4 maart 2014
Eric England
Najarra Townsend (Me and You and Everyone We Know)
Caroline Williams (Days of Thunder, Halloween II)
Alice Macdonald
Katie Stegeman
Matt Mercer (Madison County)
Year: 2013
A Première TV Distribution Release



Contracted tells the cautionary tale of Samantha (Townsend), a twenty-something party girl with little discipline and even less direction. After experiencing a lapse in her relationship with her lover (Stegeman), she's forced to move back in with her overbearing mother (Williams). Samantha's only means to escape seems to come in the form of a flower competition that she's determined to win. Things take a turn for the worse when Samantha spends the night with mysterious man (Barrett), leaving her hung‐over and guilt‐ridden. However, something else is wrong with Samantha. Something is infecting her. Unsure of the disease or the man who gave it to her, she must attempt to hide it from her loved ones. Now, Samantha realizes she is not just the victim of an STD, but rather the host of something much more catastrophic.


  • Yes, it's icky and violent and shocking, but Contracted is also smart, insightful, and sort of tragic. Townsend's performance pretty much steals the whole show, but this still stands as one of the most intriguing indie horror films I've seen this year.
  • when something dies, something new is born. In this case, it is not just Sam, but genre itself, that is being torn apart and put back together again in a refreshingly defamiliarised form.
  • Mines not only genuine terror from this Cronenberg-ian body-horror scenario but also a surprisingly rich vein of black comedy. The result is a fairly awesome low-budget shocker that creates and sustains a spirit of nasty fun that filmmakers with much higher budgets would no doubt love to buy. There's a certain kind of horror gem capable of rocking a late night film festival audience and, by God, Contracted rocked the Chicago International Film Festival.
  • If Jaws was the film that made people never want to go into the water again, Contracted is the one that will make them think twice before having sex. Score: A.


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