Outstanding. Movies don’t get much juicier, funnier, creepier, or smarter than ‘King Cobra.’
— Dan Callahan, The Wrap
James Franco is at his brazen best. The actor gives his most unhinged performance since ‘Spring Breakers.’
— Nigel M. Smith, The Guardian
A sensitive and darkly hilarious true crime story that works from top to bottom.
— David Ehrlich, Indiewire
Inspired. Authentic, intelligent, and entertaining all at once.
— Ed Gibbs, Little White Lies
An IFC Midnight Release | United States | Oct 21st, 2016 | 92 MINS | NR
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.
- Justin Kelly
- James Franco
- Vince Jolivette
- Jordan Yale Levine
- Shaun Sanghani
- Justin Kelly
Tribeca Film Festival