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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
Peter Gatien
Elliot Kriss ...
TV Reporter
Brendan O'Malley ...
Young Michael
Phillip Knasiak ...
Young Wrestler
John Henry Summerour ...
Rodney (as John Summerour)
Talk Show Host
Stage Hand / The Rat
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Angel Anes ...
Candy Cane (uncredited)
Brian Bergdoll ...
Clara The Chicken (uncredited)
Bitchy Waiter (uncredited)
Karl (uncredited)
Self (uncredited)
Party Kid (uncredited)
Walt Paper ...
Self (uncredited)
Self (uncredited)
Sacred Schneidmiller ...
Self (uncredited)
Male Geisha (uncredited)
Club Kid (uncredited)

Directed by

Fenton Bailey
Randy Barbato

Written by

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
Brad Simpson ... producer (as Bradford Simpson)
Thairin Smothers ... associate producer
Sofia Sondervan ... executive producer
Derrick Tseng ... line producer
Christine Vachon ... producer
John Wells ... executive producer
Michael J. Werner ... executive producer

Music by

Jimmy Harry

Cinematography by

Teodoro Maniaci

Film Editing by

Jeremy Simmons

Editorial Department

Shawn Booth ... post-production intern
Kashina Kessler ... assistant editor
Michael Zeininger ... post-production assistant

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
Derek Becker ... special makeup effects artist
Robin Day ... key hair stylist
Davion Edwards ... hair design assistant
Jason Hayes ... hair and wig designer / hair department head
Kabuki ... key makeup artist
Jill Karol ... assistant makeup artist (as Jill Astmann)
Cassandra Keating ... key makeup artist
Leza Ann Rawlins ... Additional 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
Roxy Toporowych ... set dresser
John Vogler ... art department assistant

Sound Department

Antonio L. Arroyo ... sound mixer
Lance Brown ... 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 ... re-recording mixer
William Martel Jr. ... production sound mixer
Dennis Twitty ... sound assistant
Aaron Wilcox ... facilities management / re-recording projectionist


Chris Barnes ... stunt rigger
Manny Siverio ... stunt coordinator

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 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
Lisa Padovani ... assistant costume designer
Kate Quinlan ... wardrobe supervisor
Gerrold Vincent ... additional costumer
Jan Finnell ... costume research assistant (uncredited)

Location Management

Sara Bartkiewicz ... location intern
Kat Donahue ... location assistant

Music Department

Bill Coleman ... music supervisor
Kevin Haskins ... composer: source cue
Howard Paar ... music supervisor
Angelos Skordos ... associate music coordinator
Ronald J. Webb ... music editor (as Ron Webb)

Script and Continuity Department

Sherry Gunderman ... script supervisor: Los Angeles
Anthony Pettine ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

Jonathan Blitstein ... office intern
Damien Breen ... researcher
Pauline Burt ... risk manager
Charlie Dibe ... assistant to producer
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
Erin Heidenreich ... sales agent
John Kalning ... art assistant
Brendan MacDevette ... production assistant
Jeff Murry ... assistant production coordinator
Adam Seth Nelson ... Marketing & Public Relations
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)


Laura De Casto ... thanks
Chris McKim ... thanks

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Plot Summary

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 press thought it was a publicity stunt--until Angel's body washed ashore. Written by Sujit R. Varma

Plot Keywords
Taglines good. evil. fun. See more »
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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Клубная мания (Russia)
  • Party szörnyek (Hungary)
  • Petrecăreţul (Romania)
  • パーティ・モンスター (Japan, Japanese title)
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  • 98 min
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Box Office

Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $68,719, 12 Sep 2003

Did You Know?

Trivia Much of the drug use in the movie was toned down from Michael Alig and James St. James's actual habits for fear it would seem unbelievable. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Party Monster/Party Monster and Murderer (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Take Me to the Club See more »
Quotes James: Now it's all about photo placement. So if you're in a group of three always, always, always make sure that you're the one standing on the right because that way when they print the picture you'll be the one on the left. The caption will read "James St. James and bla bla bla" were seen, okay?
[Michael is taking notes]
James: Okay. Rules of press. Number one, no publicity is bad publicity. Number two, once something is printed it automatically becomes true. So number three, never ever dish anyone in print. Never be seen drinking anything other than champagne and never take heroin. Never wear white after Labor Day and avoid that one like the plague!
[points to photo of Peter Gatien]
Michael Alig: More, more!
James: Okay, okay. The art of working a room. Upon making your grand entrance, take your partner by the hand and circle around the room. Smile and say "hello" to everyone in the room. Even if you don't know them. Especially if you don't know them!
[walks around donut shop]
James: Hi!
Michael Alig: Hello! Hi!
James: Hi! Oh I'm so glad you came.
Michael Alig: I know you!
James: Go once around the room in opposite directions. You go clockwise to my anti-clockwise. Tell all the people how you've lost your friend and how desperate you are to find them. Oh, where could my friend be? Now suddenly we bump into each other and scream with uncontained joy!
[bumps into Michael and screams]
James: Good! Now link arms and around we go once more telling all our new found friends how we've found each other. We found each other!
Michael Alig: We found each other! Don't worry, I've found him!
James: Then leave. The whole thing should take an hour, 90 minutes tops. Do that once a night for three months and you'll be the toast of the town.
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