Party Monster

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Overview

After profiling Monica Lewinsky, Billy Haynes, and Tammy Faye Bakker, documentarians Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato make their feature debut with this true-life tale of the rapid climb and lurid demise of a flamboyant young club promoter in late-'80s/early-'90s Manhattan. Based on James St. James' nonfiction account Disco Bloodbath as well as on the writer/directors' own 1998 documentary, Party Monster features former child star Macaulay Culkin as Michael Alig, a Midwestern teen determined to forget his past ...
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Overview

After profiling Monica Lewinsky, Billy Haynes, and Tammy Faye Bakker, documentarians Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato make their feature debut with this true-life tale of the rapid climb and lurid demise of a flamboyant young club promoter in late-'80s/early-'90s Manhattan. Based on James St. James' nonfiction account Disco Bloodbath as well as on the writer/directors' own 1998 documentary, Party Monster features former child star Macaulay Culkin as Michael Alig, a Midwestern teen determined to forget his past amidst the bright lights and throbbing house music of New York City's nightlife. Introduced to the club scene by St. James Seth Green, Alig quickly becomes an event promoter himself, dreaming up bizarrely themed dance parties in such unlikely venues as fast-food restaurants and subway cars. But this archetypical "club kid" orchestrates his own downfall when, stoned on designer drugs, he and accomplice Freez Justin Hagan brutally murder their small-time dealer friend Angel Menendez Wilson Cruz. Party Monster had its world premiere in the Dramatic Competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Too arch and nostalgic to condemn the excess-ridden era it recreates, yet too much the product of a 12-step recovery to skip the after-school piety completely, this mostly enjoyable faux-documentary fable displays the same strengths and weaknesses as the book on which it's based. In other words, Disco Bloodbath author James St. James is no better at wresting meaning from his gaudy heyday than any other memoirist. Portrayed brilliantly here by Seth Green as a ketamine-snorting Oscar Wilde in various states of drag and self-delusion, St. James guides the audience through a tour of Manhattan's rave-era nightlife, a period of relentless techno thump, endless pills, and outrageous stunts. Macaulay Culkin is less surefooted in the admittedly less interesting role of Michael Alig, a rave-era Eve Harrington who unwittingly orchestrates the cultural shift from celebrity-as-nightclubber to nightclubber-as-celebrity. Culkin never sounds as convincing mouthing the clever, outré aphorisms that Green intones so airily. Nevertheless, the pair breeze their way through Party Monster's first hour on the strength of the script's co-dependent banter and its giddy depictions of clubland grotesquerie. Given a national platform by nominally outraged talk show hosts, Alig metamorphoses into a fame-hungry pied piper who inspires a generation of small-town kids to move to New York armed with nothing but an appetite for drugs and a flair for self-promotion. Eventually, though, he turns to murder when his dealer has the nerve to expect payment for the mountains of cocaine Alig ingests. The constant stream of cameos -- from Dylan McDermott as Limelight owner Peter Gatien to Natasha Lyonne as a club-kid convert -- and the filmmakers' non-linear approach keep things interesting well into the retribution reel. In the end, though, Party Monster exhausts the audience's patience by indulging in the fruitless quest for perspective on events that took place less than a decade ago. A closer look at the absurd facts of the case (the police were too busy trying to bust Gatien for alleged drug trafficking to arrest Alig, who had confessed to the murder on television) might have served the material better than boring 20/20 hindsight.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2007
  • UPC: 687797315991
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Millennium
  • Language: English
  • Time: 00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,216

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Macaulay Culkin Michael Alig
Seth Green James St. James
Chloë Sevigny Gitsie
Natasha Lyonne Brooke
Justin Hagan Freez
Wilson Cruz Angel
Wilmer Valderrama Keoki
Dylan McDermott Peter Gatien
Marilyn Manson Christina
Diana Scarwid Michael's Mom
Daniel Franzese
Lucy Liu Alessandra
Manny Perez Johnny
Technical Credits
Fenton Bailey Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Randy Barbato Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Wouter Barendrecht Executive Producer
Frank Gaeta Sound/Sound Designer
Laura Ballinger-Gardner Art Director
Jimmy Harry Score Composer
Alyson Latz Asst. Director
Michael Lerman Asst. Director
Teodoro Maniaci Cinematographer
Jon Marcus Producer
Susan Ogu Set Decoration/Design
Howard Paar Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward R. Pressman Executive Producer
John Schmidt Executive Producer
Susan Shopmaker Casting
Jeremy Simmons Editor
Bradford Simpson Producer
Sofia Sondervan Executive Producer
Andrea Stanley Production Designer
Christine Vachon Producer
John Wells Executive Producer
Michael J. Werner Executive Producer
Michael Wilkinson Costumes/Costume Designer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A must watch!

    This movie is one that I have watched many times and always enjoy. Great story, great music = great movie. Macaulay Culkin and Seth Green were both amazing in this movie!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good movie!

    even if youre not into drug/party movies, you still have to love this story.its powerful, not to mention true. also a plus, marilyn manson is in this movie! he plays the dancing drag queen. i love it...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An Amazingly Horrifying True Tale

    After watching this moving I wondered WOW! It would be awsome to meet a club kid. I am only 17 and never knew about club kids untill James st. James wrote the book and the movie was made. The movie holds your attension and makes you stare honesty right in the face. After realizing wow how much of this is what happened it made me want to read the book. I am only in the begining but it is amazing to understand really what James St. James was thinking about. I have never done any drugs and they was he describes it is like this amazing sensation you wont easily forget. Although the movie doesn't portray there sexuality correctly. WIth a little thinking you can push it all together. I wouldn't usually care about these kind of movies but the grab you hold you tight and prepare you for a very steep and riviting ride thru perfection, drug, alcohol, sex, partying, and death. A++++ to James St. James, the producers, writers, Michael Alig(in a harmful way. Without him it wouldn't have happened.), and all the club kids that were portrayed in the movie and helped in the making of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Culkin's best role yet

    This movie based on the book, Disco Bloodbath is truly one of the greatest independant films ever. I first heard about Michael Alig's story through an A&E documentary. The story interested me so much that I had to read the book. Then I saw the movie. Culkin's portrayal is phenomenal to say the least. Incedentally the real Alig grew up very close to where I live. This really showed me that you don't have to be from a big city to be involved with such a tragic event. I highly suggest Party Monster.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    This movie is one of the best ive ever seen. As hanging around the manhatten club seen myself it could'nt haave been prtrayed better. Mac and seth are amazing in this movie and watching this just brings back so many memories. I hope this movie teachs people about the horrors of drug addiction

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