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Release Date: August 29, 2003

Starring: Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green, Chloe Sevigny, and Dylan McDermott

Genre: Drama

Audience: Adults REVIEWER: Jerry
Langford PARTY MONSTER is
about the true-life incidents
surrounding the rise of the
Club Kids of New York in the
1980s. It is filled with
homosexual themes, rampant
drug use, and hedonism. The
story begins as busboy Michael
Alig (Macaulay Culkin) meets
party host James St. James
(Seth Green). Michael has
grand ambitions and hopes to
be the most successful party
organizer New York has ever
seen. He offers refuge and
strange locales for his
“Disco 2000” parties.
These often impromptu parties
are described as illegal and
held in basements, churches,
restaurants, even in the back
of tractor trailer trucks. The
clothing is always outrageous,
the atmosphere punctuated with
blasting music and flashing
lights, and the drugs and
booze flow freely. The parties
are not really part of any
dance craze, they are just
places to hang out and consume
drugs. People come to be seen
and to belong. Michael
convinces a wealthy
businessman (Dylan McDermott)
to hire him as his key party
organizer. As he succeeds in
marketing himself and his
party concepts, he also
spirals into drug use and
later murders his drug dealer.
There is little motive offered
for his crime, and drugs are
simultaneously blamed and
exalted. In fact, the drug use
in PARTY MONSTER is so
glamorized it is truly
staggering. Party host James
St. James, Michael’s best
friend, writes the tell-all
book and Michael spends his
days in prison. Nothing more
is explained or offered, so
the movie’s substance rests
primarily on characters using,
planning to use, or talking
about drugs. Macaulay
Culkin’s performance is
dreadful. His character is
annoyingly loud, over-the-top
and consumed with himself.
Alig is portrayed as part
hustler, part flamboyant and
effeminate homosexual, and
part lost child. The movie’s
comedy scenes are not funny
and the story seems aimless.
Can anyone explain why they
would want to be associated
with this movie? It is beyond
comprehension. Producers/Directors
Fenton Bailey and Robert
Barbato have a clear agenda
here. PARTY MONSTER is the
opportunity to normalize
deviant behavior and aberrant
lifestyles. Just look at the
list of movies and television
programs these two have
produced together: GAY
HOLLYWOOD, SCHOOL’S OUT: THE
LIFE OF A GAY HIGH SCHOOL IN
TEXAS, 101 RENT BOYS (about
male prostitutes), and THE
RUPAUL SHOW for
television. PARTY MONSTER, the
movie patterned after James
St. James’ book DISCO
BLOODBATH, is despicably
awful. MOVIEGUIDE ® labels a
movie “abhorrent” if it
contains intentional
blasphemies, gross immorality,
worldview problems, and/or
glamorizes or promotes evil.
PARTY MONSTER manages to
accomplish all of these, and
succeeds off-the-scale, so to
speak. The problem really
arises when a reviewer is
forced to find different
adjectives to describe this
movie. Hedonistic, morally
vacuous, sick, pointless,
decadent, and nihilistic only
seem to scratch the surface.
Lest you think MOVIEGUIDE ®
is being too hard on this
movie, PARTY MONSTER’s
publicized tag line is
“Good. Evil. Fun.” Its
worship of “Money, success,
fame, glamour” is epitomized
when the main character
announces this lifestyle theme
to a new audience. In a
television interview, he
argues that his movement is
primarily about
self-expression. No, it is
purely about self-indulgence
and selfish living. Finally,
the closing song over the end
credits repeats ad nauseum,
“Everything good is bad,
everything bad is
good.” Movie success is
typically the result of an
audience “caring” about
one or more characters in the
story, but PARTY MONSTER
offers no interesting or
likable characters. Therefore,
no connection exists. Viewers
will find no empathy, no
understanding, and no
compassion for these
self-loathing,
self-destructive, and
ultimately selfish characters.
It is profound to know that
while audiences will not care,
God still loves these lonely
and desperate people. Sadly,
these people do not reach out
to God, they merely mock Him
and anything about Him. Please
address your comments to: Jon
Gerrans & Marcus
Hu Partners Strand
Releasing 1460 Fourth Street,
Suite 302 Santa Monica, CA
90401 Phone: (310)
395-5002 Fax: (310)
395-2502 Email:
[email protected]

Rating: R

Runtime: 98 minutes

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Content:

(HHH, PaPaPa, HoHoHo, AbAbAb, ACap, LLL, VV, SS, NN, AA, DDD, MM) Very strong humanist worldview with very strong pagan content and homosexual themes about Club Kids living for the party life and resulting in murder, with strong anti-Christian, sacrilegious, and anti-moral content such as defending evil, attacking good, and one party held in church cathedral where party creed is repeated and mockingly cited, “The road of excess leads to the place of wisdom,” and some anti-capitalist elements; 27 obscenities (mostly “f” words), one profanity, three blasphemies, and man urinates into friend’s wine glass and his friend unknowingly drinks it; implied violence includes man biting other man in fight, man beaten and murdered with hammer blows to head and much blood shown on floor (this scene is also repeated several times in “flashback”), talk of cutting up body and discarding it in a cardboard box, and mock blood, injuries and surgery make-up worn as ghoulish costumes for “Bloodfeast Party,” suicide attempts, threats of suicide; implied gay sex, kissing, bi-sexuality, couples living together, man and woman share a bubble bath, scenes of men and women in underwear, men often wearing fake breasts, man starts a striptease routine, gay men acting flamboyantly effeminate, men dressing in drag throughout movie, man tells story of his personal molestation by his male Sunday School teacher, implied pedophilia in his story, and mother shown boasting about the interest this church man took in her son; upper male and rear male nudity; strong alcohol use and drunken revelry; smoking, rampant drug use, drugs cooked as meals, drug salads offered, drugs fed to cat, young man laughs about introducing drugs to his mother, man is congratulated for surviving his “first” drug overdose, several die from overdoses, man brags about drug use on national TV reality show; death scene dream or drug hallucination shows party in afterlife, attended by deceased characters, held in a church, man dressed as an angel, and described as the most awesome party of all; and, lying, stealing, revenge, and recruiting young people to use drugs and sample homosexuality.

