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Encyclopedia > Party Monster (2003 film)
Party Monster

DVD cover
Directed by Fenton Bailey
Randy Barbato
Produced by Jon Marcus
Bradford Wilson
Christine Vachon
Written by Fenton Bailey
Randy Barbato
Starring Seth Green
Macaulay Culkin
Diana Scarwid
Chloë Sevigny
Marilyn Manson
Music by James Harry
Cinematography Teodoro Maniaci
Editing by Jeremy Simmons
Distributed by Strand Releasing
Release date(s) September 5, 2003
Running time 98 min.
Country
Language English
IMDb profile

Party Monster (2003) is a drama/dark comedy that details the rise and fall of infamous homosexual[1][2]New York party promoter Michael Alig. The movie stars former child star Macaulay Culkin as the drug addled "King of the Club Kids". Also in the film are Seth Green as the flamboyant and slightly smarter James St. James, Dylan McDermott as Alig's boss/father figure Peter Gatien, Chloë Sevigny as Alig's girlfriend/fag hag Gitsie, Wilmer Valderrama as his onetime boyfriend DJ Keoki, Wilson Cruz as drug dealer/Club Kid wannabe Angel Melendez, and Marilyn Manson as Christina, a transsexual member of Alig's entourage. A number of real life club kids appeared as extras, including fashion designer Richie Rich and David LaChapelle's transsexual muse Amanda Lepore. Image File history File links Party_Monster. ... Christine Vachon (b. ... Seth Green (born on February 8, 1974, Overbrook Park, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and television producer known for his acting roles as Doctor Evils son Scott in the Austin Powers series of comedy films and Daniel Oz Osbourne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Macaulay Carson Culkin (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. ... Diana Scarwid (born August 27, 1955 in Savannah, Georgia) is an American film and television actress. ... Chloë Stevens Sevigny (born November 18, 1974) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American actress. ... Marilyn Manson (born Brian Hugh Warner ) is the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson. ... Teodoro Maniaci is an award-winning American cinematographer and documentary director, with dozens of motion pictures and television shows to his credit. ... Strand Releasing, founded in 1989, specializes in releasing artistic films, often with a focus on the LGBT community. ... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ... A drama film is a film that depends mostly on in-depth character development, interaction, and highly emotional themes. ... This article is about a tone of comedy. ... This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see Party (disambiguation). ... Michael Alig (born South Bend, Indiana, April 29, 1966) was the homosexual[1][2] founding member of the notorious Club Kids, a group of young clubgoers led by Alig in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Macaulay Carson Culkin (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. ... The Club Kids were a group of young clubgoers led by Michael Alig and James St. ... Seth Green (born on February 8, 1974, Overbrook Park, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and television producer known for his acting roles as Doctor Evils son Scott in the Austin Powers series of comedy films and Daniel Oz Osbourne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... James St. ... Dylan McDermott (born Mark Anthony McDermott[1] on 26 October 1961) is an American actor, known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the former TV legal drama The Practice. ... Peter Gatien (born Canada) was the owner of several of New York nightclubs, including the The Limelight, Palladium, Club USA, and Tunnel (New York nightclub). ... Chloë Stevens Sevigny (born November 18, 1974) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American actress. ... Fag hag is a slang term for a woman who associates mostly or exclusively with gay men. ... Wilmer Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is a Venezuelan-American comic actor best known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That 70s Show and as the host of the MTV series Yo Momma. ... DJ Keoki (born October 22, 1966, Keoki Franconi) is a trance musician who was born in El Salvador (many say he was born in Panama), and raised in Maui. ... Wilson Cruz (born December 27, 1973, in Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an openly gay Puerto Rican-American actor. ... Andre Melendez (c. ... Marilyn Manson (born Brian Hugh Warner ) is the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson. ... A transsexual (sometimes transexual) person establishes a permanent identity with the opposite gender to their assigned (usually at birth) sex. ... Richie Rich (right) with Traver Rains at the Life Ball 2007 Richie Rich (born in California, USA) is a recording artist and fashion designer. ... Cover of David LaChapelle book, David LaChapelle (born March 11, 1969[1] Fairfield, Connecticut, United States) is a photographer and director who works in the fields of fashion, advertising, and fine art photography, and is noted for his surreal, unique and often humorous style. ... Stephen Benincasa / Photographed by David LaChapelle Stephen Benincasa, date of birth 10/31/89) is an American transsexual icon who has received attention for her modeling, fashion, partying, and business skills. ...


The film is based on St. James' novel Disco Bloodbath, and details his friendship with Alig, which fell apart as Alig's drug addiction worsened, and ended after he murdered Melendez and went to prison. A 1998 documentary on the murder, also called Party Monster, was used for certain elements of the film. Disco Bloodbath Disco Bloodbath: A Fabulous but True Tale of Murder in Clubland is a 1999 memoir written by James St. ... Drug addiction, or dependency is the compulsive use of drugs, to the point where the user has no effective choice but to continue use. ... Party Monster is a 1998 documentary film detailing the rise of the club kid phenomenon in New York City, the life of club kid and party promoter Michael Alig and Aligs murder (with Robert Freeze Riggs) of fellow club kid and drug dealer Angel Melendez. ...


