Directed By: Douglas Aarniokoski
Written By: Douglas Aarniokoski & David Loughery
Cinematography By: Boris Mojsovski
Editor: Andrew Coutts
Cast: Paz De La Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, Judd Nelson, Niecy Nash, Boris Kodjoe, Adam Hershman, Martin Donovan, Kathleen Turner
By day Abby Russell is a dedicated nurse, someone you wouldn’t hesitate to trust your life with. But by night, her real work begins…using her smoldering sexuality she lures cheating men to their brutal deaths and exposes them for who they really are. When a younger nurse starts to suspect Abby’s actions and compromises her master plan,
Abby must find a way to outsmart her long enough to bring the cheater you’d least expect to justice. I have been waiting for this title for awhile I remember it being announced when the second season of boardwalk empire began and looking forward to it. As it sounded like a twisted fun film. Then over the years I forgot about it until all of sudden it was released after some years and I got my chance to see it.
Paz de la Huerta is good in this film and she is rather striking and as an actress her presence in her work not only here but in other projects has always felt more intimidating as she is always in control and knows how to use her looks and body to her advantage.
On BOARDWALK EMPIRE those very attributes were used for her character as she really was the sex & the nudity when the show first started though she had very little to do with the major storylines of that show. It seemed more like that show used her as an explosive prop.
This film does the same though here she seems more in control and willing as her character seems to always that way. She also appears to be having fun and game for it. Her crown of unseemingly big hair seems distracting at times and ill fitting though it helps to keep honking of her Character as a throwback and gives you a clue that she is off kilter.
Sometimes it’s hard to review films. As some are not made to be good, but more made to fit into genre standards and specifics more of an exercise. So for me I have to sometimes wonder. Do I review the film based on how it fits an what it strives to be or just general overall quality and production?
The film avoids being a general revenge or relationship obsession thriller. By Introducing us to our main Character as a serial killer with dubious methods and a twisted agenda. So it doesn’t waste time with is she a killer and what motivates her. It goes or the kill rather quickly. Can’t seem to decide I it’s a spoof or parody or just a comedy with lot’s of violence thrown in.
Other than her twisted Character being he mentor to the protagonist. It’s hard to understand exactly her obsession with the protagonist unless it’s a weakness that usually happens with most of us. That idea that beauty equals innocence and goodness. Because we have that built up ideal in our own heads.
Boris kodjoe’s detective character feels unbelievable through he talks the talk. The way he walks the walk just feels false. He also seems here as a ploy and excuse for he women watching this film to have something to drool over as he is topless also. Making him and Corbin Bleu just as objectified as the women. The male roles seeming more like window dressing as their characters are one note with little personality or motivation.
As intended most men come off as total horn dogs and women as attractive playthings. It almost plays like a well budgeted porno only without the sex and Better acting talent.
The film strangely seems to seek out humor though constantly seems like a script from screenwriting 101 with it’s cliches and obviousness. That seems like by is struggling to hold itself together.
I’ll admit I was expecting something along the lines of a sexier DR. GIGGLES. Before his character was locked up in the beginning of that movie. If not for flashbacks this film could have been a companion piece/unofficial sequel.
I can say the film purposely makes sure it’s never boring and goes crazy towards the end as far as massacres go.
The film plays up more of the sex appeal. With occasional brushes of gore. Using it’s limited 3D capabilities which add to the dirtiness of the film and make it feel more campy then straight up horror
The film feels mainly built as a known nod or at least inspired by throwback b movies only obviously more racy for today’s times. It’s campy and always feels tongue in cheek with it’s humor as well as generous amounts of exploitive sex and nudity that always seem to ether be on display or on the verge of it thanks mainly to out two female leads. Who show they are more than game and get it.
It’s hard to take anything in this movie seriously or at least with a straight face. The film seems more like an exhibit taking in all the genres specifics and purposely trying to be naughty and trashy.
I enjoyed the film more for what it attempts. I enjoyed it more than I expected to. It’s more a film for fans of this type of film then general audiences. Who this film would more get a kick out of because of it’s humor.
Strangely enough I would like to see a sequel as this film seems more like a straight to DVD exploitive type that could easily spawn a series of sequels.