Bryan Kocis (also known as Bryan Phillips) was the founder of Cobra Video, a gay porn production company specializing in twink videos featuring guys in the 18 to 23 year age bracket. Initially the Cobra Video releases starred twinks in solo performances, but later the studio moved towards the bareback video market and became the pioneer of American bareback twink porn. Cobra Video established itself in February 2001 and produced some amazing bareback porn, which unfortunately came to an end when Bryan Kocis was brutally murdered in his home on January 24, 2007 by Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes. This post has been published on the fourth anniversary of Bryan’s death and is a tribute to his work and his studio Cobra Video.

While there were a number of awesome bareback videos released by Cobra Video, both Bryan Kocis and Cobra Video were surrounded by controversy at times, which unfortunately tarnished both the producer and his studio. According to information sourced through Wikipedia, in 2002 police found a videotape of then 39 year-old Bryan Kocis and a 15 year-old boy in his home. Bryan Kocis plead guilty to one count of sexual abuse of a child, after he allegedly met the boy on the internet and transported him to his hometown. Bryan Kocis was initially charged with child pornography and transportation of a minor for sexual purposes, but Bryan Kocis claimed as a defense that the teenage boy lied about his age and the charge was later downgraded.

In another incident involving an underage boy, it came to light that Brent Corrigan, one of Cobra Video’s models was underage at the time he appeared in a number of videos released by the studio. One of these videos was Bareboned Twinks, a bareback video featuring a scene with Brent Corrigan and Brent Everett. In 2005, Cobra Video’s distributor Pacific Sun Entertainment pulled four videos from sale. The three non-bareback videos were Every Poolboy’s Dream, Schoolboy Crush and Casting Couch 4. Bareboned Twinks is still available for viewing via Video On Demand, but the scene featuring Brent Corrigan and Brent Everett has been removed to enable the video to be watched legally.

Fuck Me Raw - Cobra Video

It is believed that Brent Corrigan may have been one of the reasons why Bryan Kocis was murdered, although he was not involved in any way with the murder. Cobra Video signed Brent Corrigan as an exclusive model, so when Norfolk Companions Inc., owners and operators of a website called Boy Batter wanted Brent Corrigan to work for them, an issue erupted because they were unable to have Brent Corrigan appear in their films whilst he was contracted to Cobra Video. Norfolk Companions Inc. was an escort business owned and operated by Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes, who are now both serving life in prison without parole for the murder of Bryan Kocis. There were also legal issues involving the use of the Brent Corrigan name, when Cobra Video claimed the studio owned the trademark and prevented Brent Corrigan from using his name elsewhere. Bryan Kocis was found dead in his Pennsylvania home in the Dallas Township on January 24, 2007 where the Luzerne County coroner found that he was stabbed 28 times, had his throat cut and then his body was left in his house before it was set on fire.

Bryan Kocis was passionate about male youth and pursued this passion by photographing twinks and he managed to find some amazing talent to appear in his videos. Bryan’s motto was “Capturing the Erotic Essence of Youth”. Bryan certainly did that, but unfortunately his passion for youth sometimes landed him in trouble, particularly the issues surrounding Brent Corrigan not being the legal age of eighteen years when he started working with Cobra Video. It is understood that false identification may have been used by Brent Corrigan to break into the adult industry and it only became known that Brent Corrigan was underage when Brent Corrigan (Sean Lockhart) and Bryan Kocis were involved in a legal battle over the use of the Brent Corrigan name. This article is about celebrating the work of Bryan Kocis, but it’s important to provide this background because it forms part of the world of Bryan Kocis and his company Cobra Video.

In an article by Brady Jansen from >Adult Video News Magazine in April 2003 titled Cobra Video: Charming the Snake we are introduced to Bryan Phillips (Bryan Kocis) and how he found his way into the porn industry. The article explains that Bryan pretty much handled every aspect of Cobra Video, from customer service to video production and clearly he enjoyed his work. Bryan had a background in health care and pursued an education in photography and business. It was Bryan befriending a porn scout which introduced him to the porn business, where he worked as a second cameraman and was offered a referral fee if he found any models. After his friend disappeared, Bryan decided to create his own gay porn company and Cobra Video was born. Cobra’s key ingredients for success included a keen eye for good sex, free of fancy productions and stories and hot young guys. Bryan added that he will continue with Cobra Video “until it’s not fun anymore”.

