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Wonderland (2003)

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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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Sally Hansen
Kim Marriner ...
Reporter (as Kim Mariner)
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Gopher's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)
Karen LaKritz ...
Bartender (as Karen Lakritz)
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Guy at Bar
Slim Jim
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The '80s - unplugged. The murders - unveiled. The legend - unzipped. 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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During the production Val Kilmer became so immersed in the making of the film that he began a photography project which has blossomed into a behind-the-scenes pictorial book which he chose not to release. See more »


During a television news clip about the murders, the reporter says the Wonderland Murders is the most heinous since the Tate-Labianca murders in 1968. The murders took place in 1969. See more »


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One fantastic movie!
17 February 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I didn't expect Val Kilmer to make a convincing John Holmes, but I found myself forgetting that it wasn't the porn legend himself. In fact, the entire cast turned in amazing performances in this vastly under-rated movie.

As some have mentioned earlier, seek out the two-disc set and watch the "Wadd" documentary first; it will give you a lot of background on the story which will be helpful in appreciating the movie.

Some people seem unhappy about the LAPD crime scene video being included on the DVD. There are a number of reasons that it might have been included, one of which is that John Holmes' trial for the murders was the first ever in the United States where such footage was used by the prosecution. If you don't want to see it, it's easy to avoid; it's clearly identified as "LAPD Crime Scene Footage" on the menu!

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