TRAILER: King Cobra

Vulture recaps:

Like a nightclub touted by Saturday Night Live’s Stefon, the new film King Cobra offers up a plethora of wild, unexpected delights. This Justin Kelly–directed movie has everything, including James Franco and Christian Slater as rival gay-porn moguls warring over the employment of Brent Corrigan (Garrett Clayton), the industry’s most promising new bottom. It also boasts Pretty Little Liars star Keegan Allen as Franco’s lover, who eagerly repeats the movie’s unforgettable rallying cry: “No little bitches!” If you happen to want cameos from the teen queens of the ’80s and ’90s, King Cobra has you covered there, too, since both Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone pop in as concerned relatives struck dumb by the growing gay-porn scandal.

  • Rex

    Watching porn sounds like a good alternative to the debates tonight.

    • edrex

      watching porn sounds like a good alternative to this film.

      • MattPS

        Meh. I might keep my eyes out for this, but I’d probably be more inclined to watch a docu-drama which addresses the direction that Brent Corrigan’s career has taken in his post-Cobra years.

        • Dazzer

          I’m probably one of the few gay men around who’d never seen a Brent Corrigan porno. However, I DID see some of his indie films when he was performing under his own name of Sean Paul Lockhart.

          And he was a good actor. A little rough around the edges, but he definitely had ability and could act. He was an exciting and interesting actor with masses of potential.

          It was only after he went back to porn that I actually bothered to have a look at his porn. It wasn’t quite ‘meh’, but I wasn’t as interested as I was in his indie films.

          And since he’s gone back to porn and has had a variety of Twitter breakdowns, declared his real (and non-pervy) love of horses, the guy just gets more and more interesting as a person.

      • james1200

        I dunno…they kinda had me at “the industry’s most promising bottom.”

        • edrex

          it’s always promises, promises.

          • james1200

            Brent Corrigan was an insatiable slut so promises fulfilled!

          • Brent Everett, Brent Corrigan. both hot. both good bottoms. both–

            what was the question?

          • james1200

            LOL! I changed it to Corrigan. I’m not usually into twinkies but they took it real good. They made bottoming great again!

          • Corrigan actually got pretty hunky. Not sure about Everett.

            Anyways, what is it with gay men and the names that start with the letter B?

          • james1200

            I know. Like Beyoncé.

          • Ragnar Lothbrok

            And Brit-knee

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          • lattebud

            Definition of a slut… someone having more sex than the person calling him a slut.

          • james1200

            I wasn’t criticizing. Jeez!

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        making one sounds better

      • SelectFromWhere

        It is hard to come up with something to which watching porn is NOT a good alternative. (Yes, I worked in “Hard” and “come”)

    • Smokey
      • safari

        I prefer the full stream while circlejerking with the JMG crowd.

        • bambinoitaliano

          Didn’t someone suggest a meet and greet in Las Vegas? 😛

      • Rex

        Either way, there’s a mess to clean up in the end.

        • SelectFromWhere

          But one can be cleaned up in seconds–one takes years :-/

      • Does anyone besides me review their porn because they passed over an important plot element?

        • m_lp_ql_m

          Some of the porn I watch deals with situational fetishes, so, yea, the plot could be important.

        • Jerry

          I saw a preview for a new porn movie the other day, but I’m not going to buy it…the preview gave away the ending.

    • Brian

      What are you going to do for the other 85 minutes the debate is on?

      • Rex


      • Traxley Launderette


  • Sam_Handwich

    no please. kthxbai

  • Deviancy Behavir

    Interestingly enough it’s closing out the Reeling Film festival on Thursday here in Chicago. I went and saw Bear City 3 on Saturday and going back to see Anthony Rapp tonight premiere two of his movies and do a Q&A sessions. I’m still not enough of a fan of James Franco and his cockteasing the gay community to want to see King Cobra though. I’ll wait til it’s on demand.

    • m_lp_ql_m

      Bear City 3! Yes!

      Bears aren’t my type, but I really enjoyed the Bear City movies.