Cobra Video was well-known and is still known for it’s range of bareback twink videos and I will always hold the opinion that Cobra Video was the founder of American bareback twink porn. Other studios still pursue the bareback twink theme, including Bare Twinks and Helix Studios, but Cobra Video will always remain the first American bareback twink video production company in my eyes. Bryan was also passionate about his bareback models swapping bodily fluids, so in most of his later videos the bareback scenes included breeding scenes where the top either came inside the bottom or he pulled out to ejaculate before thrusting his dick back inside for some post-ejaculate fucking.

Cream BBoys - Cobra Video

The bareback videos released by Cobra Video include Austin’s Beach Buddies (2001) featuring 3 bareback scenes, A Boy’s Raw Urges (2004) featuring 4 bareback scenes, Bareback Beach Boyz (2002) featuring 4 bareback scenes, Bareback Twink Orgy (2003) featuring 4 bareback scenes, Bareboned Twinks (2005) featuring 4 bareback scenes (excluding the deleted scene), Campus Boyz 3 (2004) featuring 3 bareback scenes, Cream BBoys (2006) featuring 5 bareback scenes, Fuck Me Raw (2006) featuring 5 bareback scenes, Naughty Boy’s Toys (2006) featuring 1 bareback scene and Take It Like A Bad Boy (2007) featuring 5 bareback scenes.

Take It Like A Bad Boy was the 22nd and final video production released by Cobra Video under the direction of Bryan Kocis. An interesting point is that Take It Like A Bad Boy was originally titled Take It Like A Bitch Boy. I believe that the name was changed after Bryan Kocis’ death. Bryan died four years ago today, so it would have been interesting to see the bareback videos Bryan would have released had he remained alive. Even though Bryan passed away in 2007, the Cobra Video website remains active and you get an unusual sensation when you visit, because it’s like it has been suspended in time. You can almost feel that Bryan’s spirit is present and the website is just waiting for the next Cobra Video to be released. Unfortunately, this will never happen again under Bryan’s direction, which is why we must appreciate his good work and acknowledge some of the aspects which may not have been so good, but made up the man who introduced American bareback twink porn to the world.

Take It Like A Bad Boy - Cobra Video

Cobra Video managed to create some amazing videos and this was through basic technology and inexpensive sets, but it was the creative talent of Bryan Kocis which managed to turn what could have been bad video productions into great ones. In addition to this, the performers were enthusiastic about their work, perhaps because Bryan Kocis actively sought new talent for his studio and the models had not worked in the industry before. This energetic element worked in the favor of Cobra Video, because the guys were excited about having sex with other hot guys and being paid for the pleasure. Cobra Video also captured the essence of reality through the use of hotel rooms for filming, live sound, natural lighting, unique camera angles and guys working in front of the camera for the first time. These factors combined together gave an edge of realness which moved away from the tacky studio sets, cheesy role-plays and annoying music.

What seemed like the end of Cobra Video may not be with the announcement towards the end of 2010 via the Adult Video News website that EuroMedia Distribution signed a deal to become the exclusive worldwide distributor of Cobra Video. The media release states that not only will they be working with the still-popular back catalog, they will also be overseeing a re-branding of the line and introducing some new releases and never-before-seen product to the market. The media release goes on to say that EuroMedia will also be exclusively handling broadcast, web licensing and mobile rights for the line. This is certainly an interesting development and I cannot wait to see if barebacking will form part of the new line expected to be released under the EuroMedia banner.

Bryan Kocis

R.I.P. Bryan Kocis
May 28, 1962 – January 24, 2007

Further Reading:

  1. Adult Video News
    http://business.avn.com/company-news/EuroMedia-Distribution-Inks-Deal-to-Become-Exclusive-Worldwide-Distributor-of-Famed-COBRA-VIDEO-415898.html
  2. Bryan Kocis – Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Kocis
  3. Cobra Video – Official Website
    http://www.cobravideo.com/
  4. Cobra Video – Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobra_Video

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5 Comments
cka2nd June 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm Reply

I honestly can’t say whether or not Bryan Kocis was a decent human being or not; the opinions of people who knew and/or worked with him seem very much split on the matter. What I appreciate about this remembrance is that it puts the focus back on Kocis’ work as a porn producer and director. I’ve seen a fair amount of twink porn over the last 10 or so years and Kocis is still the standard against whom all other gay porn, especially gay twink porn, producer and directors should be measured.

