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Seeing the final cut of Contracted Phase II should make for an interesting experience. Eric England writer and director of the first Contracted has gone on record and expressed a lessthanpositive opinion of the flick. Trailers look intriguing. What are we really going to see here and will it not only follow but play faithful in tone and direction to Englands original picture We just dont know yet but were getting awfully close to learning the truth. »
Contracted (2013), from director Eric England, dealt with a very contagious sexually transmitted infection. In Contracted: Phase II, that disease is continuing to spread. Though, England has passed the director's chair to Josh Forbes. This next film focuses on the disease ridden character Riley. Recently, the film's first action packed trailer was released; horror fans can find it below. More story details can be found in the trailer. However, the synopsis mentions that this second film picks up right where the first left off. Riley (Matt Mercer), contaminated by Samantha (Najarra Townsend), is searching for a cure to his illness, which is ravaging his body. Meanwhile, the infection is spreading through much of Los Angeles, with no one immune. IFC Films will distribute this title. Contracted: Phase II will be available September 4th, 2015, through Video-on-demand. And, the film will see a few select theatres, likely in La. Fans of zombie thrillers »
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The very final moments of Eric England’s 2013 Std body horror film, Contracted delivered an twist, which pushed the film—if just briefly—into a whole different subgenre. Will Contracted: Phase II follow accordingly, or keep its small portrait of decomposition? Its splattery trailer suggests: both. Matt Mercer returns in the sequel, now directed by Josh Forbes and written…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
With more and more people staying in and firing up movies on VOD, smaller movies now have a chance to find an audience and following. That's the case for the 2013 horror flick "Contracted," which has been green-lit for a sequel after it had a strong showing with viewers on demand. Today we've got the exclusive, intense teaser for the follow-up, "Contracted: Phase II." Eric England has moved on from the director's chair, passing the torch to Josh Forbes who guides the first film's stars Matt Mercer and Alice MacDonald through the next chapter. The story follows follows Riley, one of the last people to come in contact with Samantha, who is carrying a dangerous disease, as he scrambles to track down those responsible for the outbreak. Riley must find them before the highly contagious disease not only consumes his body, but the world as we know it. "Contracted: Phase II" arrives on September 4th. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Eric England definitely knows the meaning of patience. After shooting his feature debut, Madison County, he instantly jumped into Roadside, a thriller about a young couple whose car is stuck in the snowy roads, while a sniper takes his aim at them. It’s a psychological wild ride, and while it would have made sense to release it after Madison County, England moved onto the film that really put him on the map with the much loved Contracted. Now after recently wrapping yet another film, the dark comedy, kidnapping gone horribly wrong film Get The Girl, England’s Roadside is finally available on DVD, courtesy of Image Entertainment. Eric was nice enough to hop on the phone and chat with Icons about the journey of getting Roadside released and what’s coming next. Read on!
It’s definitely been a journey from when you shot Roadside to it finally being released. »
- Jerry Smith
In 2013, filmmaker Eric England broke out with indie horror, Contracted, a film which intrigued and repulsed many audiences on subject matter alone. The Najarra Townsend-starring Std terror was England’s third film as director, but only second to be released. Between his 2011 Arkansas slasher debut Madison County and the Los Angeles-based Contracted lie a…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Thrillers are always interesting. Everything relies on suspense and the attempt to keep the audience engrossed and wanting to see the puzzle come together right in front of them. Some work and some don’t, that’s just a fact that comes with the territory. It’s all about Wanting to take a journey with the film’s characters, and thankfully, Eric England’s Roadside is just that kind of film, one that makes you want to keep watching to find out what will happen, and succeeding at being a good thriller (and story in general) at the same time.
Revolving around Dan and Mindy Summers (Ace Marrero and Katie Stegeman), a couple driving alongside some very cold conditions, Roadside does a good job of letting its viewers know that their protagonists are already on shaky ground, with hints that the husband might be cheating on the wife and the »
- Jerry Smith
Contracted, originally screened at Frightfest back in 2013, stars Najarra Townsend as Samantha, a young woman who contracts something nasty after being date-raped at a party. Over the course of a few short days, she begins bleeding from pretty much every orifice and quite literally falling to bits. Her already fragile relationships with her friends, colleagues and mother (Caroline Williams) also start to break down as she refuses to seek help and becomes increasingly isolated.
The body horror elements within the film were really well done – that is to say, very icky. Cronenberg fans will be well satisfied with the deterioration of the flesh on display here. The film’s portrayal of an insular and personal crisis is well done. Samantha is on a self-destructive path in addition to the horrifying illness she finds herself with. »
- Phil Wheat
8 items from 2015
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