WADD is the documentary of the
life and death of John Holmes – adult cinemas biggest (pardon the pun) actor.
This is not a film made for an excuse to view porn but to show people what a
bizarre, twisted individual John Holmes was. Although this film is ultra
disturbing (and occasionally a tiny bit boring in certain parts), you cannot
walk away and say the movie wasn’t interesting.
John Holmes was a man with a
skinny body and a massive penis – that pretty much sums up why he became such
an icon. It wasn’t because he had rugged good looks and a body every girl
could drool over, it was because he was so odd looking and looked like any guy
often picked on in high school. Every female porn star either desperately
wanted to sleep with him or was terrified of him (maybe not “him” but his
In this film John’s past
directors, managers, work colleagues, ex-wife and mistress are interviewed
giving you an insight into one very twisted mind and an extremely bleak
existence. John appeared in hundreds of adult films, often as the character
“Johnny Wadd”, a dodgy private investigator, but during the late 70’s John’s
life started to spiral down. Due to his excessive drug use he was unable to
“perform” his duties on or off screen, this made him even more of a mess and
he became involved in the underworld inevitably getting himself caught up in
the murder of 4 people in Wonderland Avenue in Los Angeles. He was put on
trial and acquitted, police saying he was in the wrong place at the wrong
time. John’s life ended in 1988 after suffering from AIDS.
Quite dodgy (like John Holmes). A
very low budget film and it shows, very dark in most scenes and very grainy
throughout the entire doco. *Editor's
Note: It must also be noted that a lot of the material referenced is from the
porn industry of the time who would not have been actively archiving the film,
hence scratches and other problems*
Audio is not unbearable but not
fantastic either. Not much you can expect from something so low budget and
dodgy as the subject matter is.
The extras aren’t too exciting,
just heaps and heaps of deleted interview bits.
Trailers for other explicit
“umbrella propaganda” material