  • dear filmmakers, consider the revolutionary concept of actually casting gay actors in the roles of actually gay characters.

    • Jeffrey

      Because straight should only play straight and gay should only play gay? Doesn’t sound like acting to me.

      • Lazycrockett

        I’d bet some serious money that Garrett has a lot of sugar in him just waiting to get poured out.

        • edrex

          I don’t know what that means, but I love how dirty it sounds.

        • Grimes

          That would be a very wise bet

      • i understand that many don’t yet understand the imbalances that already occur in the acting world, so i can explain.
        most gay roles go to straight men. they do. it has nothing to do with “the talent”, and everything to do with homophobic prejudice, and the desire for those in casting to see “a gay guy that is more like a straight guy” – which is where the straight male avatar comes into play.
        we’re not yet in a place where gay and straight are given the same opportunities, even when the roles are gay. your statement would only make sense if we lived in a world where such opportunities are equal. they’re not.

    • Philly Mike

      I don’t care I have such a hardon for Christian Slater these days, he is so handsome in Mr. Robot.

    • Grimes

      Are you sure they didn’t in this film? And I’m not talking about Franco

    • ultragreen

      There are non-gay actors?

  • Capritaur

    James Franco is so bad they couldn’t even find a couple good takes for the trailer.

  • Treant

    Maybe when it comes to TV.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    It looks good, or at least interesting, to me, except for the presence of James Franco. His presence in gay themed movies has just gotten tedious.

    • popebuck1

      The coy act has gotten old. He needs to either come out as bi, come out as gay, or shut up already.

      • Ninja0980

        Either you are gay/bi or you aren’t but the teasing thing gets old FAST.
        Either you are gay/bi or you aren’t but the teasing thing gets old FAST.

      • james1200

        He’s not gay, he’s just a cock tease, like Nick Jonas and I have no idea why so many gay men have a problem with it. I fucking love it!

      • james1200

        This is NSFW but it’s the video of Franco sucking dick (I forget the name of the movie because I only watch and re-watch this one part). The man is a true artist!!!!

        Having watched this yet again, he’s really, really good at it so maybe he is bi.

      • Rex

        I’m sure he’s been on the receiving end of a BJ, or the other way around.

        • EweTaw

          Such a pretty mouth. Nice butt, too.

      • Michael McReavy

        Some guys are gay in everything except their sexual orientation. Born that way!

    • Butch

      I’ve noticed that a couple of other sites can’t seem to run enough photos and clips of him in Goat; I doubt I’ll see that movie and don’t know what to think of him.

    • zhera

      Wait, wait! We’re hating on James Franco now? Why didn’t anyone tell me?

      • BlueberriesForMe

        No one told me either. We can start a support group.

        • StudioTodd

          Why bother? In less than a year, all the support will turn into bitter hating anyway…as it always do.

          Just ask Franco.

  • BobSF_94117

    Straight people are just going to ruin homosexuality…

    • Gustav2

      Just like they ruin everything else!

    • Treant

      Now that it’s gone all mainstream, I may have to move on. Perhaps to some S&M, that should take a while to move to center.

      • BobSF_94117

        S has gone pretty mainstream. You may have to concentrate on M.

        • Mark

          gawddammit! I just bought a trailer full of sneakers and mascara! And now you tell me half of it is soooo last year?

    • Smokey

      And they claim (in court no less) that we ruined marriage!

    • Brian in Valdosta

      Sadly, you may be right. I can see them turning it either into a Theme Park destination of some sort.

      Pornland, or Pornutopia. And don’t forget to stop at one of our many concession stands to pick up your novelty penis-shaped straw or your vagina-shaped coin purse!

      • Smokey

        Maybe that’s what they can do with Ken Ham’s Ark when it goes belly up.

        • pj

          the love boat

          • Smokey

            After all two by two of most kinds, in fact Ladies and Gentlemen, every kind (channeling Genesis and Robert Preston).

        • Hue-Man

          Were you thinking Poseidon Adventure?

