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King Cobra (2016)



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When a lonely suburban man turned gay porn producer discovers a hot, lucrative new star, he finds himself the target of rival pornographers who will stop at nothing to steal his money maker. Based on the novel "Cobra Killer".

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Garrett Clayton
as Sean aka Brent Corrigan
Joseph Baird
as Blake Savage
Jeremiah Wenutu
as Porn Star
Rosemary Howard
as Nosey Neighbor
Rene Vettese
as Restaurant Patron
John D. Hickman
as Sushi Waiter
Cliff Ferraro
as Leaving the Bus Terminal
Keith Leonard
as Detective Bradwell
Robby Johnson
as Robby Johnson
Lorenzo Beronilla
as Stripper #1
Shona Tucker
as Detective Banks
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All Critics (37) | Top Critics (13)

King Cobra takes an interesting true crime and covers it in exploitative sex, pedophilic overtures and acting that would make a high school drama teacher cringe.

November 19, 2017 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Though based on a true story, it's presented with none of a docudrama's ragged, lumpy oddity: the narrative is on the lean side, but as taut and burnished as the bodies it depicts.

November 3, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

King Cobra smells more like business plan than a movie.

October 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Slater has some effective moments and Franco excels at a certain kind of scary/funny psycho, but it doesn't ultimately add up to much as either pulpy trash or exposé.

October 27, 2016 | Full Review…

To say it feels reasonably authentic doesn't mean it's very good.

October 20, 2016 | Full Review…

King Cobra is a cut above most homoerotic masturbatory screen fantasies, but not by much.

October 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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There were some structural issues that effected characterization, but ultimately this captured a certain mood and tone that seems real.

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_kelly .King

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Christian Slater is really good and compensates for some poor performances by other actors (especially Alicia Silverstone), and the film uses an interesting structure (based on clever parallels) to develop its characters in a way that lets us grasp their motivations.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


I continue to be impressed with the daring choices Franco makes in his career, including this movie of true-events murder set in the gay porn industry. But one wonders if in the telling of "King Cobra" -- with the notable exception of Christian Slater -- the acting is any better than in the pornographic films the film's subjects produced?

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

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