Sunday, 15 January 2012

Wild Things: Foursome (2010)

Well, here we are with the third sequel in a movie franchise that should never have been. If anyone comes to this movie hoping that the series will take an unexpected rise back to a level of quality close to that of the first movie then they probably need professional help.

The big addition to this movie is right there in the title. Where the other movies all tried to shoehorn in a memorable threesome scene somewhere this film tries to show FOUR people getting hot and horny with each other at one point. I can't wait to see who they throw in to the mix if they ever try to stretch things out for yet another tired instalment. Wild Things: Pentalogy?

The main pretty young things this time around are: Brandi Cox (played by Jillian Murray), Rachel Thomas (Marnette Patterson) and Carson Wheetly (Ashley Parker). What fun can they plan for each other? Well, the plot of the movie involves murder, rape, double-cross after double-cross and interference from Detective Frank Walker (John Schneider). Or, in other words, pretty much the same mix as viewers saw in the preceding three movies.

The film actually doesn't do too badly, it's just a shame that it's so unnecessary and so lacking when compared to that fantastic first instalment. Jillian Murray is okay, I suppose, but Marnette Patterson fares a bit better. Ashley Parker just exudes an air of smugness that doesn't make him endearing at all but John Schneider is someone fun to watch onscreen. Ethan C. Smith, Jessie Nickson, Marc Macaulay and Josh Randall all do pretty well with their relatively limited screentime.

Andy Hurst (who co-wrote the previous two movies) is in the director's chair this time around and he actually does a capable job. I certainly prefer his directorial work to his writing. Howard Zemski and Monty Featherstone provide the script this time, it's their second time working together after scripting a movie called SharkMan (that I now desperately want to see - just knowing that a film with that title exists is enough to get me excited), and it really would seem to be a thankless task. Let's face it, this idea was worn out by the second movie so repeating the formula again and again just means that it's stale as soon as the titles flash up. Having said that, the writers do try here and there to keep things entertaining and unpredictable but it's the nature of the twists and turns (based on the template set many years earlier) that actually make the thing entirely predictable. The biggest crime in the whole movie actually takes place during the end credits, in which we get a sequence of revelatory moments that are completely uninteresting and add nothing to what we've just seen. Even the second and third movies managed to get that bit right.

I hope they just cut this series dead right now. It's horrible to think of the reputation of the first film being further tarnished. It's even more horrible to know that I'll just keep having to check out any future instalments. I hate having such morbid curiosity.


Go wild, and pick up my book. Every copy of my book sold gets a few pounds in my pocket, and gets you a good read (if I say so myself).

The UK version can be bought here -

And American folks can buy it here -

As much as I love the rest of the world, I can't keep up with all of the different links in different territories, but trust me when I say that it should be there on your local Amazon.

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