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

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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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Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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The "Club Kids" were a real group of people in the 1980s, young people (usually twenty five was considered too old) who would go to clubs and make themselves into celebrities with bizarre antics and self-styled images. The Club Kids made their entire livings based on the fact that they were Club Kids - party organizers, club owners, and talk show hosts paid them obscene amounts of money simply to show up and party. See more »

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Michael Alig was arrested while in the company of his male lover, not his female lover. Gitsie was a secretary, not a girlfriend. Alig has never been romantically interested in any woman. See more »

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Peter Gatien: I know you don't like them, but the place is packed almost every single night. The kid is doing something right.
Natasha: And that's gonna do us a lot of good when the feds shut us down.
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Referenced in Smiley (2012) See more »

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Oochy Koochy
Written by Peter Adshead
Performed by Baby Ford
Courtesy of Baby Ford
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Want to take a strange trip?
21 March 2005 | by Mr_VaiSee all my reviews

The old saying is "truth is stranger than fiction," and you know what, it's true. In "Party Monster" we are taken on a very trippy and true little journey that allows us to see first-hand, the crazy club life of New York City in the 1980s. In particular, we get an up-close and personal biography of the "club kids." The "club kids" were a group of young party monsters that were actually paid by club owners to show up at their clubs. Mind you, these kids did not do any kind of performing at all, they simply showed up. However, when you see their outrageous costumes and attire, you see why people had their eye out for them. These kids were bizarre and odd and stoned and well, weird. Livng lives that were so out of balance, tragedy was inevitable. Green and Culkin portray the two most prominent members of this group and they are both good. However, it is Culkin that really steals the movie, breaking away from his stereotypical characters of the past and playing somebody that very few actors would be brave enough to take on. The reason I gave this movie 10 stars, is the look and sound. This movie is like watching an acid flashback from the 1980s. I mean, you are there, in the room with them as they strut in and snort up. The music is 1980s, the attitude is 1980s, it is hard to describe. Much of the film is dream-like. Moreover, Culkin is mesmerizing as a character too odd for words. No, the story and acting are not Oscar-worthy, but the look of the film, the feel of the film, wow! I predict that this film will become more popular as the years go by. It has the qualities of all those great midnight movies of the 1980s. I really recommend it for people craving something different and historical (in a weird sense).


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