Party Monster the movie, based on the James St. James book [Disco Bloodbath] and the documentary [Party Monster], is a buddy movie with a twist, or a twisted buddy movie. Its focus is the relationship between Michael Alig and James St. James, two kids from the mid-west who come to New York where they re-invent themselves as fabulous people. Although it is not immediately clear to James, Michael instantly recognizes that they are soulmates and immediately latches on to him. Shy outsiders as kids, they both learned to hide their feelings behind witty facades, and their bickering and barbed exchanges reveal a profound bond and budding a co-dependency.
Michael is the quicker study even though James is smarter and more learned. So although it is James who initiates Michael into New York night life, it is Michael who quickly rises to the top.
To get there Michael was equipped with no special skills or qualifications other than his considerable charisma. He was fresh-faced, cute, with a twinkle in his eye. A post-modern Peter Pan. He made no secret of the fact that he never wanted to grow up. The way he gulped his words, the way he gestured, all projected a child-like vulnerability. He coupled this with a child-like fearlessness daring to do what others, who had accepted the boring boundaries of life and drudgery of being adults, would only fantasize about.
Producers: Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato in association with Christine Vachon and Killer Films
Directors: Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato