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
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 Ron is enraged with John, while at Wonderland, he picks up some sort of entertainment component (VCR, Cassette Player, etc...) and throws it through the picture window which crashes into the street below. Not only were there no cables attached to the component but the picture window was actually showing shatter marks before it flew into pieces when being hit by the component. See more »
Wait a minute... John Holmes? Thee John Holmes? Johnny Wadd partyed at Wonderland?
All the time. The guy is a fucking coke head. He's up to his neck in this shit.
All right, who's John Holmes?
The porn king. Sam, the guy's a legend.
Never heard of him.
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"score recorded and mixed by Fredrik Sarhagen" is credited twice. See more »
Good Times Roll
Written by Ric Ocasek
Performed by The Cars
Published by Lido Music, Inc.
Administered by BMG Songs, Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group
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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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