      • bambinoitaliano

        I could build a giant gay porn ark beside Noah’s and will make a killing. The over flow of the returning accidental tourists who wonder off from their faithful families.

      • EweTaw

        Sounds fun. Where do I buy tickets. Do they validate parking? Is there food and beer?

      • Mark

        Oh I know! We could build replicas of Sodom and Gomorrah…right next door to that land locked ark-boat thingy……

    • Blackfork

      They can fucking HAVE homosexuality, after all, they love it. It’s GAY they hate.

    • SelectFromWhere

      Well, straight girls have already ruined the bars (see “Bachelorette Parties”)–straight men might as well finish it off (get it? I said “finish it off…” PA DUM, PUM!)

    • Chuck in NYC

      They’re already ruining “Yasssss, queen.”

  • Jamie_Johnson

    rival gay-porn moguls

    Setting aside that there is no such thing as a gay porn mogul, I don’t see how either of the people these actor portray could be considered a “mogul.” One made very few films; the other made niche films.

    And not to pick nits, but I wouldn’t call this “LGBT culture.” Or, I’d at least hope that LGBT culture expands way, way beyond this.

    • EweTaw

      What?!! Lucas of Lucas Films is not a gay porn mogul? Somebody better break it to him gently.

  • Jack


  • Jeffrey

    I’m sorry, but Molly Ringwald as porn star mom and James Franco and Christian Slater. I’m gonna have to see this.

    • Treant

      Call me sad, but I’ve always appreciated Ringwald’s work. She’s not usually great, but she tries very, very hard.

      I actually enjoyed “The Wives He Forgot” and not just for Mark Humphrey with his shirt off.

      • Jeffrey

        I was a teen in the 80s so obviously I’m a fan.

        • Treant

          Ditto! Who could forget “The Stand!”

          • Gaiboi66

            The Stand was the best movie she’s ever done. And also one of my top fav Stephen King books.

        • Cuberly

          Sixteen Candles is still one of my all time faves.

          • Jeffrey

            That Jake was a hottie

          • Cuberly

            He sure was…

          • EweTaw

            Despite it being on DirecTV nine times a day every day of the week I have yet to see it.

          • Cuberly

            lol..yeah it’s a staple of cable tv.

            Do yourself a favor, if you want to watch it, don’t watch it with commercials. The way they build Molly Ringwald’s frustration with turning 16 sorta gets lost with all the advertisements.

          • Dotty

            If there were no Molly Ringwald, there would never have been a Long Duc Dong and the world would be a much sadder place….

    • Circle Thomas

      As anyone who has watched Mr. Robot knows, the mentally unhinged vaguely menacing Christian Slater is the best Christian Slater.

      • Jeffrey

        I have to say, I kinda don’t mind being menaced by him.

  • Bill Post

    Will Christian do his best Jack Nicholson … “You can’t handle the porn… I mean truth!”

  • Ninja0980

    Saw a story about this case on ID Discovery a while back.
    Bottom line, envy and greed left one man dead and two others in prison for the rest of their lives.
    The porn angle will likely draw some eyeballs but there is really nothing unique about this guy that requires you to shell out $$$ for it.

  • Phil in FLL

    Please inform Bible-believing Christians that they should be using the King James Franco Bible.

    • Dazzer


      King James was actually gay. The only way he could impregnate his wife was if he had the Duke of Buckingham in the bed with them.

      James Franco claims to be a straight guy obsessed with gay sensibilities.

      One was an in-real-life King, the other’s a wannabe queen.

  • FAEN

    Peter LaBarbra will be in the audience several times. Strictly for research purposes of course.

    • Chuck in NYC

      Josh Duggar, of course, will never see this film now that he’s been saved again.

  • Honestly, just look at those young men! What kind of values do they have? Do they think about anything other than sex? Do they spend half their lives in a gym working out? Will this film be showing in theaters with advance seating?

  • JT

    This could be an eye opener for some. Youtube already shows infantile homophobic comments at even this tame preview. But then they’re youtube morons.

