Netflix Movie Review: Contracted

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.Contracted2013poster

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.

Phillip Tomasso
Author of The Vaccination Trilogy

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2 thoughts on “Netflix Movie Review: Contracted”

  1. I added this movie to my cue as a result of this review. I honestly spent a good portion of the movie watching with my jaw almost hitting the floor. It’s a strange adaptation to what can be described as zombie ‘patient zero’ as Phil explains above, a concept that I don’t believe has been covered in yet in the Zombie genre. So A+ to the writers and directors for being unique and original. I agree with Phil, that there are not too many “Scares” and This is NOT a high action film. It has more of a cerebral feel to it, with several instances of “Ohmygod… did that really just happen?”
    Overall I give this a 3.5 out of 5. because it is a film about zombies (kinda) but it’s not a zombie film in the traditional sense.

  2. Excellent film – agree with everything above and the first comments by Adrian. This film has great potential to turn into something more – more than one were infected and this could spawn a series (if done correctly [!!!]) of a deeper, more cerebral zombie apocalypse. I would very much like to see where this goes after the end of the film.

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