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Plot: 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… Runtime: 98 min Release Date: 17 Oct 2003
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 <more>
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 .
i saw this at the gay film festival in san francisco, and I loved it. Not only did seth green nail james st.james, but macaulay was amazing as michael. The presence of chloe sevigny and marilyn manson were also nice surprises. It is a gruesome tale, but it is full of clever touches, and it is fascinating to watch an ego go crazily out of control something i have seen happen to other monsters who have access to comp drink tickets . The appeal of Alig's freedom to mess up is exhilarating. i loved all the stuff with the club kids too. The audience at the film festival seemed to really dig <more>
it, but it was a room full of gay people with somewhat advanced cinematic tastes.
This movie so wonderful! When I first saw it, I thought it was going to be a lame, B, flop, but I was amazed. While Macauley Culkin and Seth Green are not the most revered or famous of actors, that doesn't deplete their acting skills or ability to step into the skins of their characters. Everyone is believable, and there is real emotion to be seen.Its nearly shocking to see the lives of fabulous druggie Club Kids Michael Alig and James St. James. Overdoses, love, hate, transvestites and parties: some people have everything! This movie is hilarious, devastating, and superb. This is <more>
A famous quote by Pauline Kael about Greta Garbo was that "she was the complete reason to see a film". Well, let me tell ya, I will agree, astonishing even myself, that Maculay Culkin fits this description about PARTY MONSTER. Off screen for 9 years and making two excellent eye-popping returns the sly wry and hilarious SAVED is the other 23 year old Culkin is nothing more than front and center startling and compelling in this very clever club culture expose of the very real and very cruel pill bunny Michael Alig. Released clumsily on one print in Australia and off screen in 2 <more>
weeks, this film deserved smart marketing and even a reissue before DVD dumping because it has a potentially huge audience and major industry credit as a very difficult genre to re create successfully. I think PARTY MONSTER is a complete success in its serious efforts to capture the dance party scene of the 90s and the glittering bowel of its dark side. The performance by Seth Green is equally disturbingly funny, complete with effete rantings and flummoxed quips that leave the viewer smiling in admiration at his genuine talent. The look of PARTY MONSTER is almost as if Larry Cark re made "Studio 54" and got Bob Mackie to create the costumes. The art direction and costume design is especially perfect and adds hilariously to what is, I believe one of the most clever and nasty black comedies to emerge from the USA this century. Marilyn Manson as gigantic dopey drag queen Christina geddit is especially hilarious and shocking. If you have seen the equally brave and hilariously tragic HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH and also read Roger Ebert's superbly written and accurate review of PARTY MONSTER then you will be well equipped to deliciously slurp up every frame of this - literally - sensational disco bloodbath. To say that the astonishing and entertaining performances of Culkin and Green are fearless is the understatement of the century. 20th or 21st! PARTY MONSTER is a major achievement.
Freak show on film turns out really disturbing and good. (by davidraines01)
"Party Monster" is a strange, yet glaringly real depiction of the insanity of Michael Alig. I had seen a documentary of Alig and the circumstances surrounding the murder he committed. If I had seen "Party Monster" without any context or without having previously seen the real Michael Alig, I'd have thought Macauley Culkin's performance was over the top and far too animated. In truth, Culkin turns out a powerful performance as the cold, calculating and really self-absorbed Alig. He is mean, cocky and even vulnurable. What a performance, and, although it is <more>
disturbing, what a film. I recommend "Party Monster", but beware, and proceed with caution.
party monster was absolutely brilliant..it was an excellent portrayal of the actual events of James St. James and Michal Alig. Seth Green and Macaulay Culkin both played very out-there, difficult roles, and they did wonderfully. not only did it contain almost frighteningly accurate drug scenes, but it was also very clever and funny, i could watch this movie over and over again. not to mention Marilyn Manson cast as Christina superstar, which yeah, wasn't a very big role, but hey, it's Manson, when given an inch, he flies a mile. i think the movie in general was done very artistically, <more>
it was refreshing to see a film that wasn't the typical movie you'd go and see at the cinema, you know? in fact, the style in which it was filmed reminded me of the movie Thirteen...but that's beside the point. all in all, just a great movie, totally loved it. i most definitely recommend it!
When I started to watch this movie I wasn't at all aware what it was about. I just saw that MaCaulay Culkin and Seth Green were in it and thought, "Cool! Maybe this'll be good." A lot of people say this movie was bad, that it was horribly acted, but I think they just couldn't get past Culkin's shortcomings. I don't believe he was a bad actor, I simply believe he got stuck on the idea of how he had to humanize his character, and that was his ultimate downfall in the special features he explained this was something he wanted to bring to the character .Seth Green, <more>
as always, is adorable and can completely immerse himself into a character and really bring him to light. Marilyn Manson played Christina wonderfully, if only for a short time. Wilmer Valderrama was terrific as Keoki and it was a disappointment to see he was only in such a little portion of the film.All in all, this movie was great. It had a great cast and a great script. The movie was meant to poke fun, not to make you think about any hidden meanings or to wonder why they were acting so strange. Club Kids were all about glamour, mocking celebrities, and, in the end, drugs. They didn't want to grow up, and they certainly didn't want to live a normal life.Culkin had his moments where he pulled Alig off well, and in others, you could tell he was trying to stretch the character into places he wasn't meant to go. And if he was, Culkin certainly wasn't the actor to do it.All in all, a "fabulous" film. Highly recommended if you're interested in how some of the 80's really played out.
A well informed movie about drug abuse. (by okami_ito)
I often wondered why U.S. American movies involving young people who are into drugs are either pathetic f.e. Drugstore Cowboy or even downright ridiculous in their conservative portrayal of the dangers of drug use f.e. Traffic, The Movie . Party Monster is very different. It's easy to see that the people who made this movie really informed themselves about what they tried to show. By doing this they achieved one of the best movies about adolescence i've seen in a long time. It's has a very sad and tender tone and though some scenes seem a little bit too stagy, the performances <more>
of the two leading actors are pure magic. It's pure joy just to watch them and as you got to see a lot of them there is plenty of fun. Nevertheless the movie leaves you with a very intense and ambivalent feeling towards it's characters who were indeed something very special. I even dreamed about this picture after seeing it! Thanks for the strange dream!
On the surface, this appears to be a pretty pointless flick. In reality, however, this work is quite well informed concerning drug abuse, and unrestrained sexuality.This is depraved and despairing as it enlightens One to the NY Club Kid phenomenon via the life of one confused, sad, love-starved, drug-crazed little boy. But as it enlightens, it also glamorizes gratuitous and prolific drug use, and wanton demoralized sexuality.I wish I could say the performances herein were "brilliant," however, One needs only look into the criminal past of some of these ex-child actors to see that <more>
the performances were not mere performances, but some overstated statement of self.All in all? This needs to be seen, if only to get the picture of where our society is headed. We ARE the modern Rome, just prior to the collapse. But while the desperation and depravity reigns the screenplay, there is some detached enjoyment to be had, if the viewer can manage it.It rates a 7.8/10 from...the Fiend :.