Review by Chastity Campbell
Starring: Seth Green, Macauley
Culkin, Chloe Sevigny, Natasha Lyonne, Wilmer Valderrama, Wilson Cruz, Diana
Scarwid, Dylan MCDermott
Director: Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato
Video: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen & 1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen
Audio: 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Features: See Review
Length: 99 Minutes
Release Date: February 10, 2004
with me now…on the last night of my life…the night of my overdose!”
is one of the most tripped out movies I've ever had the pleasure of watching. Based on a true story, this movie weaves and spins itself so
much it's no wonder I had to watch it twice to catch everything.
takes you into the lives of two people who live to party, and party to live.
James and Michael are two friends forged from the innocence of one and
the flamboyance of another. There
are those who party, and there are those who party to excess.
James knows how to have fun, and play games with people.
However, he does seem to be able to almost always quit while he's
Michael was new in town and
James helped him settle in and get a bit comfortable.
The very disturbing story that follows will keep you guessing, and
questioning everything said, and done right up till the end.
Macauley Culkin, better known
for his all American boy roles, takes a flying leap into the land of Sodom &
Gomorra for his role in Party Monster.
Not only is his character flamboyantly gay, he's a party freak.
Loving the extreme side of gothic drag, he finds himself immersed in
lust, bad makeup, and plenty of drugs!
Seth Green always seems to
choose roles that allow him a certain amount of freedom to be himself.
This movie was such a departure from anything I have ever seen him do,
I'm at a loss as to whether or not I liked him.
His character James is so flamingly gay Lady Liberty's torch would have
a hard time burning hotter than he is.
Green's character wants to be
the most well known and seen partier out there.
He knows who's hot, who's not, and who should go home with him each
night. Michael is at first a
project for James someone new in town who needs a little guidance.
James decides to become Michael's fairy godmother, and show him the
ropes so to speak.
This movie was a weird one from
start to finish. The characters
were tragically flawed, and you knew from the beginning that nothing good was
going to come from the things being shown on the screen.
I have to give Culkin credit; he
was absolutely brilliant as the extrovert Michael.
His portrayal was very believable and easy to watch.
It wasn't as if he was pretending to be a gay character; he truly
wrapped himself up in the role, and became Michael.
One of the more disturbing
characters in this movie is Christina, played by the scary and diverse Marilyn
Manson. Manson had no trouble
portraying the drag queen/transvestite. This
movie was so unpredictable and weird that Manson says he couldn't pass it up.
I won't pretend that I
understood everything about this movie, even after watching it twice, but I will
say that it was an adventure. If
you are in the mood for something different, give this disc a spin, you won't
Presented in a 1.85:1 Anamorphic
Widescreen format, as well as a 1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen format, this DVD
delivers in both realms. The
individual scene loss from one aspect ratio to the other isn't very noticeable
so you can watch it in whatever format you prefer and you won't be missing
The colors are vivid, with a
reasonable amount of shading all around. Other
than a bit of dirt and a few visual flaws this DVD is visually pleasing.
This 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo
mix tended to sound tinny, and hollow. Despite
that the dialogue was balanced nicely against the background music beds.
There were no audible dips, or dropouts.
The audio remained consistent throughout without fluctuating levels.
On a side note the soundtrack
for this movie contains a lot of early and late 80's hits. Weird as the movie was, the songs seemed to fit
This DVD was a true Party
Monster when it came down to its extra features!
The first featurette gives you a
chance to learn a little of the back-story surrounding the characters of this
movie. Interviews with actors and
directors help to bring into focus the things they were trying to achieve when
making this film.
There is a very in depth
interview with the man this movie is about, Mr. Michael Alig.
He goes into detail about his many near death experiences as well as what
motivated him to commit murder.
Individual actor interviews with
Macauley Culkin, Seth Green, Marilyn Manson, Chloe Sevigny, Wilmer Valderrama,
Natasha Lyonne, and Wilson Cruz open up a whole new level of insight into the
making of this movie.
In the Behind The Scenes
featurette, you get to see how this movie was put together, from beginning to
Language options are available
in English and Spanish, and a movie trailer is included for your viewing