members can tell Brent
what to do with the models.
Which at times does
not go as planned.
Like a scene where a model told someone earlier in
the shoot she
did not want to be slapped.
And, a member asks Brett to
slap her in the face.
does- not once but twice.
That ten minute
scene was basically a grown man wanting to control the woman and
liked it or not, just do it.
35,000 members this site had.
And eventually the government and special task force intervened and
shut down the site.
I wish that part of the story was more detailed and
But, this film does not disappoint.
If you want to see
models tell their stories and see the acts that were done to them.
This film does not skimp.
explains how he
gave the majority of
testing all the devices and making sure things are safe.
But, one does go wrong and on camera he
is yelling at KGB who does all
the equipment for him, and the argument gets heated.
Matt you can tell he
was questioning Brent's sanity,
with some of the stuff he
witnessed. It also talks about his
one model named 101 he
However, mounting pressure from the federal
government, including some nasty shenanigans that will seem familiar to
anyone who paid attention to the news during the Bush Jr. years,
resulted in the site's sale and discontinuation of new material.
The founder of the site, Brent Scott (known as "PD" to his fans), is the main focal point of Graphic Sexual Horror,
a documentary whose title refers to the disclaimer at the site's
entrance, and talks quite a bit about his rationale for jumping into
this field after what he terms as a "minor" teaching career at
His own interest began as a child when his
Wonder Woman-obsessed sister and her friends subjected him to handcuffs
and tickling, followed by exposure during his military tensure to exotic
bondage practices in Japan.
His website became an instant hit, raking
in huge amounts of money while pioneering the use of live feeds (some
lasting up to two days) and interactive live chats.
the two female directors of the documentary also include a large number
of interviews with the site models (many of whom went on to future work
on other kink sites) and other employees to provide a fascinating if
extremely unsettling portrayal of an enterprise that still draws sharply
The doc doesn't hold back either, depicting the
site's activities with a clinical eye punctuated with occasional,
surprising bits of shocking emotion (especially the sad anecdote about
model "101," who became attached to
Brent but went out in a spiral of drug use).
Many of the acts shown on INSEX
were so extreme it eventually led to their demise courtesy of The
Department of Homeland Security.
(Brent Scott) runs INSEX, and he's an engaging fellow who really
doesn't come across as the stereotype of what some of us "puritans",
would assume would host an extreme bondage website.
PD comes across as
more of an artist than a pornographer.
His meticulous nature is evident
when watching him set-up the various shots, that are later shown on the
He's also incredibly articulate on camera, a former
professor at Carnegie-Mellon University, a Vietnam veteran, and most
importantly very good to the ladies he puts in vices, nipple-clamps and
At one point during the documentary PD shows
genuine concern for one his models.
You don't really see that in too
many documentaries that focus on adult entertainment.
On the flipside,
PD, in one instance on a live-feed does cross the line with a model by
slapping her for, "copping an attitude" and trying to "gain control".
He didn't quite clear the smack with her beforehand that he'd do that.
The exchange is certainly one of the more memorable highlights of Graphic Sexual Horror.
INSEX models are paid very well ($4000 for each session.
The models and even PD
were not always complimentary about how the business was run, even
alluding to unsafe and unethical practices by Scott
The point is made
several times that the onus is always on the models to set the
boundaries of what they are comfortable with and sometimes those lines
are blurred and even crossed.
There is a very powerful scene that shows PD
slapping a model in the face after she
told him that was a no-no.
The stand-off between the two ended after a few minutes of utterly
They also did not edit out a very real argument
between PD and his metal construction artist.
I was riveted.
It is also alluded to that a lot of the models went above and beyond
their limits because of pride and money.
They allowed their submissive
roles and greed to override their own sense of self.
It seems that
there were lots of seedy and monstrous things that brought down the
insex kingdom and its king.
But whatever your feeling on the subject of
BDSM, insex or Brent Scott, Barbara Bell and Anna Lorentzon have
created something special here through their wonderful direction and
masterful editing. Graphic Sexual Horror is a disturbing, insightful and beautiful piece of work.
But alas, it wasn't. (And anyway, they already
started one of those, with 2009's Fighting.)
Graphic Sexual Horror is actually a documentary about Insex.com, a
hardcore BDSM pornographic website that existed from 1997 to 2005.
Insex, founded by Brent Scott (a.k.a. "pd"), a former professor at
Carnegie-Mellon University, was notorious for its extreme and realistic
depiction of ultra-violent S&M scenarios, broadcast via live Internet
streaming to thousands of paying subscribers.
Goldman, Insex.com's former model agent, calls Insex founder Brent "the
Michelangelo of bondage and torture," and whatever moral judgments one
might apply to Brent's obsessions, it's undeniable that the man views what he
does as something loftier than mere sexual gratification.
Brent, who states he was inspired by bondage shows put on by Japanese
geishas that he witnessed while serving in the military during the Vietnam war,
created elaborate scenarios for his videos, involving exquisitely crafted
torture devices and other gear, and highly theatrical scenes designed to convey
coercion and terror.
allegedly insisted that the models "play with
him" off-camera, pressured into engaging in BDSM with him or risk being
harassed or fired.
Scott started off depicting his twisted bondage fantasies with
paint, but when money got tight he launched Insex.com.
modelâ€™s limits, but often pushed these to capture true horror.
also asked many of the girls to stay and play with him for free after a
session, which would involve things like watersports or sex.
didnâ€™t have to stay but if they refused they often werenâ€™t invited
The idea of exploitation emerges but it is only superficially
addressed in the film.
Another ethical question a site like Insex raises, but the DVD
ignores, is if this type of porn is an outlet or an instigator for
Scottâ€™s own interest in bondage stemmed from a
childhood incident when he was tied up by his female cousins and
tickled until he reached his first orgasm.
His BDSM preferences were
reinforced during his military service in Vietnam where he saw bondage
Scott admits the work of serial killers like the
Hillside Strangler influences him.
He also concedes that running Insex
turned him into a monster who thought he could do whatever he wanted
with models because he was paying them.