Sick Nurses – Review May 29, 2009Posted by Cello in Asian Horror Reviews.
This film was recommended to me by a reader and I am glad she did. The first thing I noticed about Sick Nurses is the fact that I have never seen this many hot nurses working in a hospital outside of a soap opera or porn. The title says it all about Sick Nurses, a slickly executed and extremely grisly ghost story about a sexy hospital staff paying the price for selling bodies on the black market. It should be noted that due to Thailand’s strict censorship laws the film is denied the extra layer of sleaze.
One of the nurses is in love with the doctor, and plans to marry him. She brings her little sister to work at the hospital and the little sister promptly sleeps with the doctor and gets pregnant. The first sister is so distraught by the betrayal that she threatens to turn everyone in for the body-part sales business, so the rest of the nurses gang up and kill her. Her vengeful spirit only has a limited amount of time to get its revenge, so it waits till the last 15 minutes before the stroke of midnight to do its dirty work.
I know what you’re saying at this point; another lame vengeful ghost movie from Asia, who cares? Sick Nurses is different, though. All of the prevalent dark humor, amidst the gore, is what gives Sick Nurses its edge. Plus, once the plot details get revealed, it goes up another notch by introducing a couple of twists that really push this one into the realm of mondo bizarro. Ghostly justice is indeed a bitch.
As terrified victims flee from one incongruously decorated and notably empty hospital room to the next, events rise just above standard slasher mechanics with shots of jet-black humor and some nifty surprises. The filmmakers also stretch their clearly meager budget with some smart and stylish trick photography, with things happening in the back of the frame or just before a cut that leaves the viewer wondering if they really saw what they think they just saw. Even with the toned-down sexploitation factor and the relative incoherence of the plot, Sick Nurses should connect with an audience looking for a fun and original Asian horror movie.