In late January 2014, a dispute over up-and-coming boyish porn star Brent Corrigan (aka Sean Lockhart) led 25-year-old porn performer Harlow Cuadra and his 33-year-old muscle-daddy boyfriend Joseph Manuel Kerekes to stab Cobra Studios porn producer Bryan Kocis 28 times — slashing his throat, nearly decapitating him — and then set his home on fire.
Cuadra and Kerekes were arrested, charged with multiple felonies including homicide, burglary, abuse of corpse, and two counts of arson (link NSFW) and were sentenced to life in prison — and now the entire sordid affair is an entertaining dark comedy called King Cobra directed by Justin Kelly and distributed by IFC Films! Our parent company, the gay social app Hornet, helped celebrate the US release of King Cobra at the IFC Center in New York this last month and we got some snaps of the mischief.
Despite the film’s lethal source material, it has been called “the Boogie Nights of gay porn “ that ”could transcend its LGBT appeal to become a crossover hit” — in fact, you can even go watch it now. Its writer and director also created I Am Michael, a film about Michael Glatze, a gay activist who later became a so-called ex-gay Christian fundamentalist after a near-death experience, so this is not Kelly’s first foray into dark gay stories.
In I Am Michael, James Franco played the lead role and he also plays Kerekes in King Cobra alongside other stars like Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone as Lockhart’s mom, Christian Slater as Kocis, and Keegan Allen as Cuadra.
The IFC makes a good fit as the films distributor considering their work with other progressive and risque material like the 2005 film TransAmerica (which features a porn star subplot), Blue is the Warmest Color (a lesbian love story with explicit and male-gazey sex scenes), and Jeff (an unsettling look at the crimes and calm facade of gay serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer).
After the IFC screening, the film’s creators and stars went to a nearby bar to enjoy some Svedka vodka, erotic art, hunky go-go boys in jockstraps, and who knows what other dark delights. And if you’re intrigued, go watch King Cobra online now.
(WARNING: Some of the pics below have man-butt and are therefore somewhat NSFW)