Rhino Horror Review: Contracted slowly rots away, one tooth at a time

Horror Boom would like to agree 100% with this assessment of Contracted (though Ryan of Rhino’s Horror was a little kinder than I was; click on the “Read More” link for his well put-together review and thoughts). Yesterday I attached my review of the movie to the re-blog; unfortunately I was on over-the-counter cold remedy since I “contracted” a flu virus myself a couple of days ago (obviously, it wasn’t anywhere close to what happens to the lead character in the movie and I sure as hell didn’t contract it the same way as she did). So when I wrote it I felt a little …swimmy (if this sounds like I was having any fun at all with the side-effects, trust me, I wasn’t).  I wasn’t exactly on my A-game, the formatting and grammar was shitty, so I took it down and will polish my review of Contracted and re-post soon. Meantime,  check out the Rhino Horror review (spoilers in the comments section …though trust me, the movie’s already spoiled fairly rotten, so what the hell, up to you).


There’s something about watching the human body slowly transform into unspeakable terror that will always find a way under my skin, and director Eric England delivers just that in his body horror feature Contracted. There are a few moments in the film that make this one a solid enough entry in the body horror genre, but its story and the questionable decisions made by its characters turn this one away from what could have been something great. It centers around a young girl who has a one-night stand with a stranger and contracts what she thinks is a sexually transmitted disease—but it is actually something far worse. As things begin to crumble around her, she is sent on a disturbing journey.

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Film Review: ‘Contracted’

…Already blasted, she’s an easy mark for party crasher B.J. (Simon Barrett), who slips her a roofie and then has vigorous sex with her in a car outside. At first the only consequences of these hijinks are guilt and a monumental hangover, but soon Sam is bleeding (and shedding maggots) from various orifices, and suffering aural hallucinations, cramps, eye discoloration, loss of hair and teeth, et al. Her doctor can’t figure out what’s going on, beyond a certainty that it’s the result of some STD… Nevertheless, it succeeds within its very limited goal of simply chronicling one unfortunate young woman’s body going to hell over a few alarming days’ course, aided by Mayera Abeita’s discomfiting special makeup effects. While her character is never appealing on the inside, either, Townsend gamely throws herself into portraying Sam’s panic (and eventual violent anger) over such external decay. Tech/design contributions to England’s fourth feature are all solid on modest means.

-From the Variety review by Dennis Harvey

Well, we’re still going to see it.