With Nurse 3-D, Doug Aarniokoski has thrown all conventional taste to the wind and set out to make a gloriously trashy epic and in so doing has produced his best film to date. It is a film that is unafraid to go for the exploitation throat in terms of being pitched direct to blatant sex appeal in the person of Paz de la Huertas substantially undressed and smoking hot body. Around her central presence, Aarniokoski has planted tongue in cheek and aimed for the rafters.
On one level, Nurse 3-D could be an average slasher film. Although what it resembles more so is a formula psycho-thriller in the Fatal Attraction (1987)-mold. In another film, Katrina Bowden would be the sweet innocent heroine who finds herself stalked and her life turned upside down by Paz de la Huerta. You can maybe think of a more standard psycho-thriller such as Single White Female (1992) or Kates Addiction (1999). Indeed, you could draw analogy to the previously titled The Nurse (1997), which had Lisa Zane infiltrating and tearing apart a family for the sake of revenge. By contrast, this is turned on its head here Paz de la Huerta becomes the identification figure oozing with seductivity, and we are asked to both desire her pneumatically-inflated lusciousness and cheer her on as she terrorises and progressively tears apart the life of a whitebread innocent. In tone, it feels more like we are in the midst of one of Rob Zombies freakshows House of 1000 Corpses (2003) and The Devils Rejects (2005) that cheer on a bunch of sadistic psychopaths as identification figure, albeit having been transplanted into what looks like a cartoonishly airbrushed world.
Much of the film is predicated on Paz de la Huerta a model and actress who seems more famous for her outrages and oozing sexuality than doing anything of note. She has turned up in several films, as diverse as arthouse fare like The Limits of Control (2009) and Enter the Void (2009) and tvs Boardwalk Empire (2010-4) almost always without clothes. Outfitted in high heels that make her look over six feet tall, a nurses uniform short to the point of indecency and scarlet lipstick so thickly plastered it looks like a set of glue-on plastic lips, she seems to be trying to become the literal embodiment of an Alberto Vargas pin-up.
Not to mention that everything comes via her sarcastic monologue, which is one of the funniest voiceovers Ive heard in some time I look like a slut but that is merely a disguise to lure the dangerous predators that walk amongst us or When the doctors here [at the hospital] say open wide, you better be sure theyre wearing pants. The hilarity of the character is only let down by Paz de la Huertas lack of real acting ability and sour-faced attitude in her pouty delivery, the lines fall flat when they should have hit home with a darkly brilliant zing. In every other regard though, I loved Nurse 3-D and for all the reasons that I shouldnt have.