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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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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

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  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$1,056,102 (USA) (28 November 2003)

Company Credits

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the real life story, John did not call Eddie Nash after the robbery at his place. Rather, John was spotted by some of Nash's associates in Hollywood. They noticed that John was wearing some of the jewelry that was stolen in the robbery and told Nash about it. John was then accosted by two gunmen who then took him to Nash for questioning. See more »


When John is being interviewed/questioned by Billy Ward, the cigarette's length actually keeps changing from long to shorter then back again. See more »


Eddie Nash: You're going to do to those guys on Wonderland, what you did to me!
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Crazy Credits

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


References House Calls (1979) See more »


Maggot Brain
Written by George Clinton (as Clinton) and Eddie Hazel (as Hazel)
Performed by Funkadelic
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I've waited since 1988 for this!
9 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

I once read an article by Jonathon Ross about John Holmes, and in it he described a pathetic figure whose celebrity status in the arena of porn deteriorated into a life of drug abuse, betrayal, gang involvement and murder...oh, and his eventual death due to Aids. What a great premise for a film!

I enjoyed Wonderland and was gripped all the way though.It was Holmes' dependence on drugs that meant he was eventually dropped from the porn industry, he could no longer perform or 'get it up'. From there his life spiralled and this is where Wonderland starts.

The story is not only presented in a very factual way, ( nearly every police statement and event occurred as shown ), but the pace in unrelenting and the acting convincing. Kilmer does a good job on Holmes - a bit like his Jim Morrison, he gets the druggie, spaced out feel just right.

The re-telling of events through different perspectives is also impressive, if not original and although there is no real tension in the film this is not a criticism. This is not supposed to be a suspense film or a thriller, it is much better than that. It is a true account of lives which interest us and which most of us have difficulty comprehending - apologies to drug dealers, murderers and porn stars.

When the actual murders occur they are brutal and dramatic, interspersing real footage of the murder scene into the action. Gory and fascinating, and i'm sure most of you do the pause or slow-mo run after.

I'm a sucker for information being handed out at the end of films and Wonderland doesn't disappoint. We find out about all the main protagonists and of course we all know what happened to John. Full credit to the director, I was waiting for this film to be made since 1988 and am not disappointed!

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