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Contracted (2013)
Movie Review by The Gravedigger

Contracted (2013) Samantha (Najarra Townsend), who is on the outs with her girlfriend, Nikki, goes to a party, gets smashed and has sex with a strange bald guy who was watching her that entire evening. The next day she meets up with Nikki for breakfast. She's blonde, tattooed, abrasive and seems to be not very interested in Samantha any more. They had been together for ten months before Samantha moved out a few weeks ago, to live with her mother (Caroline Williams of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2).

The next day she feels as if she still has a hangover--and she's bleeding from her vagina. She talks to a friend who was at the party and she tells her that the police showed up at her place, asking about a man who was at the party. The same man she has sex with. Samantha is a little concerned but goes to work at her waitress job. Things quickly go downhill. She's nauseous and has a terrible ringing in her ears. She's also crapping blood. Now she goes to the doctor (portrayed by Ruben Pla, who was also a doctor in INSIDIOUS and BIG ASS SPIDER). After the exam he tells her that she has a very slow heartbeat and an infection in her ear canals. She admits to also having a rash in her genital area and this makes him think it's a sexual disease. But he won't know until he gets the tests back.

That night Samantha bleeds from her eye, loses a tooth and vomits blood. Her mother thinks she's back to taking drugs. Day 3 is the worst. Her hair is falling out and fingernails are coming off. She returns to the doctor, who is visibly alarmed. He tells her not to come into contact with anyone until they know what the disease is. Does she listen? What she does do is go insane--and violence erupts towards those around her.

I found CONTRACTED very familiar, probably because, yes, it's been done before. I started watching the "Making of" extra on the dvd and turned it off right after the director spoke about coming up with a unique zombie twist, of having the contagion spread through sex. Uh, maybe he should've watched some David Cronenberg movies like SHIVERS and RABID. Oh, and also Cronenberg's remake of THE FLY, which this ENTIRE movie reminded me of.

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