King Cobra (2016)

King Cobra Poster

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 is molded into a star by Stephen, 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 and his unstable lover who will stop at nothing to squash Cobra Video and steal its number one star.

"King Cobra" is a 2016 American independent crime drama movie directed by Justin Kelly, based on the book "Cobra Killer" by Andrew E. Stoner and Peter A. Conway. The film stars James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Keegan Allen, and Alicia Silverstone. Its plot focuses on the occasions leading up to the murder of gay pornography producer Bryan Kocis, portrayed by Slater, and the entry of ambitious beginner Sean Paul Lockhart, depicted by Clayton, into the market.

Plot Summary
The film checks out the competitive world of gay pornography in the early 2000s, centered around the rivalry between Stephen (alias Bryan Kocis, played by Slater), owner of the amateur adult production business Cobra Video, and his ex-porn star, turned competing producer Joe (James Franco).

Lockhart (under the name Brent Corrigan, represented by Clayton) is an enthusiastic newbie who signs into Stephen's company. His performances make him fame, but likewise expose the exploitative nature of the industry, including his contract's unfair terms which restrict him from dealing with other producers.

Main Conflict
As Stephen tries to keep Lockhart under his control, Joe and his sweetheart Harlow (played by Allen), both having a hard time financially, conspire to bring Lockhart into their own adult movie business. Their plan consists of coaxing Lockhart into breaking his agreement and staging a false claim.

When Stephen declines to quit rights to the "Brent Corrigan" phase name and threatens legal action, the tension escalates, and Joe hatches a plot to get rid of Stephen. This sets into movement the events that ultimately result in his murder.

Character Development
Clayton delivers a compelling efficiency as Lockhart, depicting his journey from an innocent boy to a shrewd professional outsmarting his manipulative coach, while Franco's representation of the desperate, ruthless Joe highlights the dark side of the market.

Slater, on the other hand, magnificently captures the manipulative, possessive Stephen, who cleverly exploits Lockhart's naivety and aspiration. The character depth and advancement in the film make for a captivating narrative with extreme efficiencies.

Conclusion and Impact
"King Cobra" concludes with the murder of Stephen and Joe and Harlow's subsequent arrest, highlighting the lengths that fixation and greed can drive individuals to in the ruthlessly competitive porn market. The movie sheds light on the darker elements of the industry, exploitation, the struggles of young actors, and the effects of ambition and competitors.

Criticism and Reception
The film premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was typically gotten with favorable reviews, with critics applauding the movie's performances, especially Clayton and Slater's. Some critics, nevertheless, criticized the movie for its graphic nature and bleak representation of the pornography market. Despite its dark narrative and questionable subject, "King Cobra" remains a compelling expedition of ambition, exploitation, and the dark sides of the adult movie market.

In Conclusion
"King Cobra" is a narrative-driven drama that checks out the harsh reality of the gay pornography industry, including strong performances and a spellbinding plot. In spite of handling a controversial subject, the film manages to be amusing and thought-provoking, providing an engaging view of a world rarely touched upon in mainstream movie theater.

Top Cast