Ill: FINAL CONTAGIUM (2019) Review and overview

 

Ill: Final Contagium is a 2019 Italian anthology horror film produced by Domiziano Cristopharo (Deep Web; POE 4: The Black Cat; Virus: Extreme Contamination; et al) collecting together the work of directors “who are characterized by working from an authorial and irreverent perspective”: Chilean Lucio A. Rojas (Trauma, 2017), Lorenzo Dante Zanoni (‘Caetophofia’ segment of A Taste of Phobia, 2018) and Kai E. Bogatzki (Scars of Xavier, 2017).

The anthology segments are:

Contagium: Written by Lucio A. Rojas along with the actress Ximena del Solar, a regular contributor to his films, tells of the beginning of a global pandemic originated by the macabre experiment of a military scientist. Starring Felipe Ríos, Ximena del Solar and Rayloren Mata.

Gully: Zanoni introduces us to the calvary of a young man who, as a result of his ambition, is the victim of a painful metamorphosis. Stars Tommaso Arnaldi.

The Body: Cristopharo delves into the martyrdom suffered by a woman obsessed with beauty and who resorts to a home cosmetic surgery in order to save money. Stars Chiara Pavoni.

The Cabin: Bogatzki concludes the story initiated by Rojas by presenting the viewer with the vision of a post-apocalyptic era in which money becomes the only means that can allow the infected to stay alive. Stars Max Evans.

Reviews:

“There’s stronger and weaker entries but none disappoint in the complete picture. Ill: Final Contagium wants to wave a blistered hand in your face and let you smell the puss. It’s not here to be friendly or kind. It is here just to shock and revolt you, but above all, compel you to keep watching.” Severed Cinema

“All four segments of Ill: Final Contagium are well done and will have you watching even when you want to look away. And you will want to look away, there’s some extremely gross stuff on display here, and the effects are all excellent.” Voices from the Balcony