THE PLOT THUS FAR
After a lapse in her relationship with her lover (Katie Stegeman) forces twenty-something party girl Samantha (Najarra Townsend) to move back in with her overbearing mother (Caroline Williams, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), things seem to be at an all-time low. But the devil-may-care Samantha soon finds escape in a one-night stand with a mysterious man (Simon Barrett, V/H/S) who leaves her hung-over, guilt-ridden and infected. Uncertain of the disease or the man who gave it to her, Samantha attempts to hide it from her loved ones. But she soon realizes that she is not just the victim of an STD, but rather the host of something much more catastrophic, and that she and those around her are in mortal danger. Part zombie film and part body-horror shocker, director Eric England s CONTRACTED is a skin-crawling experience in biological horror.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Contracted” is about a young girl who contracts a new kind of sexually transmitted disease. Basically, this slut is getting shamed…LEPER STYLE. Cue my sunglasses going on and I out-do Caruso. For those that are still with me, it’s a rather interesting movie with a quick tempo that plays upon victimization on the molecular level. There’s no major gross outs, as all of the trauma is wretchingly earned. However, something is amiss.
Body horror is something that a lot of people try to put on film, but few rarely understand. The level of ambition on display is breathtaking. However, it’s like the director gave up and started wanted to seeing what makeup effects could be achieved next. Eric England made a very female forward body horror movie, but so much of it felt like it was coming from pseudo exploitation. Oh well, I still liked it.
The DVD comes with a commentary, featurette, animated pitch and trailer as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty standard for standard definition. The transfer isn’t that harsh and I didn’t see any digital noise. Plus, the Dolby 5.1 track is a supportive surround stage. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 03/18/2014