Good ingredients, so-so recipe
Loves: Campy horror, visually arresting films, Pin-up art
Likes: Nurses, Niecy Nash
Dislikes: Paz de la Huerta
Hates: 3D gimmicks, wasted opportunity
The film, which stars de la Huerta as a homicidal nurse whose M.O. is to kill lying men to protect their wives and children, does in fact look terrific. Director Douglas Aarniokoski (who served as assistant direct on a variety of big movies, including Austin Powers, Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and From Dusk Til Dawn) has crafted a noir-influenced horror flick with the stylistic look that borrows from Dick Tracy. A retro feel combines with bright vivid colors and some intense editing to create a film that feels a bit like it's from the Zack Snyder school of filmmaking. When the blood starts flying, that look really pays off, but at times, like when some gimmicky effects start popping up, it feels like it took it a bit too far.
The problem is, that's not enough to make a movie work for a rather short 84 minutes. The revenge killings that Abby starts with are interesting, in an extremist feminist way, but that falls by the wayside once Danni's in the picture. There are some fun things done with her knowledge of medicine, not to mention her ability to manipulate guys, but eventually she morphs into too much of a supervillain to enjoy the same way, especially during the climactic battle, which is super over-the-top. On the plus side, it features one of the most memorable assault sprees I've seen in some time, with an effect that was heightened by some good choices on the part of the director.
Bowden acquits herself well in the role of the traditional blonde horror movie heroine, though if you're expecting nudity here, you're going to have to keep looking. That search will not be long though, as de la Huerta spends more time in this film naked than she wears her nurse's outfit. I've never understood the hype around her, but she is a good fit for the main role, capable of being sexy, yet off-putting, not to mention very, very creepy. I still don't understand her main appeal, as she seems to be acting, rather than inhabiting her character, but she is on those great posters, so there's that.
The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is an active affair, creating a full soundfield with clear dialogue upfront, healthy atmospheric effects and an effective score in the surrounds and some decent action in the mix There's some presence in the low-end to pump up the feel in spots (like a bass-powered nightclub scene,) making the sound a solid complement to the visual presentation.
Up next is an 8:08 featurette, "Bad Medicine: The Making of Nurse." A mix of interviews (including the very funny Niecy Nash) and on-set footage, this piece serves as a good overview or a mini-video commentary of the movie (and as such it has a number of spoilers, so save it for later.) It's just enough for those with a casual curiosity about the film's production, and a teaser for those who want to go in-depth (which is where the commentary comes in handy.) Interestingly several participants point to the iconic blood dress poster as the thing that drew them into the cast. So why not a featurette on that?
The on-disc extras wrap with a brief (5:47) pair of intertwined video diaries by Bowden and High School Musical veteran Corbin Bleu (who plays her boyfriend in the film.) Apparently shot during production on the movie, they follow the two actors seperately, as Bowden is just doing her thing, baking and banging her head, while Bleu tries his hand (unsuccessfully) at pulling pranks in Toronto. It's a tad too cute for its own good, and barely connected to the film in any way.
A code for an Ultraviolet stream.download is also included.
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