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Party Monster -- This is the true story of Michael Alig (Culkin), a Club Kid party organizer whose life was sent spiraling down when he bragged on television about killing his drug dealer and roommate (Cruz).

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Writers:
Fenton Bailey (written by)
Randy Barbato (written by)
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Release Date:
17 October 2003 (UK) See more »
Tagline:
good. evil. fun. See more »
Plot:
This is 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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Breathtaking - Green steals the film See more (155 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Seth Green ... James St. James

Macaulay Culkin ... Michael Alig

Diana Scarwid ... Elke

Chloë Sevigny ... Gitsie

Marilyn Manson ... Christina

Dylan McDermott ... Peter Gatien

Mia Kirshner ... Natasha

Wilmer Valderrama ... Keoki

Daniel Franzese ... The Rat / Dallas MC

Natasha Lyonne ... Brooke
Elliot Kriss ... Cabbie

Wilson Cruz ... Angel

Janis Dardaris ... TV Reporter
Dillon Woolley ... Young James

Manny Perez ... Johnny

Justin Hagan ... Freez
Brendan O'Malley ... Young Michael
Phillip Knasiak ... Young Wrestler
John Henry Summerour ... Rodney (as John Summerour)

John Stamos ... Talk Show Host

Michael Kaycheck ... Ben
Steven Marcus ... Bill
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel Anes ... Candy Cane (uncredited)

Joey Gray ... Karl (uncredited)

Amanda Lepore ... Herself (uncredited)
Walt Paper ... Himself (uncredited)

Richie Rich ... Himself (uncredited)
Sacred Schneidmiller ... Himself (uncredited)

James Sheldon ... Male Geisha (uncredited)
Gerrold Vincent ... Club Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Fenton Bailey 
Randy Barbato 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fenton Bailey  written by
Randy Barbato  written by
James St. James  book "Disco Bloodbath"

Produced by
Fenton Bailey .... producer
Randy Barbato .... producer
Wouter Barendrecht .... executive producer
Jon Marcus .... producer
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer
John Schmidt .... executive producer
Bradford Simpson .... producer
Thairin Smothers .... associate producer
Sofia Sondervan .... executive producer
Derrick Tseng .... line producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
John Wells .... executive producer
Michael J. Werner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
James Harry  (as Jimmy Harry)
 
Cinematography by
Teodoro Maniaci 
 
Film Editing by
Jeremy Simmons 
 
Casting by
Susan Shopmaker 
 
Production Design by
Andrea Stanley 
 
Art Direction by
Laura Ballinger 
 
Set Decoration by
Susan Ogu 
 
Costume Design by
Richie Rich  (as Heatherette)
Michael Wilkinson 
 
Makeup Department
Brian Abbott .... makeup artist
Jill Astmann .... assistant makeup artist
Derek Becker .... special makeup effects artist
Robin Day .... key hair stylist
Davion Edwards .... hair design assistant
Jason Hayes .... hair and wig designer
Jason Hayes .... hair department head
Kabuki .... key makeup artist
Cassandra Keating .... key makeup artist
Sacred Schneidmiller .... makeup artist (as Sacred)
Josh Turi .... special makeup effects artist
Gerrold Vincent .... special makeup effects artist
 
Production Management
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor
Sophia Lin .... production manager
Stephanie Meurer .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dan Brillman .... second second assistant director
Alyson Latz .... second assistant director
Michael Lerman .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Will Alovis .... property master: Los Angeles
Sarah Berney .... charge/camera scenic artist
Laurie Chakel .... art production assistant
Brent Godek .... lead man
Brenna Griffin .... set dresser
Andrea Harrell .... art department artist
Michael Jortner .... assistant property master
John Moran .... graphics
Marc Newman .... lead man
John Vogler .... art department assistant
 
Sound Department
Antonio L. Arroyo .... sound mixer
Lance Brown .... sound re-recording mixer
Jed M. Dodge .... dialogue editor
J. Aloysius Flanagan III .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Michael J. Fox .... adr mixer
Frank Gaeta .... supervising sound editor
Robert Getty .... dialogue editor
Phyllis Ginter .... foley artist
Marilyn Graf .... foley mixer
Frederick Howard .... sound effects editor
Derek Marcil .... sound re-recording mixer
William Martel Jr. .... production sound mixer
Dennis Twitty .... sound assistant
Aaron Wilcox .... facilities management
Aaron Wilcox .... re-recording projectionist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Oliver Cary .... assistant camera
James Casey .... grip
Eric Gearity .... key grip
Michael N. Green .... best boy electric
Sam Levy .... camera operator
Scott Miller .... gaffer
Mark Schmidt .... camera operator
Craig Striano .... grip
Chad Strohmayer .... additional electrician
Joshua Van Praag .... electrician
JoJo Whilden .... still photographer
 
