Synapse Films is releasing a DVD of Barbara Bell and Anna Lorentzon's highly controversial documentary Graphic Sexual Horror on August 23, 2010. The subject of the film is Brent PD Scott, creator of a U.S. based bondage and S&M site called INSEX.COM. By the time the site was shut down by the Department of Homeland Security, it had accumulated 35,000 members who paid $60 a month for access.
After premiering at Slamdance in 2009, Graphic Sexual Horror played a number of festivals including Hot Docs, Fantasia, and CineKink. Fantasia called it "a subtle and intelligent reflection on the topic." Actually, the film is far from subtle. Graphic Sexual Horror is just as focused on documenting Brent PD Scott's painful degrading bondage scenarios as it is on trying to figure out his motivations for creating such work. Indeed, the graphic nature of the film lead to it being pulled from Amazon VOD after a week despite of strong sales. Synapse Films deserves some credit for picking this up and giving people the chance to draw their own conclusions.