So it’s clear by my page that I enjoy horror movies, well enjoy is an understatement, I love them! I love the big Hollywood Blockbusters, just as much as I love the low budget B-list movies. As long as there’s lots of blood and some screams, I’m gonna watch it. So, from time to time, I come across movies in production or soon to be released on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, and just a few months ago I came across one I was looking forward to seeing, Tommy Faircloth’s “Family Possessions”.
This movie seemed to have everything I was looking for, there’s a creepy house, spooky face on the poster and one of my favorite scream queens/ killers, Felissa Rose, from “Sleepaway Camp”. So, I was following this movie and keeping up with it’s weekly updates until they did something that I can only think was a stunt to get more press; “Family Possessions” has just casted Michael Alig.
Now most of you might be reading this name and thinking “Who the hell is that?” but some of you crime buffs and true story nuts might remember his name, if not, you might know his nicknames like “The Original Club Kid”, “The Party Monster”, or “Convicted Murderer”. Let me set the scene for you, it’s the middle of the night in a run down drug filled apartment and two men are going at it over an unpaid debt. Things get too heated, a third man joins in and one man is now, and forever will be dead. That man’s name is Andre “Angel” Melendez, and his killer’s name is Michael Alig.
Alig’s story was played out for the world to see by Macaulay Culkin in the 2003 movie “Party Monster.” However, the acts in the movie we’re not jazzed up for Hollywood, if anything they were toned down. Alig and his accomplice, Robert “Freez” Riggs, murdered Melendez, they left him in a bathtub full of ice until he started to become odorous, in which they cut him up and placed him in a box for a few days, till they tossed the box into the Hudson River. Melendez’s murder was talked about all throughout New York City, but Alig was still walking free and telling anyone who would listen that he killed Melendez.
The police followed the rumors and placed Alig and Riggs in prison. Alig was behind bars for about 17 years, he was released due to early parole. Now one can say that he did his time and should be able to live his life how ever he wants, but Alig has never shown remorse for his crime, in his interviews he’s made everything seem about him. He took a man’s life and still believes he is the star of the show. Now Tommy Faircloth and “Family Possessions” is giving him another outlet to the limelight that he has been dying for.
I was looking forward to this movie and now I’m at odds. I don’t know Alig, I’ve never met him, I can’t speak to the fact of if his changed or not. Yet, from what I’ve seen and what I’ve learned (From the internet, it’s a pretty good tool, being that we use it for our degrees), I won’t be supporting anything he is apart of.
Let’s hope Tommy Faircloth and Michael Alig decide to donate some of their earnings (by some I mean all) to Melendez’s family. Because their still paying for Alig’s Actions on that sad, cold night in New York City.
ID's Deadly Devotion's episode on Angel Melendez