Vinegar Syndrome is a favorite around these parts. So when new releases come in, we get pretty excited. Especially when they are horror films starring cute nurses that go on a killing spree… let’s take a look at Nurse Sherri.
When the failed resurrection of a cult member ends up taking the life of the cult leader, the unrestful spirit quickly takes up shop in the body of a nurse named Sherri, who works in one of the weirdest hospitals I’ve ever seen in film. I mean, we are talking about some scandalous things going on in this place, nurses are giving hand jobs to patients, falling for blind ex-football stars, and even sleeping with the doctor (the boss man). Of course, this is all on par for an 80’s horror film, especially one being released by Vinegar Syndrome.
As I mentioned, this spirit ends up taking control of this sweetheart of a nurse, and through her, it goes on a killing spree in the hospital, leading us on a journey of pretty satisfying murders. Originally, this film was meant to be the next big Carrie type female-led horror, but what we actually get here is a satisfying and campy good time — but not quite a classic. However, Vinegar Syndrome excels at bringing the odd to Blu-ray, and they struck that note very well here.
The acting is not at all anything award worthy, the special effects are laughable, and the plot is ridiculous, but when you put these all together, the sum equals more than the parts. This is a fun, bloody time, and it is definitely worth watching if you like pretty girls killing people.
The audio and visual quality on this release are both a bit rough around the edges — something that Vinegar Syndrome calls out themselves when you pop the disc in. This is due to a mix of 16mm and 35mm elements. However, it is safe to assume that the transfer this film has received has brought it up to the best that it will get — pending someone finding a cleaner reel somewhere.
The audio suffers a bit of that hollow and crackly sound that you tend to see in older films. This is a mono track release, so there is no surround to be had, but frankly, there weren’t a whole lot of scenes that would have benefited greatly from multiple channels.
- Commentary track with Producer Sam Sherman
- “Nurses’ Confessions” featurette with co-stars Jill Jacobson and Marilyn Joi
- Alternate feature length ‘exploitation’ version (only on DVD)
- “Then and Now” locations featurette
- Original trailers
- Promotional still gallery
- Reversibile Cover art
As per usual, Vinegar Syndrome has put together a pretty impressive collection of special features, given how relatively little known this film is. Apart from a complete second version of the film (which has more softcore goodness in it), the “Then and Now” featurette is definitely worth watching — I always enjoy seeing the differences that time brings to a set.
The reversible cover art is attractive, and the Blu-ray and DVD discs inside match very well. Overall, this is yet another attractive release from the VS team.
Bloody killing sprees at the hands of sweet young nurses — need I say any more? If you’re a fan of Vinegar Syndrome and the types of film that they release, then this one is a definite buy. Horror fans may want to watch a trailer first to see if it’s your speed, but this will be a great addition to your collection.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.