Socket (film)

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Directed bySean Abley
Produced byJohn Carrozza
Doug Prinzivalli
Matt Mishkoff
Sean Abley
Written bySean Abley
StarringDerek Long
Matthew Montgomery
Rasool Jahan
Allie Rivenbark
Alexandra Billings
Music byJennifer Kes Remington
CinematographyIvan Corona
Edited byDavid Kittredge
Distributed byTLA Releasing
Release date
  • July 14, 2007 (2007-07-14) (Philadelphia International
    Gay and Lesbian Film Festival)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Socket is an independent sci-fi erotic thriller directed by Sean Abley, produced by John Carrozza, Sean Abley, Matt Mishkoff and Doug Prinzivalli, and starring Derek Long as Dr. Bill and Matthew Montgomery as Dr. Craig Murphy. It was released in 2007.


Socket is a dark sexual tale of a gay man being drawn into a cult of electricity addicts after being struck by lightning. Bill (Derek Long), a surgeon, is struck by lightning and winds up recovering in his own hospital. There he meets an intern named Craig (Matthew Montgomery), who suffered the same natural accident and has developed an appetite - a capacitance - for electrical voltage. After meeting him, Bill realizes he has the same craving. Craig introduces him to an underground group of people who all share this addiction. Bill then uses his surgical knowledge to come up with a method of inserting electric sockets and prongs into the members' wrists so they can "juice up". But after Bill accidentally discovers that he can mainline electricity from living people, he becomes hooked on absorbing this particular kind of power.


Supporting cast includes Sean Abley, Jay Costelo, Georgia Jean, Victor López, Amy Sidney, Sandy Lawson, Alisha Seaton and Bridgette Wright as members of "the group".

Also appearing in smaller roles are Andrew Pinon, Bobaloo Koenig, Krista Pelen, Shanee Wilson, Staci Mallett, Rhoda Pell, Mari Marks, Timothy J. Hearl, Doug Prinzivalli, Tony Spatafora, Shannon Lee, Erin Scott, Ray Tutano, Eddie Borey, Brad Taylor, John Carrozza, Jessica Jones and Gage Hubbard.

Release history[edit]

Socket had its World Premiere on July 14, 2007 at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival and was followed by its West Coast Premiere on July 20 in Los Angeles at Outfest 07. It was released on DVD on 25 March 2008 by TLA Releasing in the US. On 9 June 2008, the DVD was released in Europe.[1]


The film was awarded an AT&T Pioneers: Best of Festival Award jury prize at The Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival in November 2007.


Don Willmott from also noted "low-powered sci-fi exercise is actually a soft-core gay skin flick masquerading as some kind of "thriller" ".[2] Martin Gray from was more savage about the film, saying "thriller isn't the word I'd use to describe the film - "borer" maybe. "Stupid", "insulting" and "witless" also come to mind. Let's be generous and go for a phrase or two such as "badly written" and "ineptly acted"." [3]


  1. ^ "Socket". Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Socket (2007)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 13 June 2019.
  3. ^ "Socket". eyeforfilm. Retrieved 13 June 2019.

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