Nurse Jill full movie review - A Nightmareishly Beautiful Tribute to Silent Horror, Giallo and 70s Exploitation films
Shot in 2015 on 16mm film and released late 2016, Nurse Jill is a horror, drama film centering on Jill a nurse who is attempting to get her life together after she divorces her husband.
The problem here is there's a sadistic serial rapist on the loose and Jill thinks she is being stalked by someone. After a dramatic turn of events things take a turn for the sleazy, surreal and weird. The film is obviously at least plot and visuals wise supposed to be a tribute to mid to late 70s surreal horror/Giallo films in the vein of stuff like Suspiria with a little bit of John Waters sleaze thrown in for good measure. The film is shot with this interesting voyeuristic style which really adds to the atmosphere, Although I think the way its shot is due to lack of permits and budgeting issues but even so it helps the film. The acting at least body language wise is good since there is no real spoken dialogue in the film. The writing is fairly solid and everything from a technical standpoint: lighting, audio mix, etc is also good. The music in the film is fantastic and I think really sets a tone for some of the scenes although some other scenes could use a bit more subtle, creepy music. What there is of gore effects are fairly well done although the film is far from being a gore fest. The film plays out very much like a silent film and/or Giallo film with this slow start and build up of tension and atmosphere then things escalate and eventually come to and end. Overall I really liked this film its a great tribute to Giallo and 70s horror films, I would say its not a film for everyone though the fact that it is silent other than music might turn some people off but I thought it was a nice touch that gave the film an extra layer of surrealism. I'd give the film a 4.25/5 (on the ten scale its a 8.5/10)