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).
- Body horror: Talking the best of David Cronenberg (metronews.ca)
- Film Review: ‘Contracted’ (horrorboom.com)
- David Cronenberg’s Visual Shock (nybooks.com)
- You’re All Gonna Laugh at The Editing Room’s Parody of The “Carrie” (2013) Remake! (horrorboom.com)
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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