The sex in a Cobra Video film was usually hotter and more real than in other pornos, the performers more enthusiastic and engaged. They were also less likely to be pigeonholed as exclusively tops or bottoms, or have bodies that all seemed cut from the same mold. Kocis varied his shots and never fell into a rut like some other directors of relying too much on close-ups and one-man shots. He understood that the reactions of the performers being fucked or sucked could be sexy as hell, and that the interplay between their whole bodies heightened our experience as viewers. Even the dialogue was better in a Kocis-helmed film, as the storylines were neither overblown like so much mainstream gay porn nor so threadbare that you wished they hadn’t even bothered, as in most twink porn.

The roster of Cobra Video performers was very deep the last few years, with versatile “second male leads” like Corey Savage (a personal favorite) and Shaun Ferrera who could be plugged into any scene with virtually any performer and make it a winner, curly-haired Lance Evans, the big-dicked and funny Southerner, Trevor Peterson, the beautiful Cameron Lane and a young man called Cody Lockheart who improved as a performer maybe 500% between his first and second films. That’s not even counting the stars of the early (Austin, Ethan) and later (Brents C. and E.) years. And if the featured models of the middle years – Brandon and Armon – weren’t quite as charismatic as their peers, they still led casts that were talented, hot and deep.

I miss the films that Bryan Kocis should have made the last four years, the performances he could have gotten out of his casts, and the enjoyment I would have received from watching them. R.I.P.

syko July 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm Reply

I was searching for a video made by Cobra, “Bareback Twink Orgy” and your article was in the results. This remembrance seems to be unusual in that it paints a fairer picture of Bryan, as far as I know, though, like the previous commenter, I have no personal knowledge of his character and, as was said, different models have different recollections of their relationships with him.

The reason I am writing is to pose a question and to report on one model’s experience with Bryan, as told to me by that model after his employment with Cobra.

The question has to do with “Brent Corrigan.” In an interview, “Brent” confirms to Bryan that he offered THREE forms of identification at the time of his hiring by Cobra to prove he was of legal age but, in all the controversy over this issue, his culpability for committing this fraud on Bryan has been overlooked or forgiven while Bryan has been demonized and, while alive, deprived of the income he would have received had “Brent” not deliberately lied and offered forged documents, and I would like to know why this unequal treatment of making Bryan the “fall guy” when both “Brent” and his then-boyfriend (whose name I can’t remember) perpetrated this fraud?

The story told to me by the model, “Mark Taylor,” involves his initial interview with Bryan. While he was sitting on the couch, naked, being interviewed by Bryan, “Mark” says that Bryan attempted to fondle his penis, an action that ceased when “Mark” reached for the knife he had with him. (Does anyone know of similar experiences with other models?) Later, after filming one scene of what was supposed to be two, “Mark” and his then-boyfriend, “Dustin,” left, taking their $1000 each payment that had been made to them based upon their agreement to perform in two scenes with them, leaving Bryan to fill in the missing scene with other actors, costing Bryan more money. Seems like there isn’t much honor among at least these particular people in the porn industry.

Despite that, what happened to Bryan was terrible and, though your remembrance briefly mentions the circumstances of his death, it seems to have been sanitized to some extent by omitting details that would show how terrible this crime was, circumstances like Bryan’s being drugged by Harlow before Joe came in to administer the “coup de grace,” an action that nearly severed Bryan’s head from his body, leaving his corpse in a fire that was so intense, he could only be identified through dental records, but before setting this fire, Harlow and Joe ransacked the place, stealing Bryan’s camera, Rolex, and computer that contained the files about his models, including their release forms. I can’t think of anyone who would deserve this kind of death, a history documented in a book and e-book titled “Cobra Killer” in case anyone wants more information on the subject.

