Michael Raven Set to Begin Production on 18!
November 21, 2002 (Chatsworth, CA) – Multiple award-winner Michael Raven is
set to make his Metro directorial debut on November 30, 2002 with the
production of 18, starring Cherry Rain, Keilani, Anna Belle, Steven St.
Croix and more.
“It’s a retelling of Lolita,” says Raven. “It’s about a young girl named
Lainey who turns 18, meanwhile, a manipulative, wealthy man moves in next
door. Her mother – played by Nina Hartley in a non-sex role – wants to get
her claws into him, and she does… but the only reason why is because she
has a cute daughter.
“The whole story is told from the prospective of the professor as he’s
writing a book… we never know about this book that he’s writing until the
end. He’s completely and totally obsessed with her – he wants this object of
youth and beauty. That’s primarily what the movie is about – that it’s
natural for both men and women to be attracted to youth and beauty.”
In addition to those already named, 18 will also feature a number of new and
never-before-seen performers. Though Raven is known for elaborate
productions, he’s keeping things simple with 18, drawing the viewer’s
attention to the intricate and intriguing story, as well as some
“There’ll be no special effects or anything of that nature in this movie,
because we’re focusing on Lainey’s sexual awakening,” Raven notes. “When
you’re focused on special effects, you miss things. We’re focusing on having
lots of heat. Cherry Rain is a good performer who injects a natural
enthusiasm into her scenes. She’s very playful… she is Lolita, without
even realizing it, I think.”
Raven, who is also the author of the 40-page script, feels that the movie
will appeal to viewers on several different levels considering it mixes two
of adult’s more popular categories – features and young girls.
“There’s a lot of detail to the story, a lot of development, and it mixes
two genres that are particularly popular right now. I think that the wives
and the girlfriends who watch it will enjoy it because it’s not like Barley
Legal… it’s so much more than that.”