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After a one night stand with a random stranger, Samantha contracts what she thinks is an STD... but is in fact something much worse. (c) IFC Midnight
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Critic Reviews for Contracted
The ending to this fable misses the opportunity for broader metaphorical resonance, but getting there has its own unnerving rewards.
"Contracted" can best be described as "Contagion" meets "Blue Is the Warmest Color," without all those explicit sex scenes.
A body-horror opus that will satisfy genre fans who like to be grossed out, but doesn't have much to offer on any other count.
A very adult and straight faced glimpse at an ugly human being rotting from the inside out...
Contracted is an efficiently icky, gross-out exercise in body horror that should please fans of this kind of thing. Still, the lack of any substance below the surface is ultimately too frustrating to ignore.
Our inability to identify with [Townshend] means we can't identify with the film's central horror, and thus "Contracted" isn't all that unsettling.
By being the director/writer and co-producer, England the writer didn't have an independent director to say, "Hey, the ending needs to be stronger!" or "What's the movie saying about lesbians having sex with men?"
None of it feels remotely believable but also isn't broadly defined enough to be satire, falling in that dull gap in the middle.
It's hard to make out what, if anything, writer-director Eric England is trying to say about the fragility of the flesh with Contracted, which amounts to little more than a slow-motion replay of The Fly's central gross-out.
Contracted does for sex what Jaws did for beaches, let's just leave it at that.
England supplies a sly, very cool denouement that suggests his intention was to craft a smart take on the most popular horror sub-genre at present.
Icky and violent and shocking, but Contracted is also smart, insightful, and sort of tragic.
Ultimately disappointing due to an inane script which fashions a thoroughly unlikable, idiotic protagonist who invites derision more than sympathy.
sets its heroine's personal dramas against the spiralling symptomatology of her infection, fusing psychological insights with full-on body horror, leading towards an ending that is also a new beginning in this young woman's metamorphosis.
Audience Reviews for Contracted
Most pointless movie ever. The whole movie is just the girl turning into a zombie and constantly being a bitch to everyone especially her mother. No likable characters at all. They are all horrible/creepy people. You don't even know why she turns into a zombie. She has unprotected sex with a random guy at a party and gets sick. The next day the police are looking for the guy. The one girl says the police are looking for the guy, but won't say why. Later she says the police are looking for him because he's a child molester. Then even later the girl says the police are advising people to stay far away from him. This doesn't answer any questions I had while watching, and the fact that he's a child molester is completely irrelevant to the story. We never find out why she turns into a zombie, if the guy she had sex with was a zombie, and why there are parasites in her vagina. We never find out. The movie acts like its a mystery trying to figure out what is wrong with her and in the end, we're left unsatisfied because the point of the whole movie was never answered. The whole time the girl is running around trying to find out what's happening to her. We find out she's a zombie, but don't know why. It's just a really stupid movie with no point to it. I guess the moral of the story is don't have unprotected sex with strangers at parties or else you'll turn into a zombie and kill all your friends.More
Body horror takes the form of an STD in hyperdrive spreading from one host to the next. Contagion focuses on Samantha, and the virus she's infected with can be a metaphor for unprotected sex, her homosexuality, or her shallow personality reflected outwards. There is a lot of territory that the film doesn't explore, and it ends abruptly just when things get interesting. But it does the trick in delivering plenty of gross out, unnerving moments.More
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