Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
Alternate title: Pornography: A Thriller
USA, 2009. Triple Fire Productions. Screenplay by David Kittredge. Cinematography by Ivan Corona. Produced by Sean Abley. Music by Robb Williamson. Production Design by Doug Prinzivalli. Costume Design by Rebecca M. Graves. Film Editing by Mike Justice, David Kittredge. Podcast: Bad Gay Movies.
A former adult film star agrees to do one last gig for a huge sum of money but, thanks to his employer being a member of a strange torture cult, disappears into thin air. Years later, a writer researching a book on the cultural history of the gay porn industry is trying to find out information about the now vanished young man and comes across strange ritualistic dangers that threaten his happy life with his boyfriend. Time passes, and a current, popular porn star decides to direct a movie about the writer’s experience searching for the missing man and finds himself alternately obsessed and possessed by alternate personalities. This oddball independent film is far too long for its own good (twenty minutes could have been easily shaved off without harm to the plot) and is made by someone who is obviously in love with Mulholland Drive, but for a film shot cheaply and quickly it has a surprisingly high level of performance and cinematography. Those looking to see the boy flesh will not be disappointed, even though the plotting is never quite as complicated as it purports to be and the ending is severely dissatisfying.