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Contracted (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 22 November 2013 (USA)
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After being drugged and raped at a party, a young woman contracts what she thinks is an STD; but, it's actually something much worse.

Director:

Eric England

Writer:

Eric England
3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Najarra Townsend ... Samantha
Caroline Williams ... Sam's Mom
Alice Macdonald ... Alice
Matt Mercer ... Riley
Katie Stegeman ... Nikki
Charley Koontz ... Zain
Simon Barrett ... BJ
Ruben Pla ... The Doctor
E-Kan Soong ... George
Dave Holmes ... The Therapist
Kaela Crawford Kaela Crawford ... The Waitress
Andre Boyer ... The Sign-In Guy
Celia Finkelstein ... Nice Customer #1
Laura Baggett ... Nice Customer #2
Chris Candy ... Random Guy
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Storyline

During a rough period in her life, beautiful Samantha reluctantly decides to attend her best friend's party, and even though she still struggles with a previous addiction, she unwisely accepts a drink from a complete stranger. As a result, shortly after, hapless Samantha considerably inebriated, she will end up raped in the backseat of the malicious predator's car, however, from that point on, the terrible incident will be the least of her problems. Straight away and rather inexplicably, poor Samantha will begin noticing rapid and drastic organic changes in her body, and being unable to pinpoint the origin of the dramatic transformation, within the next 72 hours, she will embrace her gruesome and pitiless fate as well as the certainty that she is falling apart. Literally. Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

Not your average one night stand. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Zaraza See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,328, 22 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,105
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is part one of two movies. As in this is part one the first movie out of two since there is a second movie (Contracted 2). See more »

Goofs

When Sam goes to see Alice at dinner her right eye is bleeding, but when she goes to the bathroom to look at it, her left eye is bleeding. Then for the remainder of the movie, it's her right eye. See more »

Connections

Followed by Contracted: Phase II (2015) See more »

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Boring
Performed by Fur Coats for Sportsmen
Written by Michael Mehlan & Justin M. Misch
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Moments of Greatness that don't go anywhere in the end
16 July 2014 | by ms-omen73See all my reviews

The movie pulls the viewer in right from the get go with a dose of necrophilia, leaving you wondering just what you actually saw. Then we find ourselves following the main character Samantha as she makes her way to a party, minus her better half. While at the party she tries to be a good girl but things go wrong as she falls to pressure and drinks her sorrows away. Before you know it she finds herself in trouble with a guy at the party, and wakes the next morning bloodied, sore, not too sure of what happened the night before. Samantha makes her way to the doctor with various symptoms, and tries to blow off her discomfort since the doctor doesn't seem concerned. Samantha's condition however wont let her ignore it. We watch in disbelief as she gets sicker in the most creepy and uncomfortable of ways, while her life falls apart around her. All of this becomes too much for Samantha to bear, as her body withers so does her mind, until she finally succumbs to violent madness pulling you along for the ride!

I have to say this movie started off really strongly. I was pulled right into the story and although parts were predictable it didn't matter too much as the tension and creepiness of the movie more than made up for it. Samantha's mental breakdown led to some unexpected fun that was a nice change of pace for the film,and helped keep the story moving. The effects are done really well too, making for some cringe worthy moments! Viewers will find it almost hard to watch parts of this film as the symptoms ravage Samantha's body. There were a lot of things that worked in this movie to make it very watch worthy!

While many things worked for this film, some did not. This film really takes a high level of "suspension of disbelief" to really be able to get into. Samantha's condition gets to a point where it makes no sense why she isn't, either voluntarily or by force of the doctor who is treating her, at the hospital for treatment and quarantine purposes. The fact that neither happen are truly a hard sell to the viewer. Samantha's mother (Caroline Williams) is also a bit of a hard sell as she seems completely oblivious to her daughters medical demise in front of her eyes choosing instead to believe drugs are the issue, which is fairly ridiculous given her symptoms. However, if you can overlook those two glaring points the rest of the story is pretty good, with some decent twists.

I mostly enjoyed this one. Contracted was tense, interesting and aside from the disbelief issue, pretty absorbing. The ending of the film was a bit of a disappointment for me. It felt like a cop out of sorts. I really wish they had done something different, but I wont pan an otherwise good film for the final 5 minutes. All in all, this is worth a view, I'd definitely recommend renting this one, but I won't be adding it to my collection any time soon.

*HeatherOmen* TheHorrorNation.net


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