DVD Contracted

DVD Contracted
DVD Contracted
Run time: 78 min
Rating: 5.2
Genres: Drama | Horror | Thriller
Director: Eric England
Writers: Eric England
Stars: Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, Alice Macdonald
A young girl contracts what she thinks is a sexually-transmitted disease – but is actually something much worse.
Plot Keywords: sexually transmitted disease, disease, los angeles california, ambiguous ending, car crash
Country: USA
Release Date: 22 November 2013 (USA)
Box Office
Opening Weekend: $3,328 (USA) (22 November 2013)
Gross: $3,328 (USA) (22 November 2013)


  1. Contracted: harsh reviews so far, therefore I'll be the first to change the pace a little.

    I've watched horror ever since I can remember, love it, all types, slashers, zombies, ghosts and so on. I graded this one with a 6, maybe a little more than I should, but it definitely has to be over 5, and I'll give you the reasons: 1) the plot was pretty OK, more complex than you see at others 2) characters were divert, one of that, one of this, pretty much natural people 3) dialogue: seems dumb sometimes, might be OK if you consider the nature of the situation each time 4) the ending: did not see that one coming, I for one thought it was heading to a different conclusion.

    I actually was drawn into it, I will not criticize the fact that it didn't rely on gore, blood or nudity, always loved diversity. So, to this strange little movie, that shows how a girl can change over the days, I say: bravo! It was not great, but it does move you slowly to the edge of the seat.

    Contracted: worth a shot!

  2. I saw the trailer for this and wound up paying $6.99 for it On Demand. I think the whole idea behind the movie sounded great, the steady build up to the infection was great, but there was just so much that was ignored and not even wrapped up at the end.

    1. They never even find the guy who infected her in the first place. There was the whole police investigation and an attempt to find him but we are never told why, who he is, what the government may know about him, nothing.

    2. We never find out what it is she's infected with. The whole doctor scene in the beginning was completely unbelievable. Go into any doctor with massive bleeding, a clear infection and weird looking veins and they don't tell you that you have a "head cold" and to go home, after blatantly telling the patient to "not come in contact with anyone." 3. She's completely decaying on the outside and the guy still has sex with her?? And makes out with her??? Then his character is completely gone and we don't find out what happens to him? Obviously he's now infected too, unless I missed something.

    There are loose holes, and an unwrapped up plot at the end. I was very disappointed when the credits started rolling, more questions than answers. Just seemed like they wanted the movie to end without putting any further work into it.

  3. As a big horror fan, particularly the body horror subgenre, I was excited to see this movie at Chicago International Film Festival. Unfortunately, it's so utterly, astonishingly preposterous that enjoyment was impossible. "The Toxic Avenger" is more plausible and well-reasoned than this.

    The main character almost immediately suffers a horrible symptom that would have any sensible woman dialing 911, but she opts to work a shift at a restaurant instead. I'll grant the filmmakers that maybe her disease is dialing up her stupidity, but 30 minutes in, her outward appearance is horrifying – the makeup effects are the sole redeeming element – and none of the other characters seem to notice, despite the fact that these same characters made a point to tell her how horrible she looked 10 minutes earlier, when she had no outwardly visible symptoms. Then again, a trip to the ER, rather than to a doctor whose STD exam doesn't require the patient to remove her jeans, would have ended the movie 15 minutes in.

    Worst of all, the director is too cowardly to really go for the gross- out, other than the opening shot and one well-executed shot near the midpoint. Every other opportunity to make the movie truly horrifying is fumbled. For example, the medical exam could've been a terrifying "Dead Ringers"-esque nightmare, but instead it was just stultifying nonsense.

    I would like to say that it's so bad it's good, but it is most decidedly not. The ability to elicit laughter might have made it passable, but instead it only elicits groans. I'm happy that the filmmakers were able to sell this dreck to some apparently rohypnol-addled exec at IFC, but they've already been paid. There's no reason to feel obligated to spend money on this mess. It'll be streaming soon enough. Skip it, unless you want to spend an evening going, "Seriously?!?" and "Really?!?" for 85 minutes. If it's low-budget gynecological horror you want, rent "Teeth" instead. It's disgusting AND clever.

  4. The only reason I gave this film 2 stars instead 1 is that main actress tried very hard, bless her. Poor thing was trying to make something out of this film which was, mildly put just horrible.

    Plot, was there one? What was happening to her, they never explained. Plot is not existent.

    Acting is poor, except notable exception of the main actress.

    All together very poor film, if I were you I would avoid it.

    I really do not know what else to add about this film, since it was not worth the time.


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