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Sick Nurses (2007)

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Genres:
Horror, Supernatural Horror
Directors:
Piraphan Laoyont Piraphan Laoyont
Thodsapol Siriwiwat Thodsapol Siriwiwat
Starring:
Chon Wachananon Chon Wachananon
Wichan Jarujinda Wichan Jarujinda
Chidjan Rujiphun Chidjan Rujiphun
Kanya Rattapetch Kanya Rattapetch
Dollaros Dachapratumwan Dollaros Dachapratumwan

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At a Thai hospital, a doctor and his seven nubile nurses engage in the sale of bodies. Jealousy causes Tawan, one of the nurses, to threaten to blow the whistle on the practice, so the others murder her. The dealer in bodies doesn't arrange for delivery of Tawan's corpse for a full week. As midnight approaches on the seventh day after the murder, each of the remaining nurses as well as Dr. Taa, faces a supernatural revenger. In flashbacks we see the events leading up to the murder and realize the full range of relationships among the main characters, including the duplicitous Dr. Taa and Tawan's sister, Nook. --IMDb
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Review by Ginose
Added: September 07, 2009
As much as I hate to agree with that ass-burger Roger Ebert, both he and Gene Siskel made valid points about movie trailers. For instance, most film trailers tend to sell a movie by any means necessary, regardless of actual content, purpose, theme or reason behind that actual work. Most trailers will essentially show you all the scenes they KNOW you want to see, regardless as to whether or not it ruins and twists or surprises. Hell, some trailers will go so far as to include scenes that were actually cut from the theatrical release of a film ("It doesn't say Cox unless I say it tastes like Cox", etc), which is a dick-move amongst the realm of dick-moves.

Now, it's completely true that this works. And boy does it work. I couldn't tell someone how many times I've gone and seen a shit-fest of a movie based on what I saw in the trailer alone. Tonight's piece managed to sweep me in with, hands-down, one of the simplest, cheapest trailers I've ever scene. I was vastly impressed with the imagery and tone of it and all it took was ONE suggestion from a friend to track-down and view this, a fairly recent Thai horror-comedy... with a lack on comedy and an emphasis on horror... a very shitty emphasis...

A group of seven nurses and one young, dashing motherfucker of a doctor are currently running a scam at their hospital, storing bodies of people they've accidentally killed on ice until they can harvest their organs. One of the nurses, however, catches the stud-muffin doctor (who is, incidentally, her boyfriend) with one of the younger and significantly more beautiful nurses, her sister. In her rage, she threatens to call the police only to, obviously, be killed by the others and put on ice. Now, some time later, the spirit of this dead nurse is coming back for sick, twisted, personal-flaw themed vengeance.

If the plot of this film sounds familiar, then that's probably because it's been done a million times before (think just about ANY J-horror revenge ghost plot), but this one seems to pride itself on the focus it makes on the individual traits that make all of the nurses such unlikeable cunts (not that we NEEDED any more reason to hate their obnoxious guts). Really, it just falls to typical things most women tend to focus on a bit too much (be it personal image, obsession with material things, incestuous attraction to their twin, and so forth) and don't do much to add or take away from the utter lack of character that any of them have, but it's nice to know that there aren't just going to be a bunch of generic kills... or ARE there...?

Really, it's just a lot of shit we've seen before, where kills are concerned. A few surprise hits on the list include a cell-phone that defies the laws of basic human anatomy, a stitch-job that does the same, a hand to head gone wrong and a marriage proposal. I'd tell you to watch them to see what I mean, but the movie doesn't hold much bearing on them, truthfully. None are just that damned good, no matter how unique in principle, in practice they just never work right. None look good enough to work, none are acted well-enough to work... nothing works in this film. It comes remarkably close, at times, but ultimately continues to come up short.

Nothing at ALL even remotely reminds me that this is a horror-COMEDY. A few lame jokes and the overall ridiculousness of how some of the horror aspects were supposed to work are funny in the pathetic sense of the word, but not in an actually humorous way, as well is quite a bit of the dialogue ("You have... perfect and sexy form."), but nothing screams that they were attempting to blend the genres and failing (via "The Eye 10"), but merely failing in most, if not every respect. Fuck. Everything from effects to performances are so uninspired that I can't honestly understand the boost this one got from most critics... it just wasn't interesting. Nothing from the opening scheme set-up and murder to the remarkable twist(?) that is revealed towards the end. It's just pointless. It's fluff, drivel, empty. It's a movie with as much depth as originality and I can't think of anything worth viewing this for other than to see the distinct difference between the trailer and film...

