Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough

Wild Things: Diamonds in the Rough (also known as Wild Things 3) is a 2005 erotic thriller film directed by Jay Lowi and starring Sandra McCoy, Sarah Laine, Linden Ashby, Dina Meyer and Brad Johnson.[1] It is a sequel to Wild Things 2 (2004) and the third film in the Wild Things series.

Wild Things:
Diamonds in the Rough
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DVD cover
Written by
  • Andy Hurst
  • Ross Helford
Directed byJay Lowi
Music bySteven M. Stern
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerMarc Bienstock
CinematographyHubert Taczanowski
EditorAnthony Adler
Running time87 minutes
Production companies
DistributorSony Pictures Home Entertainment
Original networkEncore Mystery
Original release
  • February 19, 2005 (2005-02-19)
Preceded byWild Things 2 (2004)
Followed byWild Things: Foursome (2010)

Like the previous film, the film premiered on Encore Mystery on February 19, 2005, and was released on DVD on April 26.[2]


Marie Clifton is set to inherit two beautiful diamonds, called the "mother and daughter", which her late mother bestowed to her. Marie's step-father, Jay Clifton, challenges the will, claiming that Marie isn't ready for the responsibility, but actually wants to take the diamonds for himself. At a sexual education seminar at Marie's school, physician Dr. Chad Johnson and probation officer Kristen Richards discuss sex crimes, and Richards reveals she was a victim of an anonymous rapist many years before.

At Marie's swim-meet, Jay encounters towel girl Elena Sandoval, and invites her to Marie's eighteenth birthday party. Elena attends the party but is assaulted by Marie, who says that Elena is not welcome. Jay comforts Elena, and brings her to the construction site of one of his buildings for privacy. Later, Elena alleges that Jay raped her at the site. Detective Michael Morrison is placed on the case, as is Richards, who is Elena's probation officer. Chad is placed in charge of documenting Elena's injuries, and testifies to the court that Elena was raped.

Marie believes that Elena is doing this for money and tells Jay to pay her off. When Jay admits that he's broke, Marie suggests that they sell the diamonds. Jay agrees, and revokes his claim to the will, giving Marie custody of the diamonds so she can sell them off. However, this was a ploy between Elena, Marie and Chad to get the diamonds, and the trio are in a sexual relationship together.

Jay believes that Elena will recant her accusation after being paid off, but at the next court session Elena testifies that Jay also threatened to kill her. Jay is sent to prison, but Richards is now suspicious of Elena's behavior. Richards and Morrison search Elena's trailer and discover she's gathered information about Kristen's rape, using it to form her testimony. Richards and Morrison discuss their suspicions with Jay, and conclude that Marie, Elena and Chad must be working together.

Chad is questioned by Richards and Morrison, and fears they suspect him. He turns on Marie, drugging her and stealing the diamonds. Marie and Elena give chase, following Chad into the woods, where Marie kills him with a tire iron. Marie then meets the diamond buyer Chad set up, but learns that the diamonds are fake. Elena, who is left to deal with Chad's body, is caught by Richards and Morrison.

Richards and Morrison give Elena a task: wear a wire and get Marie to admit she killed Chad, and the charges against Elena will be lessened. Elena goes to Marie and plays along with her plan to get the real diamonds from Jay's safe at the construction site. Throughout, Elena repeatedly tries to get Marie to confess, but is unsuccessful. When Marie and Elena finally get the diamonds from the safe, Elena pulls a gun on her and flees with the diamonds, prompting Marie to chase her with her own gun. Richards and Morrison, who are listening in from nearby, enter the construction site separately. During the hide-and-seek, Richards finds Marie and shoots her in the chest, killing her. Afterward, Elena claims there were no diamonds, and is escorted from the scene by Richards.

At the end, it's revealed that Richards and Elena are mother and daughter. Jay was the man that raped Kristen in the past, and Elena is their daughter. They dispose of him by dosing his drink and leaving him to fall to his death. During the credits, scenes are shown explaining how they managed to pull their plan off.


  • Sandra McCoy as Elena Sandoval
  • Sarah Laine as Marie Clifton
  • Linden Ashby as Detective Michael Morrison
  • Dina Meyer as Kristen Richards
  • Brad Johnson as Jay Clifton
  • Ron Melendez as Dr. Chad Johnson
  • Michael Mantell as Theo Bloom
  • Claire Coffee as Jenny Bellamy
  • Nikki Griffin as Risa Howard
  • Zakareth Ruben as Julie
  • Van Epperson as Principal Phillips
  • Maria Cina as Blonde Reporter
  • Kymberly Newberry as Judge Wilcox
  • Sandra Purpuro as D.A. Sarah Lovell
  • Gary Carlos Cervantes as Davros
  • Paul Terrell Clayton as Dammers


  1. ^ "Vern on WILD THINGS 3 Dvd ! He's gone nuts folks!". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
  2. ^ "Wild Things 3 premiere on cable 2/19". DVD Talk. Retrieved September 30, 2021.

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