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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 »
NewsDesk:
(51 articles)
'Party Monster' Michael Alig to Be Released From Jail
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 16 April 2014, 4:44 PM, PDT)

The top 25 underrated films of 2003
 (From Den of Geek. 18 December 2013, 5:29 AM, PST)

Macaulay Culkin: a life in music
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 10 December 2013, 9:47 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
So bad, it's good - a guilty pleasure, if not quite as hedonistic as the lives of the club kids themselves See more (155 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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
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
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 .... researcher
Sam Lisenco .... pre-production coordinator
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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Trivia:
Macaulay Culkin was mentioned in the "Disco Bloodbath" book.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
Quotes:
Michael Alig:[to Peter Gatien] I love the eyepatch by the way. Very... Pirates of the Caribbean... *arg*
Natasha:He lost it.
Michael Alig:Whatever
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Movie Connections:
References It's a Wonderful Life (1946)See more »
Soundtrack:
Oochy KoochySee more »

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23 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
So bad, it's good - a guilty pleasure, if not quite as hedonistic as the lives of the club kids themselves, 2 January 2005
Author: Colette Corr from Melbourne, Australia

Party Monster is based on the true story of 80s club kid and promoter, Michael Alig, infamous for his bizarre New York parties and, later, for the brutal murder of a drug dealer.

It's adapted from Alig's friend James St James' book Disco Bloodbath by filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, whose earlier documentary about Alig actually inspired St James to write the book. After a nine-year absence, Macauley Culkin returns to film as cherubic bisexual Alig, who persuades James St James (a camp Seth Green) to teach him the art of infamy.

Famous for doing nothing long before reality TV, Alig becomes a manufacturer of celebrity and a promoter, serving up some wild parties, including a Halloween bloodbath, truck rave and kinky hospital party. The costumes, by Richie Rich and Michael Wilkinson, are spectacular and capture the excesses of the era. These kids affix fake spiders and cobwebs to their faces, wrap themselves in blood-soaked bandages,wear full body costumes and never look less than fabulous.

Considering the low budget and appalling production values, the high profile supporting cast is a surprise. Dylan McDermot plays Galien, club owner and Alig's mentor, with Mia Kirshner as his wife, Chloe Sevigny as Alig's girlfriend, plus Natasha Lyonne, Marilyn Manson and John Stamos. Wilson Cruz is enigmatic as wannabe and drug dealer Angel, and Wilmer Valderra is suitably objectified as Alig's beloved beefcake, DJ Keoki.

Party Monster suffers from uneven performances and poor direction but despite this, it's fascinating. It captures the disposability of party drug culture convincingly and will most likely become a cult classic. ***/***** stars.

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