Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

King Cobra

2016, Justin Kelly, USA, 91 min. With James Franco, Christian Slater.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 20th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jan 21st 8:00pm
  • Sun, Jan 22nd 5:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 23rd 8:00pm
  • Tue, Jan 24th 8:15pm
  • Wed, Jan 25th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Jan 26th 8:30pm
First Chicago run!

“Movies don’t get much juicier, funnier, creepier, sadder, or smarter.” — Dan Callahan, The Wrap

“A sensitive and darkly hilarious true crime story that works from top to bottom.” — David Ehrlich, Indiewire

Based on a true story, this black-humorous chronicle of the rise and violent fall of a producer of gay porn delivers pathos, pratfalls, and arch comedy as two rival entrepreneurs vie for the services of a boyish but crafty hot property. The pre-YouTube world of adult-film production satirically comes to life as deeply closeted producer Stephen (Slater) grooms fresh-faced Sean (Garrett Clayton) to stardom for his King Cobra videos, but sets the actor to cleaning toilets when he demands a bigger piece of the proceeds. Across town, strapped-for-cash sleaze-meister Joe (Franco) and his boy-toy Harlow (Keegan Allen) stand ready to lure the new star into their Viper Boyz fold, but Stephen inconveniently stands in the way. Note: Contains sex and nudity. DCP digital. (BS)

Play Trailer