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Socket (2010)

Matthew Montgomery , Alexandra Billings , Sean Abley  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew Montgomery, Alexandra Billings, Derek Long, Rasool Jahan, Allie Rivenbark
  • Directors: Sean Abley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Color, Dolby, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: July 14, 2007
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011B9W74
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,580 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Socket" on IMDb

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Queer as Folk taking place in General Hospital but directed by David Cronenberg! --Mark Harper, Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival

Product Description

Dr. Bill Matthews is struck by lighting. While recovering at the hospital where he works, he begins an intimate relationship with Dr. Craig Murphy, who invites Bill to join a strange group of lightning survivors.

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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gay geeks unite! March 18, 2008
Format:DVD
Tired of AIDS, coming of age, that first relationship, and campy fabulousness being the only subjects of queer cinema? Ready for a gay film where the sexual orientation of the characters is treated in a matter-of-fact manner and secondary to the actual storytelling? Do you like good ole fashioned sci-fi/horror genre entertainment? Then Socket is a movie you'll want to check out.

I managed to catch this at the LA G&L film festival last year, and I have to say it was a breath of fresh year. I'm gay, but I'm also a true blue geek who loves good sci-fi and horror movies. And let's face it, it's not like anyone is trampling over themselves to make movies for gay geeks. So to discover Socket, with it's quirky premise, solid writing, and great performances, that just also happened to have some super steamy sex scenes thrown in, was truly a nice surprise. I'm glad to see that the film secured a distributor so that more people will be able to see it - and I hope that it's a big success so that more movies like it will get made in the future.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Socket to me April 23, 2008
Format:DVD
I enjoyed this movie. Even though it's not the best movie of any of the genres it crosses, it certainly is not "the worst gay movie ever", as touted in the hyperbolic reviews which trash it. SOCKET has a unique premise and carries it out well. Without over-analyzing the physics or having a degree in engineering, I was able to sit back and enjoy a fun ride with likable characters and a light presentation. I was a little disappointed because, I don't know why, I expected more gore. I guess when I learned of the concept of the movie, I thought it sounded very David Cronenberg... so I imagined there'd be more gore. One of the positive aspects of the movie is that it is a movie with gay characters that isn't about being gay. I think it has cross-over appeal for a hetero audience not afraid of seeing men naked as much as we see Sharon Stone naked in her "thrillers". Also, the nudity isn't as gratuitous as other reviwews here would have you believe. This isn't one of those movies that's all about sex & naked gays with a loose story hung around it. Here, the story and characters come first. I think the problem other reviewers had with this movie was a preconcieved notion of what they were going to see. I was disappointed with the lack of gore when I was expecting buckets, but I realize it wasn't the movie makers' fault I expected that without knowing the movie well before seeing it. I guess the movie is at least unique in the fact that its premise has a lot of possibilities- I think it is worth a look with an open mind and few preconcieved notions.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars - A Very Original Premise with a Too Common Plot - March 26, 2008
Format:DVD
*Note: There are minor spoilers in this review.* --- SOCKET is a good SF horror film. The disappointing thing is, it could have been a great one. --- This movie's creative concept is that some people who are struck by lightning are then able to become quasi-sexually stimulated by electricity. These few meet together in a small, secret group and give themselves electrical highs. --- SOCKET then becomes the horror cliché story of a Strange Thing (blood, brain parts, salt, lifeforce, etc.) That Becomes An Addiction and ends with another cliché, The Horror Still Lives! --- (The Strange Addiction theme can be done with greatness: watch Roger Corman's X - THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES.) --- This is a well-done movie even with a low-budget that had to be filmed in 9 days. Many of the actors are excellent; one reason I bought this DVD was for Matthew Montgomery, who I've followed since his appearance in a fan-made STAR TREK web episode. --- The main reason I bought it is I *really* love SF&F&H and if it's gay-related that's a *big* plus. --- Beyond its standard plot, there are several serious problems that make enjoying SOCKET difficult. First, the movie's transfer to DVD seems to have been done at a low audio level. Once the film began I had to turn my TV's volume to nearly twice it's normal level to make it audible. (After the end credits, I was blasted by loud music when the disc returned to the menu.) --- Next, of great importance in all speculative film/fiction is to have a consistent universe *within* its story. SOCKET fails this in two ways. There is the often presence of TVs with static-filled screens. I had thought the electrically-charged character's body interfered with electronics, but this was contradicted by his using a cell phone and computer without problems. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars fizzled March 2, 2009
Format:DVD
The premise of this movie is intriguing and the allegorical parallels to drug addiction are actually well portrayed. Unfortunately the very low production values seriously degrade this film. Let's face it, open heart surgery in a dimly lit room that looks like it's in a warehouse basement??! I could go on and on with examples of not only poor sets, but of cheesy lighting, poor sound, and horror elements that are about as scary as shelling peanuts. The transfer quality to the dvd is pretty awful, too; washed out colors, & erratic volume. Perhaps this movie was more enjoyable on the big screen?? Two stars for the eye candy and maybe a half star for the effort...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ummm... Yeah... One can imagine getting off with electricity... In Fact, If I rememeber correctly, I think it HAS been done... One can also hypothesize about the ideals set in this film, in that, the storyline, & concepts. I expected a HELL of a lot more, but was story was an absolute jumble, & a complete joke.

