REVIEW: PARTY MONSTER

CAST

Seth Green (Family Guy)
Macaulay Culkin (Home Alone)
Diana Scarwid (Wonderfalls)
Marilyn Manson (Jawbreaker)
Dylan McDermott (The Practice)
Mia Kirshner (The Vampire Diaries)
Wilmer Valderrama (That 70s Show)
John Stamos (Scream Queens)
Natasha Lyonne (American Pie)
Chloe Sevigny (Big Love)

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Based on the book Disco Bloodbath, by James St. James, the film opens with Michael Alig as a small-town outcast who lived with his mom before moving to New York. Michael learns the New York party scene from James St. James, who teaches him the “rules of fabulousness”, which mostly revolve around attracting as much attention to oneself as possible.Image result for PARTY MONSTER 2003Despite James’ warning, Alig hosts a party at The Limelight, a local club owned by Peter Gatien. With Alig as its main attraction, The Limelight soon becomes the hottest club in New York. Alig is named “King of the Club Kids” and goes on a cross country journey in search of more club kids. Alig and James pick up Angel Melendez, Gitsie, and Brooke. Gitsie becomes Michael’s latest sidekick although the movie implies the relationship was a little more than platonic. However, after Michael descends further into drug abuse, his life starts to spiral out of control, eventually culminating in his involvement in the murder of Angel. Gitsie and Michael decide to go to rehab but ultimately return to NY with the same drug problems as before causing Michael to lose his job and end up in a motel in New Jersey. James then begins to write his “Great American Novel” published as Disco Bloodbath and later as Party Monster.Image result for PARTY MONSTER 2003I couldn’t possibly think of a fault in this film. The acting (in particular on the parts of Culkin and Green) is sublime, and, with the considerable help of an exquisite wardrobe and soundtrack, perfectly portrays the drug-fuelled hedonism of the New York Club Kids. This is easily one of the most underrated films of the 21st century.

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