It was a match made in hell: Dawn Schiller was a year-old high school student; John Holmes was a married porn star twice her age. He then lured her into an affair so dark, it would eventually end with the couple being hunted by contract killers. In her new book, The Road Through Wonderland, Schiller describes her surreal life with the famously well-endowed porn king—who inspired the films Boogie Nights and Wonderland —and how she escaped. What did you think of Holmes at first? He would tell the elderly ladies, 'You look cute today,' and they would just flutter and blush. People were charmed by him.
John Holmes narrates this tale about the X-rated business and all of the actresses he's worked with. I saw this episodic porn film on video over 20 years ago and recently reprised it on DVD. What surprised me this time around is that the footage falls into that grey territory of not-quite-hardcore; there are no penetration shots despite endless opportunities for same. The who's who of popular porn actresses grab John Holmes' famous appendage and give him fake blow jobs, always keeping the proof of penetration out of camera view with their hands in the way. In all the intercourse scenes, the sex is simulated, with no closeups giving the game away. Similarly, there are no "money shots" included at all. In the weird world of self-censorship I can't really figure out why this film was shot this way.
This Longform Reprint is reprinted by permission of author. Deep in Laurel Canyon, the Wonderland Gang was planning its last heist. It was Sunday evening and the drugs were gone, the money was gone, the situation was desperate. Now they had another idea. They sat around a glass table in the breakfast nook.
Holmes, 38, has refused most food sincevowing last month 'to die in jail' rather than name the killers of four people in a retaliation slaying for which the porn star was acquitted. Sheriff's Department officers said Holmes, who has appeared in hundreds of X-rated films, has lost 10 pounds since he began refusing jail-issued food and subsisting only on fluids and candy bars. Officials said they would seek a court order to force feed Holmes if he lost 10 or more pounds and his health was endangered. But Deputy Willie Miller said Monday the court order is not being sought at this time.