If you have ever watched Boardwalk Empire then you know who Paz de la Huerta is. She showcased all of her assets in that series as Steve Buscemi’s mistress. Now she is stepping into the horror genre with her latest film Nurse. The film sports an interesting supporting cast including Katrina Bowden, Judd Nelson, Kathleen Turner, Corbin Bleu, and Martin Donovan but does she have what it takes to lead the charge or will she be checked out before treatment is finished?
Nurse follows a dedicated nurse, who by day is someone you wouldn't hesitate to trust your life with, but by night, her real work begins, using her sexuality she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect her actions and compromises her master plan, she must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you'd least expect to justice. This is one of those movies that could have worked really great, but ended up falling short. The story itself is simple, but lends itself perfectly to the genre, but Huerta just doesn’t have the chops to make it fully effective. For the seductive and full on evil aspects she does a fine job, but all the stuff needed in between just didn’t work. Thankfully the rest of the cast, sexuality and the gore help to mask the troubled areas of the film. In this sort of film fans are typically more interested in the killing and nudity and there is plenty of that here. Big props to Huerta who has no problems showing everything she has for the role, that did feel necessary to get the characters overall mentality to work. On the gore side there is only a few moments through most of the movie, but they more than make up for it during an end scene where blood is flowing and spewing freely.
This is far from a perfect film and unless you are just a diehard cheese horror fan you may find this one falls flat. There is nothing scary here other than the fears it may cause some to be out in the dating world, but does deal with just enough crazy that it fits firmly in the genre. Who knows, this film ends in a way that opens it up for more crazed stories and if done right could work, but you be the judge and grab your copy when Nurse hits stores on April 8th.