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Party Monster (2003)

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Based on the true story of Michael Alig, a Club Kid party organizer whose life was sent spiraling down when he bragged on television about killing his drug dealer and roommate.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Seth Green ... James
Macaulay Culkin ... Michael
Diana Scarwid ... Elke
Dillon Woolley Dillon Woolley ... Young James
Marilyn Manson ... Christina
Dylan McDermott ... Peter Gatien
Mia Kirshner ... Natasha
Wilmer Valderrama ... Keoki
Elliot Kriss Elliot Kriss ... Cabbie
Janis Dardaris Janis Dardaris ... TV Reporter
Wilson Cruz ... Angel
Manny Perez ... Johnny
Justin Hagan ... Freez
Brendan O'Malley Brendan O'Malley ... Young Michael
Phillip Knasiak Phillip Knasiak ... Young Wrestler
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Storyline

Set in the New York club scene of the late 1980's thru the 1990's, a tale which is based on the rise and fall of club-kid promoter Michael Alig, a party organizer, whose extravagant life was sent spiralling downward when he boasted on television that he had killed his friend, roommate, and drug dealer, Angel Melendez. Originally from Indiana, Alig moved to New York, and came to be an underground legend, known for his excessive drug use and outrageous behavior in the club world. At his peak, he had his own record label, and magazine, and hosted Disco 2000, one of the biggest club nights in New York in the '90s. He was doing a lot of drugs, and as his addiction got worse, his party themes became darker and more twisted. Alig's saga reached its tragic crescendo when he viciously murdered his drug dealer, Angel, by injecting him with Drano and throwing him in the East River. The power he wielded on the club scene made him feel untouchable, so he didn't hesitate to boast of the murder. The... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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'Til death do they party... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for pervasive drug use, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Netherlands

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 2003 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Party szörnyek See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$161,190, 7 September 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$728,253, 28 December 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Macaulay Culkin's first film in 9 years. See more »

Goofs

When Michael Alig puts the money in the newspaper box to get a copy of the "Andy Warhol is Dead" issue, he opens the box before the money drops in the coin slot. See more »

Quotes

[after James' phone conversion with Michael, who is in prison]
Interviewer: I can't believe you still talk to him.
James: Well, when was the last time you heard of a pea changing its pod?
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Kiss Me
Written by Stephen Duffy
Performed by Stephen Duffy (as Tin Tin Duffy)
Courtesy of EMI Records
Under license from EMI Film and TV Music
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Not as good as you'd want it to be
22 April 2010 | by EnjoyablePresenceSee all my reviews

The material here (covered in a similarly named documentary) is fascinating. The 90s New York club kid scene was a distinctive period with many crazy sights and scenes. Unfortunately, this film is poorly made on just about every level.

Most of the acting is not just bad, but some of the worst you'll ever see in a mainstream film. This is exacerbated by poor directing. The dramatic scenes don't feel dramatic (I yawned as one character nearly died). The costumes are very good, about on par with the actual club kids. So the film looks good at least.

Another issue: they changed so much for this movie from the actual story! If you research the actual murder and such after watching this you'll just be confused as to why they made all those arbitrary changes. I certainly wasn't to make a great film. Many people like this film, but I suspect deep down they want to live in the 90s club kid scene, and aren't objectively judging the film for its merits.


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