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Party Monster: The Shockumentary

1 rating: 3.0
A movie directed by Randy Barbato

PARTY MONSTER is the shockumentary that probes the seedy underbelly of the New York City "Club Kid" scene and its troubled leader, Michael Alig. Alig had been a successful nightclub promoter and unofficial King of the Club Kids before his drug … see full wiki

Director: Randy Barbato
Release Date: 1997
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about Party Monster: The Shockumentary

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  • Nov 9, 2004
Pros: Interesting story, famous murder, bizarre exploits in the name of fashion.

Cons: cheaply produced, too much stock footage of Studio 54 days.

The Bottom Line: Inside the world of the Club Kids of the 1980's. See how celebrity, drugs and criminal mischief can end in murder!

Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie''s plot.

After last years "Party Monster" the Hollywood Epic - I was intrigued about the "real story" and thus checked out The Shockumentary at the local video store.

This is a low budget indie pseudo documentary about the crazy days of Michael Alig and his Club Kids Scene. What a brillant young man he was and he had a very creative mind. The story of a young kid from the heartland heads to New York City and transforms himself into a party promoter. Hired by the Limelight and other big clubs he soon provies his worth by throwing and hosting outrageous parties.

Each party outdoes itself, getting more elaborate and more outrageous. Of course the drug and alcohol abuse grows until it culminates in a grisly murder.

Shocking???? no, but interesting as can be. The jailhouse interviews with Michael are the best scenes. He is a middle aged man facing 20 years in prison. He recounts his days with obvious glee and doesn't seem to fazed about his crime and gruesome details. Jailhouse confessions are always chilling and fascinating. I must admit that he was a long way from his Party Monster Days - he looked very average.

It does show some insight into the man of Michael Alig which is a very talented, funny, creative and wicked boy/child. My opinion on his life and crimes is that he has a childish and immature mind. He acts like a two year old who believes the world revolves around him.

Not recommended for children under 17 as there is repeated drug and alcohol use. Nudity is common as well as just bizarre antics.

Interesting for fans of the Club Kids Days.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Good for a Rainy Day
Suitability For Children: Not suitable for Children of any age

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