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The Contracted duology are a pair of sequels based around a sexually-transmitted zombie virus.

Contracted, released in 2013, is the story of Samantha, a shy young woman whose drink was spiked at a party by a stranger named BJ, and she contracts the disease that slowly rots her away over the course of three days, both physically and mentally.

Contracted: Phase II, released in 2015, picks up where the last movie left off, only this time, focusing around Riley, as he attempts to seek out BJ and find a cure.


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Tropes common to both movies:

  • The Aggressive Drug Dealer: Averted with Zain, who seems like a reasonably nice guy for a drug peddler and doesn't try to push his... wares on others. Although he did sell roofies to BJ, which set the events of the first film in motion.
  • Body Horror: Both films deal with a necrotizing STD that physically rots its host within days before turning them into zombies. This is a given. People bleed from their genitals profusely at first, then develop black veins showing through their skin, develop bloodshot eyes, lose fingernails, begin to visibly rot and finally have milky white eyes and then go full zombie after that.
  • Downer Ending: Neither film is given a very upbeat conclusion.
  • Embarrassing Initials: Brett Jaffe.
  • Lack of Empathy:
    • In the first film, there's Nikki. She's utterly callous toward Sam throughout the film. After learning Sam had been with a man (it was rape) she's disgusted and dumps her (it's uncertain if she realizes this, but if so doesn't care at all).
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    • In the second film this apparently was BJ's entire reason for spreading the virus. Although he also claims to have Knight Templar motive.
    BJ: A new beginning, an eternal night, wrath like never before cleansing society and all I ever wanted was to feel. To feel anything, pain, love, anger.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters
  • Meaningful Name: BJ has a tattoo of "Abaddon" on his hand, and says "Abaddon's coming" at the end of his rant calling for humanity's destruction. "Abaddon" literally means "destruction" in Hebrew, and is given to an angel in the Book of Revelation who brings a plague of locusts against humanity, and sometimes also a bottomless pit in which the dead dwell, both very appropriate to invoke.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: They’re the product of a sexually transmitted disease from a Serial Rapist who carries the disease, but is immune. It causes people to decay over the course of three days, and to reanimate upon death. After that, everything's pretty straight-forward.
  • Plaguemaster: BJ. He carries the disease, and while he doesn't display any apparent symptoms, he still might smell of rot, since he has air fresheners in his car.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Zain, the Affably Evil drug and arms dealer is always Played for Laughs anytime he's onscreen in an otherwise dark and depressing couple of movies.
  • Serial Rapist: Brett “BJ” Jaffe is a particularly nasty one. He carries the zombie virus, but doesn’t display any symptoms and as such, is immune. And he deliberately infects women with it, either consensually or not.
  • The Virus: The infection in the films is transmitted by fluids (e.g. saliva, semen or blood) and transforms people into zombies over the course of a few days.


The first film:

