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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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Gopher (scenes deleted)
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Gopher's Girlfriend (scenes deleted)
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Steve Cox ...
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Slim Jim
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Louis
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Cherokee
Chris Cioffi ...
Letterman Meathead
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Storyline

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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The '80s - unplugged. The murders - unveiled. The legend - unzipped. See more »


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

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24 October 2003 (USA)  »

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The Wonderland Murders  »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

£84,345 (UK) (7 May 2004)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Right after the opening credits of the movie when John pulls up to the wonderland house, on the right side, you can spot a spanking new Volvo S80 in a driveway of one of the houses next door. See more »

Quotes

Sam Nico: [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.
Billy Ward: Any one of which could be our guy!
Sam Nico: Including a left hand palm print, palm down, on the bed rail not two feet from Ron Lanius' head.
Billy Ward: 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 »

Connections

References The Jade Pussycat (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Search and Destroy
(1973)
Written by Iggy Pop and James Williamson
Performed by Iggy Pop (as Iggy) and The Stooges
Published by Bug Music Inc., o/b/o James Osterberg Music (BMI) and Strait James Music (BMI)
Used by Permission of Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc.
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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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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