Staff Picks #9: Party Monster (2003)

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Plot: This is the true story of Michael Alig, a Club Kid party organizer whose life was sent spiraling down when he bragged on television about killing his drug dealer and roommate.

Why It’s a Staff Pick: “Party Monster” is another movie that made my Staff Picks section even though I didn’t give it a high rating, but for some very good reasons. It’s the perfect modern campy cult movie. If you thought movies like “Rocky Horror Picture Show” were campy, you’ll be in for quite a shock as the campiness factor hits you in the face from the very beginning, but considering the subject of this movie (Michael Alig) it hits the nail right on the head with the perfect amount of over-the-top camp and glam. Not only is it a technically well-made movie that tells the true story fairly accurately and has this fabulously dark-humored aura to it, but also – my main reason for it being included on my Staff Picks – Party Monster is pretty wonderfully acted from both Seth Green and especially Macaulay Culkin. From start to finish, Macaulay Culkin entertained and surprised as Alig, and his performance was made even more incredible by the fact that he actually visited Alig in prison to try and get the performance as close as he could to the real thing. If you love campy, glamorous, over-the-top cult classics, put “Party Monster” on your watchlist immediately!

My Rating: 7.5/10

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