Douglas Aarniokoski’s Nurse 3D is an entertaining, blood soaked slasher that delivers exactly what it set out to do—show as much skin as possible while covering everything in the red stuff. Led by the wonderfully crazy Paz de la Huerta, Nurse 3D never allows itself to slow down, featuring enough memorable kills to keep this one entertaining from start to finish. The film follows Huerta’s Abby Russell who is as dedicated of a nurse as they come, a person who you could trust with your very life. But by night, her real work begins…using her smoldering sexuality she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are.
The film falls right into that genre sweet spot where you can’t exactly recommend it to everyone because it’s just over-the-top enough that only real fans of horror will appreciate its charm for what it is—a B-movie that throws plenty of carnage at you, all with a smile on its face. This one turned out to be surprisingly entertaining once the game of cat and mouse unfolds between Huerta and Katrina Bowden, who plays Danni in the film.
Say what you will about Paz de la Huerta’s acting, but I thought she did a phenomenal job as Abby. More often than not, her character comes off ridiculous as hell, but oddly enough, that’s where Nurse 3D finds most of its charm. Huerta’s Abby is the perfect B-movie villain because even though she’s hard to take seriously, she injects just enough charm and wit into the character that by the time the death count starts to add up you can’t help but root for her. And with Abby being batshit crazy, I thought Bowden’s character gave the film good balance because she comes off as trying to do the right thing but continually gets stuck in Abby’s vicious web of lies and murder.
What I really enjoyed about this one is that it never tries to be anything other than its fun, sleazy self. You’re not supposed to take it seriously, it’s the type of film you turn on, sit back and enjoy. The one thing that I felt it could have done without was the whole 3D thing. For one, the chances of anyone actually being able to see it in 3D are dismal at best because it only had a very limited theatrical run, so if you were like me and had to watch it on VOD then the 3D aspect of the film just feels way too forced and out of place. Other than that, though, I don’t have a whole lot to complain about!
Nurse 3D is the perfect midnight movie that allows you to turn your brain off for an hour and a half and just enjoy the blood being splattered all over the screen. Paz de la Huerta brought a weird and sleazy kind of charm to this one, turning in a memorable performance as Abby, a serial killer nurse who doesn’t mind getting a little dirty. My advice to you is if you got a kick out of the trailer, then give this one watch. It doesn’t disappoint!