Contracted (2013)

After a one night stand with a random stranger, Samantha contracts what she thinks is an STD... but is in fact something much worse. (c) IFC Midnight

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 22, 2013
DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andy Webster
New York Times

The ending to this fable misses the opportunity for broader metaphorical resonance, but getting there has its own unnerving rewards.

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Dennis Harvey

A body-horror opus that will satisfy genre fans who like to be grossed out, but doesn't have much to offer on any other count.

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Richard Haridy

Contracted is an efficiently icky, gross-out exercise in body horror that should please fans of this kind of thing. Still, the lack of any substance below the surface is ultimately too frustrating to ignore.

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Martin Tsai
Los Angeles Times

"Contracted" can best be described as "Contagion" meets "Blue Is the Warmest Color," without all those explicit sex scenes.

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Heather Wixson
Daily Dead

A thoughtful and wonderfully cringe-inducing body horror story, Contracted is an often frightening and nasty exploration of isolation and desperation that grabs hold from the start and doesn't let up until the film's bitter conclusion.

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Jamie S. Rich

Our inability to identify with [Townshend] means we can't identify with the film's central horror, and thus "Contracted" isn't all that unsettling.

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Rob Staeger
Village Voice

There's no payoff to the paranoia.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A very adult and straight faced glimpse at an ugly human being rotting from the inside out...

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Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald

By being the director/writer and co-producer, England the writer didn't have an independent director to say, "Hey, the ending needs to be stronger!" or "What's the movie saying about lesbians having sex with men?"

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Most pointless movie ever. The whole movie is just the girl turning into a zombie and constantly being a bitch to everyone especially her mother. No likable… More
Jesse Ortega
This is a pretty damn smart, and subversive, horror movie. I say this because it's pretty much an anti-zombie film. It's a zombie film without… More
Edward Boxler
Body horror takes the form of an STD in hyperdrive spreading from one host to the next. Contagion focuses on Samantha, and the virus she's infected with… More
Cynthia S.
I couldn't get passed the bad acting...