King Cobra

Trailer for King Cobra.

Based on a stranger-than-fiction true story, King Cobra is a deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the pornography industry. It’s 2006, YouTube is in its infancy, and internet porn is still behind a paywall. Taking the stage name Brent Corrigan, a fresh-faced, wannabe adult video performer (Garrett Clayton) is molded into a star by Stephen (Christian Slater), a closeted gay porn mogul who runs the skin flick empire Cobra Video from his seemingly ordinary suburban home. But as Brent’s rise and demands for more money put him at odds with his boss, he also attracts the attention of a rival producer (James Franco) and his unstable lover (Keegan Allen) who will stop at nothing to squash Cobra Video and steal its number one star. Co-starring Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald, King Cobra is part delirious, tabloid-shocker satire, part American tragedy.Sean Paul Lockhart who is the real life Brent Corrigan is actually an
actor and is best known for Milk (2008), Judas Kiss (2011) and Triple
Crossed (2013).

Lockhart started his career in pornography in 2004 using the stage names Brent Corrigan and Fox Ryder. His first film as Brent Corrigan was as a young twink model in Every Poolboy’s Dream. He played roles in gay porn films notably with Cobra Video and Pink Bird Media. He has also made some films with Active Duty and Jet Set Men. He has been featured in twenty seven gay pornographic films during his career and directed four. Through his work with Cobra Video the company has released ten gay pornographic films starring Lockhart under his stage name Brent Corrigan between 2004 and 2012.

Through his work with Falcon Studios, the company has released six gay pornographic films featuring Lockhart under the stage name Fox Ryder, Pink Bird Media has released eight, between 2007 and 2010, Jet Set Men released two, one as an underwear model in 2010 and a gay pornographic film in 2012, Active Duty released one in 2008. He released one film through BrentCorriganOnline in 2007. He directed four films for Pink Bird media between 2008 and 2010.

In September 2005, Lockhart made public that he was under 18 when he made his first films, being below the legal age of consent to appear in pornography. His first four films were pulled voluntarily from circulation by Cobra Video, through their distributor, Pacific Sun Entertainment. In an interview with Gay Monkey Magazine in 2006 after he launched his own production company, he claimed to be the youngest producer in the history of gay porn. He went on to say “Porn can be a bad business; but not my company. Since I know what it’s like, I treat models right. I treat my models with the utmost respect from beginning to end.” The article states his company only makes films with the actors using condoms. He was still working for the major gay pornographic studios at the time and his own first film using condoms was Summit (2008), in his previous films he was known for not using them. The film won the GayVN Awards Best Pro/Am Film 2009.King Cobra Trailer Screen Shot 1
As crazy as this story seems, it is hard to believe that people will go to just about any length to make money. I was not shocked to see James Franco in this film. He loves doing off the wall indie projects and especially after seeing , which he Directed, I would think of him first too to portray any character in this film. But, I was shocked to see Christian Slater taking a role here. I think he does a pretty good job, but he would not be an actor that I would think of for the so called “bad guy”.

I loved the music used in the trailer which does a great job at setting up the tension between scenes. Although this film has quite the unique story line and what looks like some good acting, it is not my cup of tea and I will be skipping this one. The fact that it is going straight to VOD makes me think that the studio feels the same way.
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