    I look forward to seeing some credible sex scenes between the largely hetero cast.

    • EweTaw

      And lots of full frontal male nudity. There’s never enough of that.

  • Lakeview Bob

    Gay porn going mainstream? Not sure I am ready nor want that but it will make the heads of all the haters explode. So that can’t be all bad.

  • Cuberly

    OT: Sanity break. Don’t get pissed but I think I’ll need a lot of these leading up to debate time.

    • Treant

      They’re missing somebody. No, not that one.

      The otter one.

      • Cuberly

        PUNS! ARGH!!!!

    • zhera

      A very apt re-enactment of the media following Trump’s train of thought…

      • Cuberly

        Ha! Excellent observation. Oy….this is going to be a slog isn’t it. 🙁

        • zhera

          I was planning on ‘watching’ the debate here on JMG but I’ve had very little sleep the past few days and SHOULD be sleeping. I’m 6 hours ahead of New York.

          • Cuberly

            …and if anything could keep you awake it’d be the debates…argh…

            Yeah, take care of yourself first.

            There’s always the relentless postmortem that’s going to fill the airwaves Tuesday. Tonight is going to be dissected beyond recognition.

          • BobSF_94117

            They start live-streaming at 2:30 AM here. I can’t imagine watching the debate without freaking out, let alone trying in the middle of the night. My plan is to gingerly check in here first thing in the morning and see if the clusterfuck went Hillary’s way. Fingers so crossed.

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I think they wanted to do more than just admire it.

      • Cuberly

        Yeah, it had appetizer written all over it.

    • TuuxKabin

      Keep ’em comin’ otters rule! So do bears in the woods.

      • Cuberly

        HA! That’s awesome.

  • Natty Enquirer

    We may have the makings of a camp classic here. Finally, a Showgirls for the rest of us.

    • Treant

      Franco’s remake of “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger” re-envisioned to include lesbian vampires was kind of a hoot.

      Not really good enough or bad enough or odd enough for camp classic, but a momentary hoot.

  • Henry Auvil

    I, for one, CAN’T WAIT! A “Boogie Nights” for our time.

  • jerrydoubleu .

    this is no boogie nights, unfortunately

  • I don’t understand. Why name a romance movie after a snake?

    • DanimalChgo

      I believe it comes from the name of the porn studio behind the real-life story the film is based on.

    • Maggie 4NoH8

      Honey – you can’t have romance without the Snake.

  • rextrek1

    well I love me some OZ …aka James Franco

  • mikeinrkfd

    This film is going to be screened at the MiFo LGBT Film Fest next month. Will probably go see it.

  • JR


  • lattebud

    How about a different perspective on porn?? Seed Money

    • SpiderPIG

      Thanks for this, I didn’t know about it!
      I’m very curious to watch it…

    • Dotty


  • EweTaw

    Never understood the big deal about Franco. But early this morning I woke up unable to sleep, turned the TV on and discovered Tristan and Isolde, a recent interp of that fabu tale of love and heartache. It was rather good and Franco’s otherwise goofy looking face was beautifully photographed as was his sinewy body. I now understand what all the fuss is about. He’s also a rather good actor. So it is with great lust in my heart that I eagerly look forward to this little art film. Uh, excuse my while I drink a pitcher of ice water.

  • Kruhn

    A movie about porn with hunky actors? Count me in Coooooobraaaaaaa!!!!

  • Dot Beech

    This would make a perfect camp double bill with COBRA WOMAN.

    If only there were still revival houses. Oh, well.

  • Charlie 2001

    I’ve read that Brent Corrigan wasn’t actually 18 when he started making videos. I don’t think this as been confirmed. Apparently he does not like this film. I doubt I will go see this. I have also read that sometimes straight women like to watch gay porn because the men are so hot. I wonder if this will boost ticket sales.

  • Tigernan Quinn

    Our culture and history has about a billion topics and figures that would make astonishing movies. I’m as sex positive as a person can be but man I wish we’d put out another vibe than this. Always this.

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