Synopsis from IFC:
After a break in her relationship with her lover (Katie Stegeman), twentysomething party girl Samantha (Najarra Townsend, Me and You and Everyone We Know) has to move back in with her overbearing mother (Caroline Williams, Hatchet III, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2). Things seem to be at an all-time low until Samantha soon finds escape in a one-night stand with a mysterious man (Simon Barrett, V/H/S, 24 Exposures), but their encounter leaves her hung-over, guilt-ridden - and infected. Uncertain of the ailment she's caught an knowing little about the man who gave it to her, Samantha attempts to hide her deteriorating condition from her loved ones. But she soon realizes that she is not just the victim of an STD, but the host of something much more catastrophic, and that she and those around her are in mortal danger.
The story itself throws a twist and turn at some of the more recent zombie/infection narratives but really this as much a personal tale as it is an outbreak story. I'd equate it more to REC than a 28 Days Later, and remember... this isn't an fullblown zombie hoard or infected takeover. This is one girl's struggle to be human when she absolutely can't be human anymore, when her body turns against her, when the world fails to understand and finally, when she gives up (no spoilers here).
Perhaps my favorite surprise was seeing Caroline Williams as the mom. I have a special love affair/star crush with her ever since falling in love with her during Texas Chainsaw Massacre II. It was nice to see her in Hatchet III this past year as well. She plays the part well.
So if you dig Cronenberg, this is for you. If you can't handle body horror or degeneration or gore... you'll have to skip it thought it is more cerebral than most gore pictures I've enjoyed in recent memory. I might add this to my best of list post-haste for 2013. It's worth revising that list.
You can order Contracted now! Arrives March 18th. Catch it! (poor choice of words?)