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Party Monster (1999)

Party Monster




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With a short 57-minute running time calculated for TV timeslots, this documentary was partially financed by Cinemax and UK's Channel 4. Staged simulations are smoothly integrated with legit footage to jigsaw together a portrait of Michael Alig, serving time for manslaughter when this film was made. Waving goodbye to South Bend, Indiana, Alig arrived in NYC, became a college dropout, and developed a reputation for promoting parties during the '80s. The Alig parties featured bizarre costumes, performance art, and a sexual slant, but they eventually began going haywire with wild drug use/abuse of heroin, crack, and animal tranquilizers, prompting the law to take note. In early 1996, drug dealer Angel Melendez vanished, and a corpse later turned up floating near Staten Island; months later, Alig and a roommate were arrested. To recount the grim details, filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato interviewed Alig in prison, combining this with both party videos and footage of Alig associates. Shown at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
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On DVD: Sep 23, 2003
World of Wonder Productions

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Michael Alig
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Critic Reviews for Party Monster

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | July 2, 2011
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Village Voice
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Refuses to become a preachy treatise on drug excess, opting instead to merely report the events with style, humour and a cast of astonishingly interesting 'characters'.

Full Review… | October 27, 2003
Shadows on the Wall

Fact-based story of drugs and death in "clubland" is boring and banal, failing in its attempt to shock and scandalize.

Full Review… | September 12, 2003

Audience Reviews for Party Monster

He came. He partied. He killed.

Wahida K

Super Reviewer


A good side piece to go with The Party Monster movie that stars Macauley Culkin and Seth Green. Documentary shows what all the real club kids looked like that were played in the film. The movie is one of those that disturbs me so much I still have to watch it everytime i see it on. I was just boredly surfing through you tube when i came upon it. It makes you wonder if Micheal Alig the main charector in this film was actually evil or was just someone who went over the edge trying to have too good a time?

Lee Kyle

Super Reviewer


A rather deep documentary about the Club Kids murder. Featuring not only Alig himself, but many other players including his obviously heroin addicted girlfriend and his mother, who really impressed me by being totally understanding and accepting of her son. Also a pretty good look into the early 90s NYC night life. If you can handle the subject matter, it's RECOMMENDED.

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