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King Cobra (2016)

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Veteran gay pornography producer Stephen battles two rival producers over the rights to his underage porn star creation, Brent Corrigan, with deadly results.

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Justin Kelly

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Garrett Clayton ... Sean Paul Lockhart / Brent Corrigan
Christian Slater ... Stephen
Molly Ringwald ... Amy
James Kelley ... Joey, Cobra Performer
Keegan Allen ... Harlow
James Franco ... Joe
Robby Johnson ... Shane
Rosemary Howard ... Nosey Neighbor
Spencer Rocco Lofranco ... Mikey (as Spencer Lofranco)
Angel Montes Angel Montes ... Angel, Viper Performer (as Angel Montes Ayala)
Paul Michael Polsinelli ... Davey, Viper Assistant
Joseph Baird ... Blake Savage, Viper Perfomer
Joe James Joe James ... Tow Truck Driver
Alicia Silverstone ... Janette
Ron Simons ... Hardy, Producer
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Storyline

This ripped-from-the-headlines drama covers the early rise of gay porn headliner Sean Paul Lockhart a.k.a. Brent Corrigan, before his falling out with the producer who made him famous. When Sean decides he'd be better off a free agent, a cash-strapped pair of rival producers aim to cash in by any means possible.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Королевская кобра See more »

Filming Locations:

Kingston, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,624, 23 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$28,505, 30 October 2016
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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Real-life Luzerne County, Pennsylvania judge -- Michael Conahan -- signed paperwork in 2006 changing the real-life victim Bryan Kocis' charge from sex assault to corruption of minors. As a result of that change, Kocis was not required to be registered as a Megan's Law offender and Cobra Video commenced. Conahan later pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges in relation to the infamous "Kids for Cash" scandal, and is serving 17.5 years in prison for other charges. The Luzerne County scandal, involving Kocis' judge, of sentencing kids to overly-harsh sentences to an out of state facility for cash kickbacks was used in a Law and Order: Special Victims Unit episode 10.20 "Crush". Actress Swoozie Kurtz played the Conahan role of the crooked judge. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sean Paul Lockhart: Alright, let's fuck.
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References The Fast and the Furious (2001) See more »

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Luvvbazaar
Written by Cody Critcheloe (as Cody Baker Critcheloe) and J. Ashley Miller
Performed by SSION
Courtesy of NOISS MUSIC (BMI) and Glacial Stasis (BMI)
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This Movie Needed a Fluffer
17 August 2018 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

For a movie with such lurid subject matter set in such a lurid industry, "King Cobra" is bit....ahem....limp.

There's plenty of drama to be mined from this real life story about a young up-and-coming (excuse the pun) porn star and a murder that he doesn't commit but of which he is indirectly the motive. But the whole thing never works up much heat, and the result is that it feels somewhat irrelevant. I feel guilty for saying that, since a real person was murdered in the middle of this mess, but the film never made me care much about any of the narcissistic people swirling around this film's plot. For what it's worth, the person I cared the most for was the murdered man, a porn producer played in the film's best performance by Christian Slater, of all people. He develops a real character out of this material, and gives a wonderfully sad portrayal of a man past his prime in an industry in which the expiration date on men is much earlier that it is anywhere else. Everyone else plays a caricature, and James Franco in particular hammers another nail in the coffin of my tolerance for him.

Included in the cast but utterly wasted are Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald, as a mom and sister, respectively, but I suppose a movie about the gay porn industry doesn't leave much room for women, does it?

Grade: C+


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