Paz De La Huerta
Director Doug Aarniokoski seems to be having a blast, lovingly shooting star Paz de la Huerta in various stages of undress as she stalks the city, looking for men to seduce and devour, like a black widow spider. With dozens of gooey, gruesome murders cheekily shot in 3D, this is the kind of movie that works best if it's watched with friends – and preferably high.
Paz de la Huerta is certainly an interesting specimen. I can't say she's “good” in NURSE 3D, as it's a ridiculous performance, and often inept. However, she's never anything less than entertaining, looks great and is probably giving the exact kind of performance a movie like this requires. Next to her, co-star Katrina Bowden is a model of restraint. Despite her supermodel-level good looks, Bowden plays this relatively straight and sweet as the object of Abby's affections. The only downside is that while de la Huerta is more often nude than not, Bowden mostly keeps hers on (although her incredible backside virtually has a co-starring part).
Running a tight eighty-three minutes, NURSE 3D never wears out its welcome and ends just around the time the joke starts to wear thin. In the end, NURSE 3D is exactly the movie I'm sure everyone involved set out to make, which is like an eighties slasher film crossed with a Russ Meyer movie, right down to the highly sexualized, ultra-tight nurse uniforms . It's goofy, gory, and very titillating in a twisted but mostly fun way. For genre fans it's definitely worth checking out.
Director's Commentary: Director Doug Aarniokoski contributes a lively, fun commentary where he spends most of his time breaking down the film's visual style, which seems highly influenced by early Brian de Palma.
Bad Medicine: The Making of NURSE Featurette This is your standard studio epk, running eight-minutes and mostly devoted to interviews with the cast. Bowden is endearing with her comment that the film is “artistically” shot. De la Huerta is also interviewed, and seems just as off-the-wall offscreen as she is on, although I assume her personality here is a bit of a put-on.
Video Diaries: This is just a quick edit of some cute video diaries shot by Bowden and co-star Corbin Bleu on location in Toronto. There's not much here, other than a goofy prank by Bleu involving a toonie, and Bowden making cookies for the crew. Meh.
NURSE 3D is available here in both 3D and 2D. If you're like me, and don't have a 3D player it automatically defaults to 2D. There's also the requisite digital copy.