Eric England used a limited budget to shoot Contracted, a 78 minute horror movie. The film is Rated R. There is brief nudity, strong sexual content and bad language. Caroline Williams, who plays the main actress’ mother, might be the only actress in the film with substantial credits in her portfolio.
Samantha (Najarra Townsend) is a lesbian. She works as a waitress, and is in a failing relationship. To make matters worse, she is stuck living back at home with her mother (Caroline Williams).
After her drink is tampered with at a party, she leaves with a mysterious man. Sex is initially consensual, but when Samantha begs him to stop, he does not and she is raped. The next morning Samantha does not feel well. She has memories about the night before, but they are fleeting.
Slowly, Samantha realizes something is terribly wrong. With hemorrhaging, and bloodshot eyes; a rash and a spreading infection, Samantha searches for help. Isolated and alone, she tries to deal with the changes, afraid to risk damaging her relationship beyond repair if the truth about her hetero experience is revealed.
It isn’t only Samantha’s physical health that deteriorates, so does her mental health. Rationale goes out the window in this creepy horror film. While there are not many “scares,” overall I found the concept and story-line chilling. It kept my interest from beginning to end. I felt like I was seeing the first ever zombie movie; as if Samantha was THE Patient Zero. I give Townsend a lot of credit. If this was her first film (I could not find anything else with her in it), she did an amazing job telling the story. Her nervous twitches, and movements, her line delivery and actions . . . I look forward to more films with her staring in them. I believe Contracted deserves 4 out of 5 Tombstones.
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