Yeah. 1/10.
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Chad #1: Chad - added 10/12/2009, 08:35 AM
Bitching about humorous elements in a Thai horror movie is sort of like bitching about explosions in an action flick or bloodshed in a slasher: it shows a complete lack of understanding of the genre. Sure, not every last film has those elements, but that's sort of how it works over there and to expect differently is a bit silly.

With that out of the way, I enjoyed the movie. I didn't love it, but I did enjoy it. It had some badass gore sequences (I loved the jaw / tongue / fetus scene, and the purse scene was damned nice), it ended with a great twist, and it had a decent storyline to tie it all together. It did take longer to get started than I would have liked and I won't deny that there were spots of amateurish directing, but the overall product was enjoyable.... enjoyable, that is, if you know what kind of movie you're getting yourself into. 7/10.
Ginose #2: Ginose - added 10/13/2009, 11:00 AM
Well, if you paid attention, then you'll notice my bitching was focused on the fact that the horror elements were virtually non-existant (I sure as shit didn't laugh, atleast not at anything I'm sure they intended to be laughed at), as was the gore. Perhaps we saw different cuts of the film, though I'm not aware of more than one where the NA release is concerned, but none of the mentioned gore-scenes really shined to me, nor were they particularly gory. The "twist" was ridiculous and changed NOTHING in terms of the story (really, Chad, add a spoiler text, man. This is a movie site). Honestly, if they'd left the doctor's girlfriend SIIMPLY THAT would it have changed anything. Sure, it was funny, but certainly nothing worth considering a "twist" (given they damn near tell you half-way through the film anyway), and the story was balls.

As I said, aside from the cell-phone face, there wasn't anything original, or even marginally entertaining in the length of this movie. I'd chock it up to different strokes, but this movie had more problems than Asians. I love Thai horror, but this did nothing for me.
Chad #3: Chad - added 10/13/2009, 11:25 AM
Really, how can you say the horror elements weren't there? Granted, I won't deny that they borrowed a page or two from the Ju-on / Ringu playbooks, but to say they're not there... really? Like I said, it did take longer to get started than I would have liked so I could see if you said "the first thirty minutes had no horror", but it's there once the film gets rolling. As for the gore, I guess we just disagree there, but I thought those two scenes were great (the others, not so great, but decent enough). The twist - saying "there's a twist" doesn't really count as a spoiler for me - was well-played and may have seemed like a grab at one last joke to an American audience, but Thailand is known for a few things and... well, I won't spoil *that*.

Nothing original? Let me go back to that tongue scene I mentioned... what other movie has shown a woman getting her jaw ripped off just before her tongue falls to the floor and is eaten by her cat, only to then have a fetus shoved into the hole in her face? Not everything is original, I'll agree to that again, but there's plenty of new stuff wrapped up in these ninety minutes.
Ginose #4: Ginose - added 10/13/2009, 10:01 PM
Oops. It appears I misspoke. I truly meant the COMEDY elements weren’t there. The horror was obvious, as this was merely another instance of a cliché-riddled Asian ghost story. I love ‘em, as a rule, but there are ones that work and ones that don’t. Also, no, I meant you should at a spoiler tag because I was going to mention exactally why the “twist” was completely irrelevant and just made me sigh (as, AGAIN, they more or less tell you the twist during the flashback scene where the two doctors are talking), and, yes, I know what the “Thailand is known for” moment meant (in approach to the American audience), but it was still silly, not funny silly, just dumb silly.

And, gory or not, it was another instance of an attempted piece of comedy that just wasn’t funny. I love a good fetus joke as much as the next guy, but it was just so sloppily weaved in (along with most of the splatstick humor scattered throughout) that it’s like there wasn’t a line between where it was intentionally funny and just bad.
Again, maybe it is ALL just opinion, but there were so many glaring mistakes that I just couldn’t ignore them all. More upon more upon a purposely moronic story didn’t help at all.
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