John Holmes was a legend of the porn industry and revered in circles as a stud. But in 1981, years after his successful career and star fading, Holmes was a desperate man with his own internal demons to live up to. He's estranged from his wife, holding onto a relationship with his teenage mistress, and living as a junkie in search of his next fix. But one fateful night left four people dead and John as a key suspect in one of the most grisly murders in Los Angeles. Was he partly responsible for what happened at Wonderland Avenue? Written by
Christina Applegate grew up near the site of the Wonderland murders and remembers seeing the bloody mattresses on the street, which led to her agreeing to take a relatively small role in the film. See more »
When they were on Eddie Nash's boat, the Duran Duran song 'Girls On Film' is playing. That particular song wasn't released until July 13, 1981. See more »
[arguing after John's told his side of the Wonderland story]
Four people get their heads bashed in and there's not a single witness? No, no, he was in that house as sure as Christ was on the cross. He did it! John Holmes killed all four of those people by himself! There were 38 sets of different prints lifted.
Any one of which could be our guy!
Including a left hand palm print, palm down, on the bed rail not two feet from Ron Lanius' head.
Wait a minute. Are you trying to tell me you think he ...
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"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »
In Every Dream Home a Heartache
Written by Bryan Ferry
Performed by Roxy Music
Published by Careers-BMG Music Publishing, Inc. (BMI) o/b/o BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
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May 2004, Wonderland is fairly new in the UK. Brilliant film of a brutal true story. If you know LA from the early 80's, you will appreciate how well it is captured. The use of the elements which make up its gritty cinematic style is original, amplifying the experience and bringing the viewer very close to actually being there. The use of a disjointed 'Pulp Fiction' style time line allows exploration of the uncertainty concerning what really happened, while the direction and performances of the cast command attention, especially Val Kilmer as John Holmes; an Oscar for sure if I were handing them out.
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