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.
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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.
(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.