Written by: Michael Den Boer on September 28th, 2009
Theatrical Release Date: Thailand, 2007
Directors: Piraphan Laoyont, Thodsapol Siriwiwat
Writers: Piraphan Laoyont, Thodsapol Siriwiwat
Cast: Dollaros Dachapratumwan, Wichan Jarujinda, Kanya Rattapetch, Chidjan Rujiphun, Chon Wachananon, Ase Wang
DVD released: September 21st, 2009
Approximate running time: 79 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: 18 (UK)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Thai, Dolby Digital Stereo Thai
DVD Release: Revolver Entertainment
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £9.99
Synopsis: A nurse discovers that her fiancee, a doctor is cheating on her with one of her co-workers and she threatens to expose his organ harvesting business that he is running out of the hospital. The doctor enlists the help of a handful of the nurses who are linked to his organ harvesting business help him murder his fiancee. Seven days later the doctor’s murder fiancee comes back from the grave to avenge those who did her wrong.
Plot and character wise Sick Nurses retreads familiar ground, characters who murder someone who then comes back from the dead to return the favor. The killer in the film bears a strong resemblance to the dark haired Femme Fatales from J-Horror films. Outside of the killer, it is difficult to feel any sympathy for any of the characters who inhabit the film. To the filmmakers credit at least all of the nurses are attractive and add some much needed eye candy in-between scares. Two areas where the film excels are its visuals style and its kill scenes that are very effective and at times gory. Even though the plot keeps things simple, there are few inventive twists that totally come out of left field which keep things interesting. There are also a few moments that will have you scratching your head, with the biggest WTF moment being a scene where one of the girls takes a shower with her clothes on. The most enjoyable aspect of the film is how the killer exploits each victim’s obsession as the basis for how they are to be killed. Those expecting a straight forward horror film might find some of Sick Nurses more eccentric qualities a bit too much to digest, while those willing to embrace the film as more of a send up the J-Horror films from which it mimics are sure to find the journey all the more endurable.
Revolver Entertainment presents Sick Nurses in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the film’s original aspect ratio. This is a clean and colorful looking progressive flagged transfer that looks general sharp throughout.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 Thai mix and a Dolby Digital Stereo Thai mix. Removable white subtitles that are easy to follow and error free have been provided. The differences between the two audio mixes are minimal as the both come off sound clear and balanced.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 18 seconds – letterboxed widescreen – Thai with English subtitles) and a behind the scenes segment (10 minutes 6 seconds – full frame 1.33:1 – Thai with English subtitles), which is made up a of handful of behind the scenes clips. Overall Sick Nurses gets a strong audio / video presentation from Revolver Entertainment.