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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.
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The movie begins with an impressionistic shot of falling petals, filmed at one sixth speed, followed by an extreme close shot of someone spraying the petals of flowers with water, and from there proceeds to the leading actress, who despite being a new star, puts in a commendable performance and draws the audience into what constitutes an intelligent and witty script, with the lead character expressing her longing to be with her lover, who being tied up is unable to be with her on her night out, spurring her to engage in sexual intercourse with a man in a drunken state, consequentially incurring the wrath of her lover, who abandons her for betraying the lesbian lifestyle, thereby provoking her to the act of murdering her lover and spurring her to seek affection from the one person who demonstrated concern for her despite her debilitating illness - a man.
Despite the thought provoking theme and the wonderful built up the story ends on a disappointingly anti-climatic note and hence falls one star short of perfection.
I ran across this film as quite a happy accident and watched it with a friend, and we were both left absolutely speechless and in awe over just how well done it was. The concept of a one night stand with an infected partner being the cause of turning a human being into a zombie had not been done before, and is a genius idea to be honest.
It didn't appear to have any CGI effects - this all seemed to have been chucked up to amazing acting and mind blowing costume and makeup design. Bottom line - it can almost make you believe this is something that could actually happen,
and that is a rarity when it comes to these sorts of films.
If you're a bonus features junkie like I am, you won't be disappointed with the interviews, behind the scenes/making of featurettes, or the optional commentary by the director, star, and one of the co-star/producers of the film.
Just be sure to watch these AFTER seeing the film, as there are far too many spoilers and it can likely tend to take away
some of the "magic" of good movie making.