Thursday, August 1, 2013

Wonderland (2003)

This movie would have been perfect for my salute to addiction flicks a couple of years ago!

Synopsis: Scumbag A breaks into the home of Scumbag B, and rips him off. Scumbag B retaliates by icing Scumbag A and his buddies. Scumbag C (a friend of A) claims the entire thing was orchestrated by Scumbag D. Not surprisingly, Scumbag D replies that Scumbag C is a lying piece of you-know-what. 

Blurb From the VHS Jacket: “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.”

What Did I Learn?: If you sell cocaine, DON'T hang out with your cokehead clients. And if you're dumb enough to invite them into your place, for fuck's sake don't even THINK about revealing the existence or location of your personal safe.  

Really?: Wonderland is based upon a real-life crime, and it seems pretty true-to-form. That said, it seems bizarre that John Holmes would knock on Eddie Nash's door after the robberies, and guess what - according to, he didn't. Nash's buddies saw him wearing some jewelry from the rip-off, and accosted him.

Rating: Wonderland is scuzzy with a capital S. The film opens with a difficult-to-watch scene involving Holmes' girlfriend taking advantage of the hospitality of a religious do-gooder (Carrie Fisher), but soon after becomes a compelling crime drama. Its biggest problem, however, is that none of the main characters are even remotely likeable (which wouldn't be a problem, except they aren't terribly interesting, either - cokeheads and thugs, mostly), so it's tough to give a crap about any of them. 7/10 stars.

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