Film #149: NURSE SHERRI aka THE POSSESSION OF NURSE SHERRI aka TERROR HOSPITAL
Nurse Sherri (aka The Possession of Nurse Sherri aka Terror Hospital)
2.5 out of 5 stars
From schlock-maestro Al Adamson (SATAN’S SADISTS, HORROR OF THE BLOOD MONSTERS) comes this unsung classic of sleaze/exploitation cinema from 1978. When the leader of a satanic cult has a heart attack during a ceremony, he is brought to a hospital where he dies. His spirit winds up entering the body of one of his attending nurses (played by Jill Jacobson) in one of the most ridiculous scenes in recent memory. The nurse ends up going on a killing spree which her friends learn cannot be stopped unless they dig up the body of the cult leader and burn it. I know, I know… David Lean this ain’t. Anyway, seeing as this is an Al Adamson film, of course, the script is ridiculous, the direction inept, and the acting is just this side of Community Theater, but the film does have its own kind of retarded charm. Sort of like how the ugliest dog in the litter is somehow inexplicably the one we find the most endearing. Ok, so, the film has plot holes you can drive a truck through, some wildly implausible character motivations, and some of the worse Special FX imaginable (it’s mostly just Tempura paint splashed around). Once Jacobson becomes possessed, her acting devolves into wild-eyed staring and open-mouthed gaping. Finally, once it’s all too obvious something supernatural is up, some nurse friends of Sherri band together to set things to rights. It’s ham-fisted, silly, and more than a little cheesy. Still… NURSE SHERRI is one of those films all exploitation film fans need to see to get it checked off their lists, so… renting this is sort of a fait accompli. Rentable, but go in with the lowest of low expectations.