Casting Department
Sharon Blythe .... casting assistant
Lois J. Drabkin .... casting assistant
Lori Eastside .... extras casting
Sam Lisenco .... extras casting assistant
Erica Palgon .... casting associate
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sherri Kohl Owles .... additional wardrobe supervisor
Kate Quinlan .... wardrobe supervisor
Gerrold Vincent .... additional costumer
Jan Finnell .... costume research assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Shawn Booth .... post-production intern
Kashina Kessler .... assistant editor
Michael Zeininger .... post-production assistant
 
Music Department
Kevin Haskins .... composer: source cue
Howard Paar .... music supervisor
Angelos Skordos .... associate music coordinator
Ronald J. Webb .... music editor (as Ron Webb)
 
Other crew
Sara Bartkiewicz .... location intern
Jonathan Blitstein .... office intern
Damien Breen .... researcher
Pauline Burt .... risk manager
Charlie Dibe .... assistant to producer
Kat Donahue .... location assistant
Larry Donahue .... caterer
Michael Dudek .... production assistant
Lindsay Feldman .... office production intern
Nicole Flowers .... production accountant: Los Angeles
Jim Galasso .... assistant: Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato
Jacob Gitzis .... product placement
Susan Grennan .... production assistant
Sherry Gunderman .... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
John Kalning .... art assistant
Brendan MacDevette .... production assistant
Jeff Murry .... assistant production coordinator
Anthony Pettine .... script supervisor
Charles Pugliese .... assistant: Christine Vachon
Patrick Russell .... assistant: Sofia Sondervan
Joe Smalley .... key set production assistant
Tess Smalley .... production coordinator (as Teresa Reilly)
Susan J. Spohr .... customer satisfaction
Chris Stiles .... production assistant
Daniel Wagner .... assistant: Christine Vachon
Meghan K. Wicker .... assistant: Killer Films
Shelby Wong .... office production assistant
Jeff Maksym .... pre-production office intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Laura De Casto .... thanks
Chris McKim .... thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for pervasive drug use, language and some violence
Runtime:
98 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
In the movie is the version of "Santa Baby" sung by Cynthia Basinet, often credited to Marilyn Monroe.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Michael Alig is getting out of the hospital bed he is wearing socks. When walking out of his room, he is barefoot.See more »
Quotes:
Michael Alig:Oh please, the best superstar is a dead superstar.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Another Gay Movie (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Two of HeartsSee more »

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27 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Breathtaking - Green steals the film, 8 April 2004
Author: Nina (HippieLizzie) from Staffordshire, England

Living in the UK means you very rarely get to see some amazing films. Having read the book I heard about the film and as you do, immediately ordered it to be shipped over, not expecting to find it anywhere near as good as the book. Boy, was I wrong.

Macaulay Culkin as Alig is annoying and my one pet peeve of the film. He just didn't make Michael real to me. His entire performance seemed to scream "I was a child star, now I'm playing a gay addict! Look at me!". The role was also written for him and I got the impression that because of this he felt he didn't have to act too hard to be brilliant. He never, despite his attempts, gave Alig another level. The accent didn't add anything to the character and by the end I was left wondering why everybody had loved Michael Alig.

Seth Green on the other hand stole the film from right under Culkin's nose. His performance as James St James was one of the best I have ever seen in my life. He transformed himself until you didn't even realise it was the guy from Buffy you were watching. His mannerisms were spot on and really did St James justice. His voice was not as whiny or non descript as Culkin's, it was simply a prop used by him. His character managed to appear human throughout the entire film and his habit of touching his hair at least once a scene was fabulous. Green deserves an award for such an amazingly real, yet flamboyant performance.

The supporting cast were also fantastic and each and every person added to the story. The removal of Mavis from the film did annoy me slightly but after a while you forget she was ever there. The costumes, and behaviour of every single Club Kid in this film were fantastic. You really felt as though you were actually watching this happening. Marilyn Manson as Alig's first Superstar Christina was perfect, adding to a character not mentioned a lot in the book.

All in all an absolutely fabulous film that deserves far far more credit than was given to it. Seth Green really held the film together, showing rare glimpses of humanity amongst all the glitter. Green was perfectly cast and deserves at least some recognition for a fantastic performance. The only downside was Macaulay Culkin, who simply did not shine. He stood back and let the supporting cast, and especially Green turn this into their movie, not his.

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