On the afternoon of July 1, 1981, Los Angeles police responded to a distress call on Wonderland Avenue and discovered a grisly quadruple homicide. The police investigation that followed uncovered two versions of the events leading up to the brutal murders - both involving legendary porn actor John Holmes. You're about to experience both versions.
|Release Date||:||October 23, 2003|
|Genres||:||Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller|
|Production Company||:||Lions Gate Films|
|Production Countries||:||Canada, United States of America|
|Writers||:||James Cox, Captain Mauzner, Todd Samovitz, D. Loriston Scott|
|Casts||:||Val Kilmer, Dylan McDermott, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Lisa Kudrow, Eric Bogosian, Christina Applegate, Carrie Fisher, Tim Blake Nelson, Janeane Garofalo, Natasha Gregson Wagner, Ted Levine, Russell Sams, M.C. Gainey, Scoot McNairy, Joleigh Fioravanti, Kim Marriner, Louis Lombardi|
|Plot Keywords||:||robbery, junkie, investigation, porno star, murder, los angeles, violence, drug|
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!