Your sleep has been off lately, hasn’t it? You can’t quite place your finger on it, but you haven’t been getting your full eight and what few hours you do get are plagued by tossing and turning that leaves you feeling like you’ve barely slept at all. Admit it, you’ve been rattled by the thought that Wild Things 4 would be the next victim of the Die Hard 4 curse and end up going the PG-13 route.
What, you didn’t know there was a Wild Things 4? Well you do now and the good news is it just received an R rating. What’s the bad news? Wild Things 4 exists and it’s rated R for “some sexuality/nudity, language and violence.” I mean, come ‘on. “Some sexuality/nudity’? John McNaughton’s original erotic thriller starring Denise Richards, Neve Campbell and Matt Dillion was given a “strong” classification for the same things 12 years ago!
If you’re still trying to cash in on a sexy movie that was a mild sensation over a decade ago by making straight-to-video sequels with the exact same plot, shouldn’t you at least up the ante a bit? From “strong” to “some” is not progress. Three sequels in and the rating should be going from “strong” to “absurd”, no?
Ah, but who am I to argue. Wild Things 4, which is boldly calling itself simply Wild Things on IMDb, is directed by Andy Hurst, the man who has written all of the Wild Things sequels to date. I haven’t seen either Wild Things 2 or Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough, afterall, so I shouldn’t be so quick to judge. Maybe what was strong by 1998 standards is pretty tame by today’s. Who knows? I don’t. I do know one thing, though. After having seen the below (SFW) trailer for Diamonds in the Rough, I have got to see Johnny Cage Linden Ashby in an erotic thriller.