Brad Berrigan July 8, 2016 at 5:27 am Reply

I’m glad you were able to find this article Syko. The reason I originally wrote the article was based on some of the things I was reading online painting quite a vicious picture of Bryan, where important details that contradicted some of the bad things were being conveniently overlooked. I wanted to create an article that created a balance and I hope I have achieved this. You have actually identified an important point, which is the fact that Bryan Kocis asked Brent Corrigan to provide him with evidence confirming he was at least eighteen years of age, which is what any reputable porn producer would request to remain compliant with the law. This is the issue that caused the controversy and the financial loss that resulted from several videos being removed from sale once it was established that Brent was underage in some of his scenes. It was reported in the book “Cobra Killer”, which I have read and purchased a copy of both in hardcover and electronic format, that Bryan was aware that the identification Brent used may have been suspect and I think this might have been how Bryan found himself in this situation. It would be nice to know the truth, because there seems to be some questions raised that we will never be able to answer now that Bryan has passed away.

Bryan was reported to have been close to his models and I have also heard reports that he had sex with some of his models, so the story you have been told is consistent with this, but it would be nice to have everything in full context – was Bryan demonstrating something, was he trying to hit on the potential model, was he reviewing his dick during the recruitment process, there could have been a couple of things going on as to why Bryan may have touched Mark’s penis.

You are correct in stating that I have sanitized the details surrounding Bryan’s death, because after having heard some of the details about what happened, Bryan’s murder was gruesome and unwarranted and I wanted to spare my readers some of the despair. I have read Cobra Killer, but I do wish that I had not read some of the terrible things that happened to him, because I can’t get some of these things out of my mind. I am saddened by the whole thing, how many lives have been ruined by what happened and I do believe that Brent Corrigan should have been held more accountable, because some of his actions such as associating with a competing studio when he was under contract as an exclusive model with Cobra Video fed the greed of the two guys at Boy Batter who later committed the murder of Bryan. I’m sure Brent didn’t know what extent these guys may have gone to, but he did what he did (and possibly more than we will ever know) and we have seen the outcome resulting in the death of one person, the imprisonment of two people and the destruction of two porn studios. I have never promoted anything about Brent Corrigan here and I never will, I only discuss him when it’s necessary and while I have plenty of things I would love to say about him, I feel that it’s best to contain my thoughts about him, as they aren’t very nice. On a positive note, I would like to thank you for contributing to this article Syko.

syko July 8, 2016 at 12:42 pm Reply

Thanks for the replay and for the information on Bryan finding “Brent’s” ID “suspect” – I either missed that point or have forgotten it; however, it was “Brent” who supplied the IDs, either valid or false and either on his own or with the help of his then-boyfriend – they weren’t supplied by Bryan – so “Brent” does have some culpability, IMHO and, therefore, bears at least some of the responsibility, if only morally (a strange word to use in a case like this, I guess) for what happened subsequently. Maybe someday, once their hopes for a reversal of their convictions or divine intercession or whatever else is holding them back have been dashed, Harlow or Joe will decide that telling the world the truth, as far as they know, about what happened would be preferable to allowing others to write the narrative about their lives.

Btw, in “Mark’s” opinion, Bryan’s actions in touching his penis were done for Bryan’s sexual gratification, not for instruction on “Mark’s” acting technique or some other “innocent” reason. This story was related to me before Bryan’s murder, so it was not influenced by these events.

Thanks, again, for allowing me to comment and for posting the original article as well as your response.

Brad Berrigan July 9, 2016 at 3:26 am Reply

You’re welcome for the information about Brent’s identification Syko. From memory, the author reported that Brent turned up to film scenes without having his identification with him, but Bryan still filmed scenes and insisted that Brent provide him with the identification so the scenes could be compliant. I can’t remember the specifics, but from memory the book alluded to Bryan having the “make it happen” attitude and Brent made it happen, with fake identification which then resulted in the problem Bryan experienced. I agree that Brent supplied the identification, so he should be responsible for ensuring that the identification was legitimate so Bryan could have had accurate information on record. It would be nice for Harlow Cuadra or Joseph Kerekes to reveal exactly what happened one day when they are ready and maybe Brent Corrigan could reveal more details too if there’s more to the story he would like to share.

I did think that Mark was touched in a sexual way based on some of the reports about Bryan having sex with his models, but I wanted to explore other possibilities, which is important in case something was taken out of context and I do appreciate you clarifying this for me. I also appreciate the additional information about this being relayed to you before Bryan’s murder. Thank you for contributing to this topic Syko. 🙂

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