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Pornography: A Thriller (2010)

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David Kittredge directs this chilling, erotic indie about obsession in the adult film world. Over a decade ago, a gay porn star named Mark Anton left the industry, seemingly vanishing into the ether right as his career was picking up steam. Though everyone had a scandalous theory about why he left, no one sought the truth -- until now. When Michael, a young researcher, comes across the story, he decides to investigate, and quickly spirals into a frightening, supernatural fun house of snuff films, voyeurism, and waking nightmares.

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Cast

Jared Grey
as Mark Anton
Matthew Montgomery
as Michael Castigan
Péter Scherer
as Matt Stevens
Pete Scherer
as Matt Stevens
Walter Delmar
as William/Jason
Dylan Vox
as Jason Steele
Wyatt Fenner
as Student/Angel
Akie Kotabe
as Jeremy/Adam
Steve Callahan
as Urinal Guy/Jerome
Rasool J'Han
as Realtor/Therapist
Rasool Jahan
as Realtor/Therapist
Jon Gale
as Brooklyn Mover/Rex
Bret Wolfe
as Bishop
Joe Langer
as Dr. T.
David Pevsner
as Photography Professor
Jeremy Owen
as The Figure
Len Irving
as NYPD Detective
Amy Seeley
as Mailbox Clerk/Receptionist
Sean Abley
as Porn DP
Bob Koenig
as Porn Lighting Designer
Buck Hakes
as Porn Gaffer
E.J. Manning
as Strangled Boy
Mike Justice
as Ghost Story Actor/Voice
Alan Alessandro
as DVD Dealer
Matt Mishkoff
as Drug Dealer/Server
Philip Sanchez
as Photography Student
Ben Kaufher
as Photography Student
Stephen Clay
as Porn Auditioner
Enrique Currero
as Porn Auditioner
Julian Fornatora
as Porn Auditioner
Carlton Douglas
as Snuff Club/Industry Club Extra
Mike Lee
as Snuff Club/Industry Club Extra
Jeff Luhman
as Snuff Club/Industry Club Extra
Davyd Williams
as Snuff Club/Industry Club Extra
Aaron Aldorisio
as Video Store Customer
Gary Cotti
as Video Store Customer
Alonso Duralde
as Video Store Customer
Chris Gardner
as Video Store Customer
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Critic Reviews for Pornography: A Thriller

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Despite marvelously moody visuals and a tantalizing setup, Pornography: A Thriller finally puzzles more than it pleases.

April 16, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5

Ambitiously layered and almost completely incoherent.

April 14, 2010 | Full Review…

Taken independently, these chapters probe the thorny porn star-viewer exchange, but Kittredge can't connect the dots into a worthy climax. In other words: all foreplay, no full release.

April 14, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Writer-director David Kittredge's spooky, ambitious thriller about the mysterious fate of a gay porn star is equal parts David Lynch, The Fluffer and 8mm.

April 23, 2010 | Full Review…

Frustratingly elliptical and slightly convoluted, but unconventionally and intriguingly structured enough to maintain suspense amidst its tangled web of blurred realities.

April 14, 2010 | Rating: 7.45/10 | Full Review…

Pornography is more in love with the notion that a thriller could come to life in a porn setting than with what is actually interesting and relevant about its subject matter.

April 12, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Pornography: A Thriller

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Pornography: A Thriller in an ambitious failure. A single story told in three parts without a real driving force behind it, the film is never able to put the pieces together adequately on screen for the story to make any logical sense. The filmmakers were trying for dream logic, to be fair, so to say they flubbed the editing or the writing is not entirely fair. However, when the mystery takes place over three different time periods and the sole intent of the film is to confuse the viewer, it's not smart; it's frustrating. This would have been a much more interesting film if any of the individual stories had been fleshed out to cover the entire running time (the rise and fall of Mark Anton; the gay porn historian; the actor/writer/director creating his version of what happened to Anton). The actors do all they can with the material even if very little makes sense and the overall story is impossible to piece together. And, lets be honest: a movie about the gay porn industry and named "Pornography" is expected to be, well, titillating. The film never really achieves that, either.

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