While the character referencing was brilliant, and each persona has their own lifestyle, I think thats all the movie remains. While it seems that they are all somehow connected (ignoring the obvious innuendo), they remain out of touch with one another so terribly, that it leaves the viewer wondering "What the...?!"...

I don't think this film works, for what its worth... It could have been done a LOT better, But thats just the folly of it all... I mean, Come On... Sticking forks into sockets & Getting off???! Sounds just as bad as the current fad of "Planking" seeping accross the world...

Oh well, worth the watch, but a pointless buy plain & Simple.

You have been warned
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Did not like it at all.
Published 10 days ago by Wes Kuykendall
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty intense
I have a pretty good collection of gay movies. And I am glad I purchased this one. Puts a different light of what some gays will do. I have never met a gay man I did not like.
Published 8 months ago by mido
2.0 out of 5 stars Some holes should never be plugged...
Socket (Sean Abley, 2007)

A while back, I reviewed a ridiculous, but quite amusing, little movie called The Gay Bed and Breakfast of Terror. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert Beveridge
4.0 out of 5 stars Linda's Thoughts on "Socket"
Socket is a unique collaboration of Dr. Frankenstein and Dr. Jekyll, creating a galvanic Mr. Hyde. Dr. Bill Matthews (Derek Long) is hospitalized after being struck by lightning. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Linda Davis
2.0 out of 5 stars Socket
I shouldn't have to say why I rate a movie. It really isn't your business it is a reminder I have seen it for me.. no one else. Just know that I didn't like it.
Published 15 months ago by John Bryant
4.0 out of 5 stars A+ for originality and great acting. Cool storyline.
Interesting storyline twist on addiction. Great chemestry between main characters( Matthew Montgomery is magnificent) Nothing like you have ever seen before! you will love it!
Published 17 months ago by movie mama
5.0 out of 5 stars Electrifying
Matthew Montgomery and Derek Long were fantastic in this sci-fi thriller. I really enjoyed the movie with both guys in it.
Published 18 months ago by cyndilei
2.0 out of 5 stars This is wild
Strange and bizzare. Acting Ok... the problem is it's a bad story... Major disappointment... don't easte your time or money.
Published 19 months ago by Joe
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a Great Movie But Watchable
I would buy this dvd because of Matthew Montgomery. I you are a fan of his this is a must and the full frontal nudityof Matthew Montgomery is well worth the price of this dvd even... Read more
Published 20 months ago by no can do
1.0 out of 5 stars Those are 93 minutes I'm never getting back in my life!
I don't know if the makers of this movie intended to create some type of metaphor for society's abundant drug use, or if it's just a somewhat glammed-up extreme and creative... Read more
Published on August 21, 2012 by Angel P. Rua
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