Party Monster


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After profiling Monica Lewinsky, Billy Haynes, and Tammy Faye Bakker, documentarians Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato make their feature debut with this true-life tale of the rapid climb and lurid demise of a flamboyant young club promoter in late-'80s/early-'90s Manhattan. Based on James St. James' nonfiction account Disco Bloodbath as well as on the writer/directors' own 1998 documentary, Party Monster features former child star Macaulay Culkin as Michael Alig, a Midwestern teen determined to forget his past amidst the bright lights and throbbing house music of New York City's nightlife. Introduced to the club scene by St. James (Seth Green), Alig quickly becomes an event promoter himself, dreaming up bizarrely themed dance parties in such unlikely venues as fast-food restaurants and subway cars. But this archetypical "club kid" orchestrates his own downfall when, stoned on designer drugs, he and accomplice Freez (Justin Hagan) brutally murder their small-time dealer friend Angel Menendez (Wilson Cruz). Party Monster had its world premiere in the Dramatic Competition at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Michael Hastings, Rovi


Review Text Party Monster revolves around the late-'80s/early-'90s New York club scene. Its soundtrack only reflects that fact somewhat. Sleazy electro-pop that was made well outside the time frame of this scene -- Miss Kittin & the Hacker's naughty "Frank Sinatra," Ladytron's sleek "Seventeen" -- falls in with a somewhat wide variety of songs from the '80s -- ABC's suave "How to Be a Millionaire," Stacey Q's chirpy "Two of Hearts." It had a chance to be the kind of soundtrack that works outside the context of the film, accurately covering a specific scene from a specific point in time, but it wound up being another disc that can mainly relates to those who enjoyed the movie. ~ Andy Kellman

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Release Date
20th Century Fox
MPAA Rating
R -- Restricted
1 hour, 39 minutes
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • English
Video Features
  • ccFeaturette
  • Director/producer commentary
  • Interview with Michael Alig
  • Actor interviews with Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Marilyn Manson, and more
  • Behind-the-scenes
  • Trailer
  • Scene selection
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