GENRE: Drama

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Summary:

PARTY MONSTER is about the true-life incidents surrounding the rise of the Club Kids of New York in the 1980s. It is filled with homosexual themes, rampant drug use and hedonism. Viewers will find no empathy, no understanding, and no compassion for these self-loathing, self-destructive and ultimately selfish characters. It is profound to know that while audiences will not care, God still loves these lonely and desperate people.

Review:

PARTY MONSTER is about the true-life incidents surrounding the rise of the Club Kids of New York in the 1980s. It is filled with homosexual themes, rampant drug use, and hedonism.

The story begins as busboy Michael Alig (Macaulay Culkin) meets party host James St. James (Seth Green). Michael has grand ambitions and hopes to be the most successful party organizer New York has ever seen. He offers refuge and strange locales for his “Disco 2000” parties. These often impromptu parties are described as illegal and held in basements, churches, restaurants, even in the back of tractor trailer trucks. The clothing is always outrageous, the atmosphere punctuated with blasting music and flashing lights, and the drugs and booze flow freely. The parties are not really part of any dance craze, they are just places to hang out and consume drugs. People come to be seen and to belong.

Michael convinces a wealthy businessman (Dylan McDermott) to hire him as his key party organizer. As he succeeds in marketing himself and his party concepts, he also spirals into drug use and later murders his drug dealer. There is little motive offered for his crime, and drugs are simultaneously blamed and exalted. In fact, the drug use in PARTY MONSTER is so glamorized it is truly staggering. Party host James St. James, Michael’s best friend, writes the tell-all book and Michael spends his days in prison. Nothing more is explained or offered, so the movie’s substance rests primarily on characters using, planning to use, or talking about drugs.

Macaulay Culkin’s performance is dreadful. His character is annoyingly loud, over-the-top and consumed with himself. Alig is portrayed as part hustler, part flamboyant and effeminate homosexual, and part lost child. The movie’s comedy scenes are not funny and the story seems aimless. Can anyone explain why they would want to be associated with this movie? It is beyond comprehension.

Producers/Directors Fenton Bailey and Robert Barbato have a clear agenda here. PARTY MONSTER is the opportunity to normalize deviant behavior and aberrant lifestyles. Just look at the list of movies and television programs these two have produced together: GAY HOLLYWOOD, SCHOOL’S OUT: THE LIFE OF A GAY HIGH SCHOOL IN TEXAS, 101 RENT BOYS (about male prostitutes), and THE RUPAUL SHOW for television.

PARTY MONSTER, the movie patterned after James St. James’ book DISCO BLOODBATH, is despicably awful. MOVIEGUIDE ® labels a movie “abhorrent” if it contains intentional blasphemies, gross immorality, worldview problems, and/or glamorizes or promotes evil. PARTY MONSTER manages to accomplish all of these, and succeeds off-the-scale, so to speak. The problem really arises when a reviewer is forced to find different adjectives to describe this movie. Hedonistic, morally vacuous, sick, pointless, decadent, and nihilistic only seem to scratch the surface. Lest you think MOVIEGUIDE ® is being too hard on this movie, PARTY MONSTER’s publicized tag line is “Good. Evil. Fun.” Its worship of “Money, success, fame, glamour” is epitomized when the main character announces this lifestyle theme to a new audience. In a television interview, he argues that his movement is primarily about self-expression. No, it is purely about self-indulgence and selfish living. Finally, the closing song over the end credits repeats ad nauseum, “Everything good is bad, everything bad is good.”

Movie success is typically the result of an audience “caring” about one or more characters in the story, but PARTY MONSTER offers no interesting or likable characters. Therefore, no connection exists. Viewers will find no empathy, no understanding, and no compassion for these self-loathing, self-destructive, and ultimately selfish characters. It is profound to know that while audiences will not care, God still loves these lonely and desperate people. Sadly, these people do not reach out to God, they merely mock Him and anything about Him.

Please address your comments to:

Jon Gerrans & Marcus Hu

Partners

Strand Releasing

1460 Fourth Street, Suite 302

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: (310) 395-5002

Fax: (310) 395-2502

Email: [email protected]

SUMMARY: PARTY MONSTER is about the true-life incidents surrounding the rise of the Club Kids of New York in the 1980s. It is filled with homosexual themes, rampant drug use and hedonism. Viewers will find no empathy, no understanding, and no compassion for these self-loathing, self-destructive and ultimately selfish characters. It is profound to know that while audiences will not care, God still loves these lonely and desperate people.

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