Graphic Sexual Horror Blu-ray Review

Written by Robert Gold

Blu-ray released by Synapse Films

Directed by Barbara Bell and Anna Lorentzon
Written by Barbara Bell
2009, 86 minutes, Not Rated
Released on April 23rd, 2024

Brent Scott (aka pd)
Claire Adams
Cyd Black
Lorelei Lee
Peter Ackworth
Princess Donna



In 1997, a former professor at Carnegie Mellon University started the violent porn website, devoted to bondage, fetish and sadomasochistic scenarios. Inspired by Japanese rope bondage and the art of Randa Mai and John Willie, Brent Scott (aka “pd”) managed to capture a moment and by the time the website was shut down by the Department of Homeland Security in 2005, the site had 35,000 members paying $60 a month to view its content. Now, in their documentary Graphic Sexual Horror, directors Barbara Bell and Anna Lorentzon interview pd and some of his more popular models to candidly tell the behind-the-scenes story as only true insiders can.

It is impressive how much access the directors are given to the subject and participants. There is no moral judgment or finger-pointing at the content of the website or its creator, and the models are forthright in their reasons for participating. Some were in it for the money but others simply for the thrill and the experience. The film stresses everyone was a willing participant, showing the models on camera holding their release forms acknowledging they are consenting adults. Some view the content not as pornography but as graphic art showcasing the beauty of bondage and the female form.

The ladies were well-compensated for their sessions and a safe word was provided for when they needed to stop, although using that word was greatly discouraged. Some models admit they resisted ending a session early for fear they would never be invited back. When pd felt the ladies were capitalizing on their names by appearing on competitor websites, he began identifying some of them as “model 42” or “model 19” and so on. As the site grew, pd came up with scenarios on a grander scale, including a woman submerged in a giant tank of water. pd admits the stunt was dangerous and thus canceled, but neither he nor the rigger accept responsibility for putting anyone in harm’s way.

The first hour of Graphic Sexual Horror covers the beauty of physical restraint and how extreme pain leads to a more powerful sexual release. Everyone defends the art and the artist, but in time, the darker side of pd’s world comes into focus. It is revealed pd was regularly pressuring ladies to have off-camera sexual relations with him to inspire future sessions, and he became mentally and emotionally abusive, shaming and demeaning the models. One woman says she specifically listed in the things she was uncomfortable with was having her face touched. During their session, pd repeatedly slaps her in the face and then gets angry when she is upset he crossed the line. Their following struggle is incredibly cringe-inducing. Another woman says she was only comfortable with vaginal penetration, but was anally raped by a metal sex toy. pd was prone to tantrums, constantly threatening to close the site if the women continued to resist his creativity. One session was scheduled for two days at a remote farmhouse, but lasted weeks, with everyone afraid to leave for fear of being fired.

Graphic Sexual Horror is a terrific look into a world unfamiliar to many, where an opportunistic man started off respectably before slipping into all sorts of abuse and degradation. pd is a complex and intense guy, but it’s the interviews with the women that will keep you watching. There are some comments from contemporary bondage webmasters who have followed the model, but sadly not much from the fans. This documentary is filled with captivating imagery and will likely appeal to curious viewers and die-hard fans alike.


Video and Audio:

Presented in the 1.78:1 aspect ratio, picture quality varies since the material was collected from several sources. Interviews were shot on digital video and look crisp and clean, while there is a dip in quality from the live feed clips sourced from the archives.

The DTS-HD MA 2.0 track gets the job done, as dialogue is always clear and understandable. Some of the live feed content audio is limited but acceptable.

Optional English subtitles are included for anyone in need.

Special Features:

A collection of deleted scenes (36 minutes) with pd and the models, including footage from their entrance interviews consenting to various aspects of the photo shoot is particularly interesting. Other clips include sessions featuring foot torture, hanging, confinement, caning and piercing followed by happy interviews from the models. We also hear from crew members who reflect on payments to models for harsh treatment. The final deleted scene is a montage of extreme physical bondage

More from the Models (11 minutes) is an assortment of interview odds and ends where the ladies reflect on their sessions and how the experience changed them.

An untitled interview with co-director Barbara Bell (9 minutes) details how this project came to be and her goal as a filmmaker. She talks about compensation and consent and reflects on the scene with the model where pd crosses the line of slapping her face.

A promotional trailer is also included.


Movie: Cover
Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

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Robert Gold
Staff Reviewer
Robert's favorite genres include horror (foreign and domestic), Asian cinema and pornography (foreign and domestic). His ability to seek out and enjoy shot on video (SOV) horror movies is unmatched. His love of films with a budget under $100,000 is unapologetic.
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