Just think of a campier, sillier version of American Psycho and you have the basic concept of Nurse 3D. This is a pure exploitation film chock-full of nudity, violence, blood, and bizarreness. As I watched this I kept having flashbacks of the remake of My Bloody Valentine 3D with the unnecessary 3D popping up in the more heightened moments. The difference here is that Valentine was silly and dumb, Nurse has some positive qualities to it. It doesn’t shy away from the kind of movie it’s trying to be, an overly and thus puerile, violent slasher flick with some seriously demented moments. It achieves the shock value it so desperately yearns for and if you can take a B horror film than you should check this out.
The lead actress, Paz de la Huerta is an element to this film all her own. She has a certain kind of sexiness about her which her character uses to her advantage, and yet she is so odd. It’s really difficult to place her; she is very fit to play such a frenzied character. Whenever she is present on screen there is an air of uncertainty about her that emanates with every word she speaks. That is a positive in her favor but a bit of a negative to the whole of the film. What I mean is, she very noticeably acts in a way that should arouse curiosity in an uncomfortable way and yet no one reacts accordingly. Their behavior while around her is as if she is perfectly normal and there is nothing off about her. Maybe knowing exactly what she is from the very start separates the audience from the characters, but it just felt like a missing component to the movie. They should have noticed, but they didn’t, not until it was too late. She never shows a side of normalcy, she is always dissimilar to everything around her. I think, despite certain missteps, she was ultimately the perfect choice for this role and did a good job with it.
Nurse 3-D tells the violent story of Abigail Russell, a seemingly detached but efficient nurse. She takes pride in her profession and looks to help the newbie become assimilated with hospital procedure. The newbie, Danni Rogers (Katrina Bowden) has high hopes and with Abby at her side, she feels confident in her new job as a nurse. A kind of friendship forms between them, and when trouble arises in Danni’s personal life Abby is there to lend a shoulder to cry on. From this moment on Abby takes on an unhealthy attachment to Danni. Abby feels it is her place to protect Danni from anything and anyone by any means she deems necessary. It is in the closeness that Abby brings to Danni that she begins to notice something isn’t quite right with Abby. After a mysterious death, the picture starts clear for Danni about who her friend Abby the nurse really is. When the truth is unearthed, the outcome will be a bloody good time.
Overall I didn’t hate this but I don’t see myself ever watching it again. It just never fully clicked for me but while I watched it I was kept entertained. It’s short enough to avoid ever becoming prolonged or in need of hurrying up. The violence is plentiful and the nudity is in abundance at nearly every turn. A femme fatale movie with a humorous horror twist to create what will most likely end up as the weirdest movie I will see all of 2014. It’s campy at times, and that in the long run is just fine for the type of vibe this wants to give off. It just felt like a lesser American Psycho but still managed to be entertaining enough to avoid me hating it.
Rated R For: bloody violence, strong sexual content, language and some graphic nudity
Run Time: 85 minutes
After Credits Scene: None
Starring: Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Judd Nelson, Adam Herschman
Directed By: Douglas Aarniokoski
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 2.5/ Acting: 2.5/ Directing: 3/ Visuals: 3.5
OVERALL: 3 Nerdskulls
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