Party Monster made its world premiere at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival on January 15, 2003. Months later, it was put on limited release to different art-house theaters in major US cities. The Sundance Film Festival is a film festival in the United States, and ranks alongside the Cannes, France, Venice, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and Toronto, Canada festivals as one of the most prestigious in the world. ... is the 15th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2003 in film involved some significant events. ...

Contents

Plot

Party Monster begins with Michael Alig (Macaulay Culkin) as a small-town outcast who before moving to New York lived with his mom, brother and step-father, learns the New York party scene from St. James (Seth Green) and Gatien (Dylan McDermott), and soon becomes the hottest party promoter in New York. However, after Michael descends into the world of drug abuse, his life starts to spiral out of control, eventually culminating in his involvement in the murder of Angel Melendez. Macaulay Carson Culkin (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. ... Seth Green (born on February 8, 1974, Overbrook Park, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and television producer known for his acting roles as Doctor Evils son Scott in the Austin Powers series of comedy films and Daniel Oz Osbourne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... Dylan McDermott (born Mark Anthony McDermott[1] on 26 October 1961) is an American actor, known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the former TV legal drama The Practice. ... Andre Melendez (c. ...


Cast

Seth Green (born on February 8, 1974, Overbrook Park, Pennsylvania) is an American actor and television producer known for his acting roles as Doctor Evils son Scott in the Austin Powers series of comedy films and Daniel Oz Osbourne in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ... James St. ... Macaulay Carson Culkin (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. ... Michael Alig (born South Bend, Indiana, April 29, 1966) was the homosexual[1][2] founding member of the notorious Club Kids, a group of young clubgoers led by Alig in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ... Diana Scarwid (born August 27, 1955 in Savannah, Georgia) is an American film and television actress. ... Chloë Stevens Sevigny (born November 18, 1974) is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated American actress. ... Marilyn Manson (born Brian Hugh Warner ) is the lead singer of the band Marilyn Manson. ... Dylan McDermott (born Mark Anthony McDermott[1] on 26 October 1961) is an American actor, known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the former TV legal drama The Practice. ... Peter Gatien (born Canada) was the owner of several of New York nightclubs, including the The Limelight, Palladium, Club USA, and Tunnel (New York nightclub). ... Mia Kirshner (born January 25, 1975) is a Canadian actress who works in movies and television series. ... Wilmer Valderrama (born January 30, 1980) is a Venezuelan-American comic actor best known for the role of Fez in the sitcom That 70s Show and as the host of the MTV series Yo Momma. ... Daniel Franzese is an American actor born on May 9, 1978 in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Franzese attended Piper High School in Sunrise, Florida from 1992–1996. ... Natasha Lyonne (born April 4, 1979) is an American actress, perhaps best known for her role as Jessica in the American Pie movie and its sequel. ...

Reaction

The film was greeted to decent, if at times mixed, reviews. Culkin's performance in the film received mixed reviews, while Seth Green's received much praise. Due to its limited release, Party Monster wasn't a major hit.


However, the film has gained a massive cult following, and many clubs in major American cities have hosted Party Monster theme parties. The film has also become a favorite among the rave culture. This article does not discuss cultist groups, personality cults, or cult in its original sense of religious practice. See cult (disambiguation) for more meanings of the term cult. A cult following is a group of fans devoted to a specific area of pop culture. ... For other uses, see Rave (disambiguation). ...


Trivia

  • The exterior views of Michael Alig's apartment building were actual shots of where the real Michael Alig formerly lived.
  • Around 1,000 costumes were used - a major achievement for a film with such a small budget. Many costumes were originals culled from the Club Kids themselves, which contribute to the authentic feel of the overall design and look of the film.
  • Marilyn Manson showed up for filming with his own prosthetic breasts, buttocks and blonde wig.
  • This is the first non-documentary feature film for production company Killer Films that was shot entirely on a digital video format.
  • According to the Featurette and Actor Interviews on the DVD, Macaulay Culkin bought Marilyn Manson his first cigarette for his role as Christina.
  • Some of the real club kids, like Amanda Lepore and Richie Rich were in the talk show and emergency room party scenes.
  • Macaulay Culkin visited the real Michael Alig in prison to prepare for his role.
  • Much of the drug use in the movie was toned down from Michael Alig and James St. James' actual habits for fear it would seem unbelievable.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... This article is about the person. ... Macaulay Carson Culkin (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. ... This article is about the person. ... Stephen Benincasa / Photographed by David LaChapelle Stephen Benincasa, date of birth 10/31/89) is an American transsexual icon who has received attention for her modeling, fashion, partying, and business skills. ... Macaulay Carson Culkin (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor. ... Michael Alig (born South Bend, Indiana, April 29, 1966) was the homosexual[1][2] founding member of the notorious Club Kids, a group of young clubgoers led by Alig in the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...

Goofs

  • When Michael puts the money in the newspaper box to get a copy of the "Andy Warhol Is Dead" issue, he opens the box before the money drops in the coin slot.
  • During the scene in Texas ("Money, Success, Fame, Glamour"), Freeze is wearing black, leather, zippered underpants in some shots but not in others.

References

  1. ^ "Michael Alig -41- NY", Myspace, 2007-11-17. Retrieved on 2007-11-17. 
  2. ^ "Dragging Down the House", Popmatters, 2003-09-13. Retrieved on 2007-11-17. 

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