close-up on the faces of his young teen subjects in quiet slo-motion repose, confronting his potential viewer with a face that reflects their own.

Then he pulls back as hell breaks loose, revealing the horrors that meth use can inflict upon the lives of promising, fresh-scrubbed young persons: Ghastly skin lesions, horrific suicide attempts, physical abuse of/by loved ones, emergency room freakouts. This is what the American Skins should’ve been like.

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