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Nurse 3D is a 2013 American 3D erotic horror thriller film directed by Doug Aarniokoski and written by Aarniokoski and David Loughery.[3] Starring Paz de la Huerta, Katrina Bowden, and Corbin Bleu, the film is inspired by the photography of Lionsgate's chief marketing officer, Tim Palen.[4] Production took place from September to October 2011.

Nurse 3D
Theatrical release poster
Directed byDoug Aarniokoski
Produced byMarc Bienstock
Written by Doug Aarniokoski
Music byAnton Sanko
CinematographyBoris Mojsovski
Edited byAndrew Coutts
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • September 28, 2013 (2013-09-28) (Zurich)
  • February 7, 2014 (2014-02-07) (United States)
Running time
84 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$80,231[2]

The film was released on February 7, 2014 in selected theaters and on VOD.



Abby Russell is a serial killer who murders men who cheat on the women they date, a job that she thoroughly enjoys, as it allows her to "keep scum off of the streets". She murders a man by slicing through his femoral artery and then throwing him off the roof of a nightclub. The following day she attends the graduation ceremony of nurse Danni Rodgers, a student she has been mentoring, where she meets Danni's mother and stepfather Larry Cook. However, Danni is ill-prepared for her first true day of nursing duty and is berated by her superior, Dr. Morris for her inability to respond quickly to an emergency situation. Abby views the situation with disgust, as she knows that Dr. Morris is a sadist who enjoys harassing new nurses, or “breaking them in.”

Abby is further irritated when Danni chooses to call her paramedic boyfriend, Steve, for support rather than approaching Abby herself. She is pleased when Danni's call to Steve ends badly due to a fight over Danni's refusal to move in with him. She explains to Abby that she is unwilling to trust her stepfather enough to leave him alone with her mother. This distrust is later justified when Abby and Danni witness her stepfather having an affair while the two women are on their way to go drinking at a nightclub, which results in Danni drinking that night. Unbeknownst to her, however, Abby spikes her drink with a date rape drug, which enables Abby to get Danni to have sex with both her and random strangers. The next day Danni wakes to find herself in Abby's apartment and leaves, despite Abby's plea for Danni to skip work and spend the day with her. Afterwards, Abby downloads several photos that she had taken from the previous night before leaving to see a psychiatrist, which is revealed to be Larry.

Abby seduces Larry by saying that she's addicted to men, alluding to her past history with her father. Confirming that he is unfaithful to Danni's mother, Abby shows up at his place of work one day and convinces him to give her a ride, during which she paralyzes him with vecuronium bromide, resulting in a car accident. After hearing of her stepfather's death, Danni seeks solace from Abby, only for Abby to grow angry when Danni says that she's going to move in with her boyfriend. Abby comments that she hopes that Larry's genitals were severed in the car crash. When Danni realizes that Abby knows about the car crash even though Danni never told her how he died, Danni leaves. This infuriates Abby, who decides that instead of seeking to help Danni, she will now hurt her. She accomplishes this by slowly convincing Detective John Rogan that Danni is mentally unstable and obsessed with Abby.

The next day, Abby runs into Rachel Adams, a new human resources employee that remarks that Abby greatly resembles a girl she knew that was sent to a mental institution. Abby invites Rachel out for drinks and takes the opportunity to harass Danni by calling her via Skype and showing Danni a video of Abby injecting chemicals into Rachel. Danni tries to go to the police, only for Detective Rogan to dismiss her claims as evidence of her trying to hurt Abby because the other woman didn't return her affections. He uses the photographs Abby took as proof to this effect, which Steve sees as a result of Danni summoning him to the police station for support. This prompts an argument between the two, and Steve leaves in a fit of anger. Danni tries to approach Dr. Morris for help, only for him to use this as an opportunity to blackmail Abby into having sex with him. Abby initially pretends to agree to this arrangement but uses the opportunity to dismember and murder him. That same night Abby also knocks out Rachel and drags her away to her death.

Danni goes to the mental institution that Rachel had referred to, where she learns about Sarah Price, a little girl who killed her father after learning he was having an affair, and witnessing him severely beating her mother. Danni discovers that Sarah was taken in by a nurse at the institution named Abigail Russell. Danni then realizes that Abby is Sarah and has taken the name of her caretaker. Danni then tries to call Rachel to warn her about Abby, only to find that Rachel's phone is in her car. She then receives a call from Abby, who implies that she will kill Steve in the same manner as Rachel.

Danni rushes to the hospital, where she and Abby begin to fight. The staff initially tries to intervene, only for Abby to set off on a killing spree and lock herself into a lab. Danni and Steve pursue her, and Abby stabs Steve in the neck and runs off. Abby rushes home, where she is confronted by Detective Rogan, who tries to arrest her. Noticing that her neighbor Jared is viewing the situation, Abby pretends that Rogan is trying to rob her. Her neighbor then comes outside and hits the detective over the head with a bat, killing him instantly. Her neighbor is horrified to discover that Rogan is a cop, but Abby convinces him to hide the body, saying that Rogan was corrupt and that Jared would be treated badly since he is now a cop killer. Abby assumes the identity of human resources employee Rachel Adams.



