CONTRACTED (2013) Reviews and overview

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‘Not your average one night stand’

Contracted is a 2013 American horror film written and directed by Eric England. The movie stars Najarra Townsend, Simon Barrett (You’re Next screenwriter), Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre II) and Charley Koontz.



Samantha, a young woman, has a one-night stand with a stranger (Simon Barrett), contracting what she thinks is a sexually transmitted disease, but it is actually something far worse. As things begin to crumble around her, she’s sent on a disturbing and bloodcurdling journey…


“By infusing a degree of melodrama into the narrative, a layer of comedy also emerges. England allows us to experience the abject while at the same time he relieves us from the guilt of taking pleasure in it. This is the brilliance of Contracted.”


Contracted is being positioned as a gross-out shocker, which it to some extent. But to consider it only as such belies the film’s slow burn structure, and does a tremendous disservice to England and lead actress Najarra Townsend’s rich character work. The real surprise of the film is not a unique inventiveness with gore (it isn’t especially), but its cutting insights into character and social setting.” Ben Croll, Twitch Film


” …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.” Michael Smith, White City Cinema

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