Wonderland (2003)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  24 October 2003 (USA)
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In the police investigation of a brutal crime scene, one man was at the center of it all: legendary porn star John Holmes.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Hansen
Kim Marriner ...
Reporter (as Kim Mariner)
Gopher (scenes deleted)
Gopher's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)
Karen LaKritz ...
Bartender (as Karen Lakritz)
Steve Cox ...
Guy at Bar
Slim Jim
Chris Cioffi ...
Letterman Meathead


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 monkeykingma

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Sex, drugs, murder. Welcome to L.A. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence/grisly images, pervasive drug use and language, some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 October 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wonderland Murders  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$91,798 (USA) (3 October 2003)


£84,345 (UK) (7 May 2004)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lions Gate was not sure how to market this film due to the significant drug content, intermittent porn reference and the brutal violence depicted. The content in question remained, but the film then was only given a limited theatrical release in the domestic market for awards consideration. See more »


When Sally Hansen walks in on John and Dawn's "moment" in the bathroom, Dawn's panties are on even though John had just removed them or pulled them down a few seconds earlier. See more »


David Lind: Billy. Billy was a good old boy. Solid. Depenable. He wanted to get out of the life but the life, was just to good. See they were getting large quanties of shit, dirty cheap, steppin on it five, six times and then dumpin it all over town. Business was so good that they needed an extra hand which is when Barbara, and I showed up. When we pulled up the party was in full swing bodies were everywhere. It was the kind of place that made you think that you were right back in the summer of love. Me, ...
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Crazy Credits

"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »


References Evening Magazine (1976) See more »


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Not too Bad..
28 February 2004 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

I've read many negative reviews of this movie and finally got a chance to see it on DVD. To be honest I really don't know what the problem with it is.

It's a decent murder mystery thriller, shown from various points of view, from an eccentric cast of often drugged out potential killers/suspects, including the late porn king, John Holmes. Please read the plot synopsis for the exact details of the movie's plot - I wish to contribute more to a review than a synopsis.

Many reviewers went so far to give this movie their lowest rating due to violence but I really don't see it. MANY modern movies were worse - Saving Private Ryan was ultimately more violent than this movie, which often relies on implied blood stains than actual brutal slayings (the murders depicted in this film were done with lead pipes, afterall).

I was enthralled with both halves of the movie - the first showing John Holmes as a hopeless cash hungry drug addict, and the second half showing his side as a minor conspirator in a senseless bloodbath. The movie has excellent acting, even though Dylan McDemorant looks more than a bit out of place in his biker-esque personia and goatee'ed bad boy personality.

The soundtrack was also awesome - a fantastic mix of 70's B-side rock and obscure pop, spread out over a couple of hours in all the right places ala Boogie Nights.

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