In 2011, Lionsgate began seeking directors for their new project, then titled The Nurse 3D.[5] On April 15, 2011, they announced that Doug Aarniokoski, the second unit director for Resident Evil: Extinction, was signed on to direct,[6] with Shawn Ashmore, Dominic Monaghan, and Ashley Bell confirmed.[5] Zaldy was the costume designer.[7]


In July 2011 Paz de la Huerta signed on to play Abby Russell, the film's primary antagonist.[8] Dita Von Teese was initially intended to join the cast for a cameo as a nightclub performer,[9] but she later withdrew from the project.[10] Corbin Bleu was brought on in August 2011.[11]


Principal photography began in Toronto on September 6, 2011 and wrapped on October 21. During filming, de la Huerta was struck by a stunt ambulance which was supposed to drive by her. The production later paid her $73,000 in workers' compensation for her injuries.[12]


After filming, de la Huerta recorded additional voice-over material for the film. Unsatisfied with the result, the producers re-recorded the voice-over with another actress emulating de la Huerta's voice.[13]

Following completion, the film was shelved for two years before its rights were acquired by Lionsgate.


Critical reception has been mixed; the film holds a 59% "fresh" rating on Rotten Tomatoes (based on 22 reviews)[14] while also holding a rating of 29 on Metacritic (based on 7 reviews).[15] Much of the film's criticism centered upon the film's script,[16] which Neil Genzlinger commented "doesn’t have any of the wit that a film like this needs to give it campy coolness."[17] Peter Sobczynski of gave the film a positive review rating it two and a half stars writing "It is ridiculously lurid trash from start to finish and anyone trying to argue otherwise is as crazy as its central character. However, while its aim may be low throughout, it at least comes close to consistently hitting its targets."[18] The Village Voice panned the film overall, opining that it "never truly embrace[d]" its "B-movie trashiness".[19] In contrast, more positive reviews for the film for these same elements and Shock Till You Drop remarked that while they could understand why people would not like the film, it would have a solid appeal for "Those very special people out there with very special tastes that embrace 'the awful' and know how to have a little bit of fun."[20] Fearnet's Scott Weinberg also echoed this sentiment, saying that the movie was "nothing resembling a deep, intellectual, or insightful horror flick" but that it was "however, quite a bit of good, gruesome fun if you enjoy "body count" horror combined with a basic but serviceable plot yanked straight out of Single White Female."[21]

In 2015, de la Huerta sued the film's producers for $55 million, claiming that the overdub by another actress (her lawsuit quoted a critic as calling it a "monotone performance") had infringed on her rights and damaged her career.[22] The lawsuit was not successful.[13]


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  5. ^ a b "'The Day' Director Tells Lionsgate's Tale of 'The Nurse'". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  6. ^ Fleming, Mike (April 15, 2011). "Doug Aarniokoski To Helm 'The Nurse 3D' For Lionsgate". Deadline Hollywood. PMC. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  7. ^ Scheck, Frank (February 7, 2014). "Nurse 3D: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  8. ^ "NSFW: Paz De La Huerta to Seduce You as 'The Nurse'!". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  9. ^ "Nurse 3D has apparently added more to its cast, including Dita Von Teese v". JoBlo. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
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  11. ^ Sneider, Jeff (August 4, 2011). "Corbin Bleu joins cast of 'Nurse 3D'". Variety. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on October 8, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  12. ^ "Paz de la Huerta says 'Nurse 3D' ruined her career, reportedly suing for $55M". Fox News. July 20, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Eriq Gardner (October 19, 2017). "Lionsgate Beats $55M Lawsuit for Overdubbing Actress' Voice in Movie". The Hollywood Reporter.
  14. ^ "Nurse 3-D". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 23, 2015.
  15. ^ "Nurse 3D". Metacritic. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  16. ^ Scheck, Frank. "Nurse 3D: Film Review". THR. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  17. ^ GENZLINGER, NEIL. "Why, Yes, This Is Going to Hurt". NYT. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  18. ^ Sobczynski, Peter. "Nurse 3D Movie Review & Film Summary (2014) - Roger Ebert".
  19. ^ Wilson, Chuck. "Nurse 3D Should Just Embrace Its B-Movie Trashiness". Village Voice. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  20. ^ Turek, Ryan. "Review: In Which We Fall in Love With Nurse 3D for All of the Wrong Reasons". STYD. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  21. ^ Weinberg, Scott. "FEARNET Movie Review: 'Nurse 3D'". Fearnet. Retrieved February 19, 2014.
  22. ^ "Nurse 3D Actress Sues Filmmakers For Ruining Her Career". Retrieved August 3, 2015.

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