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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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Dillon Woolley ...
Young James
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Elliot Kriss ...
Cabbie
Janis Dardaris ...
TV Reporter
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Johnny
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Brendan O'Malley ...
Young Michael
Phillip Knasiak ...
Young Wrestler
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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 »


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

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17 October 2003 (UK)  »

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Party szörnyek  »

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$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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In the movie is the version of "Santa Baby" sung by Cynthia Basinet, often credited to Marilyn Monroe. See more »

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Much of the music that plays in the club scenes was not around when the original parties took place. For example, during the party where James St. James is in the "do not feed the drug child" cage (supposedly in the 80s), the music in the background is "Frank Sinatra" by Miss Kittin and the Hacker, a song which wasn't released until 2000. It is probable that the filmmakers knew about this, but used the songs anyway, due to their "retro" feel. See more »

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James: Oh darling, half the fun of eating meat is hacking it up!
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References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
Written by Pete Burns (as Peter Jozzepi Burns), Steve Coy (as Stephen Coy),
Tim Lever (as Timothy John Lever) and Mike Percy (as Michael David Percy)
Performed by Dead or Alive
Courtesy of Epic Records by arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A well informed movie about drug abuse.
9 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

I often wondered why U.S. American movies involving young people who are into drugs are either pathetic (f.e. Drugstore Cowboy) or even downright ridiculous in their conservative portrayal of the dangers of drug use (f.e. Traffic, The Movie). Party Monster is very different. It's easy to see that the people who made this movie really informed themselves about what they tried to show. By doing this they achieved one of the best movies about adolescence i've seen in a long time. It's has a very sad and tender tone and though some scenes seem a little bit too stagy, the performances of the two leading actors are pure magic. It's pure joy just to watch them and as you got to see a lot of them there is plenty of fun. Nevertheless the movie leaves you with a very intense and ambivalent feeling towards it's characters who were indeed something very special. I even dreamed about this picture after seeing it! Thanks for the strange dream!


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