  • Affectionate Nickname: Samantha's friends and her lover Nikki call her Sam frequently.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Samantha. Though she insists throughout the movie that she is a lesbian, she has apparently had relationships with men in the past and she seduces Riley near the end of the movie. Nikki reinforces the idea by calling her a ‘confused little girl going through a phase’ at one point.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: After spending the entire film trying to cope with her infection, Samantha dies in a car crash and returns as a zombie.
  • Asshole Victim: Nikki, who was constantly trying to control Sam's life and generally treated her poorly and badmouthed everyone close to her.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The film ends with a fully zombified Sam being called to by her mother while a pair of cops shout at her to freeze. Samantha charges at her mother, the screen goes black, and screams and crunching sounds are heard.
  • Death by Sex: In a prolonged and horrific fashion. Samantha catches an STD due to being rape by BJ, which slowly transforms her into a zombie (he's an immune carrier of the virus). At the end, she's entirely gone, attacking her mother and then being shot to death by the police.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Sam goes off the deep end when Nikki gives her a scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech and tries to shut the door in her face.
  • Disappeared Dad: Sam's overbearing mother is a big part of the film. Her dad isn't mentioned or seen though.
  • Does Not Like Men: Nikki in spades. In fact, she utterly despises them and makes this clear more than once. She's particularly annoyed by the fact that, being a lesbian, she gets even more attention from them. After learning Samantha had been with a man, she dumps her (while it isn't clear if she's aware this was rape, it's due to obvious distaste).
  • Dogged Nice Guy:
    • Riley, to Sam. He appears to be genuinely attempting to be nice to her, but just doesn't realize that she isn't interested.
    • Alice, too. She appears to have Sam's best interests in mind, trying to keep her away from Nikki, who she suspects is a bad influence (and considering Nikki's behavior towards Sam, she isn't wrong). Of course, Sam will have none of this, and buys into Nikki's accusation that she's trying to keep them apart because she wants Sam for herself.
    • Sam herself to Nikki, who treats her with contempt throughout the movie.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Samantha is a pretty good example of this already, but by end of the movie her skin is almost translucent, which makes her hair stand out all the more.
  • Eye Scream: A subdued example. Samantha’s eyes both become hideously discolored; the iris of one eye turns completely red, while the other develops a gross-looking cataract. Played straight in the sequel, where we see Sam's corpse in the morgue; the cops shot her in the eye, leaving behind a gaping entry wound. Riley’s eyes go through the same process after he gets infected.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Alice apparently doesn’t notice that some random stranger she’s never met and whom no one seems to know is crashing her house party and giving drinks to her inebriated friend. Riley also botches his own Spot Check when he agrees to have unprotected sex with a girl who is visibly very sick and was violently rejecting him not an hour ago, and who probably doesn’t smell very good at this point, given that she’s literally rotting from the inside out. Granted, she put on a ton of makeup and dimmed the lights, but come on, guy.
  • The Faceless: Whenever BJ is onscreen, his face is hidden in shadow. This is averted in Phase II, however.
  • Fan Disservice: Sam is frequently shown in her underwear while bleeding heavily from… below. And that’s not even mentioning the sex scene between her and Riley, where she’s rotting and maggots are falling off that same area. There's also the scene where Sam kisses Alice, then promptly vomits blood into her mouth.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Averted and played straight when Samantha attacks Alice. She knocks her down and bites her throat out, which we get to see, and then grabs a stone pestle to bash her head in. The camera switches to Alice’s perspective and cuts to black right as the pestle lands.
  • Green Thumb: Samantha has one. The opening credits of the movie show her tending to her flowers, she excitedly chatters about her dendrobiums during her lunch with Nikki, and she’s hoping to get into a floriculture competition.
  • Heteronormative Crusader: Sam's mom, who's Catholic, clearly disapproves of her having a relationship with another woman.
  • Idiot Ball: Pretty much everyone grabs it at some point. Zain starts things off by selling roofies to someone he doesn’t know at a party full of intoxicated young women. Samantha continues to insist that she’s fine and refuses to seek help or go to the police, even as she’s hemorrhaging from her vagina, vomiting blood, losing her hair and fingernails, and slowly going blind in one eye. Her doctor also snags it when he doesn’t insist on holding Samantha for observation or just straight up putting her into quarantine. The ball then gets passed to Sam’s mom, who assumes that she’s using drugs again, even though she’s clearly sick and not high. Even Samantha’s boss, who gets all of about three minutes of screentime, manages to grab it when he tells her that she still has to work her waitressing job after seeing how awful she looks. Riley wraps up the game of Idiot Ball Toss when he eagerly agrees to have unprotected sex with a girl who violently rejected him only a few hours ago, not questioning her obvious physical ailments.
  • I Love the Dead: The movie opens on BJ having sex with a corpse. Things go downhill from there.
  • Jerkass: Even before she finds out that Samantha was drugged by BJ, Nikki comes off as a passive-aggressive Control Freak, even sinking to keeping her letter of acceptance without telling her, though everyone in the cast comes off as a jerkass at one point or another. Samantha treats her mother like shitnote  and lashes out at pretty much everyone who tries to help her, especially Alice. Zain openly admits to selling date rape drugs to strangers and doesn’t seem all that sorry about it. Nikki just seems to hate everyone equally, including Samantha. Riley can’t seem to take the hint that Samantha doesn’t want him around and keeps chasing after her like a particularly dense puppy. Even Samantha’s mom has her moments; she apparently has called Sam a dyke to her face and angrily accuses her of using drugs again, even trying to stage an intervention.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • Nikki dumping Sam after learning she'd been with a man (even though it was rape). It's unclear if she knows or cares about that. Notably, this is what causes Sam's Face–Heel Turn.
    • While Riley was always rather creepy towards Samantha, it just come across as unnecessary and cruel of her to have sex with him with the intention of infecting him.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: Sam has long hair, stylish feminine clothing and is meticulous about her makeup, while dating another woman. However, given she seduces Riley later, she might be bi.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Samantha, after she bites into Alice’s throat. She reacts with confusion and horror.
  • Oh, Crap!: There are a few of these.
    • Samantha, upon learning that the police are searching for the man who raped her at Alice’s party, and that he’s apparently considered extremely dangerous.
    • Alice also gets one when Samantha bursts into her house after murdering Nikki; Alice’s expression and the tone of her voice during the latter part of the conversation strongly suggest that she knows exactly what Samantha did.
    • Riley gets probably the worst, as he first discovers that he’s just had sex with a girl whose body is literally crawling with maggots, and then discovers Alice’s bloody corpse in the bathtub.
  • Only Sane Man: Alice comes across as this, as she repeatedly tries to convince Samantha to go to the police or the hospital. Unfortunately for her, this is what winds up getting her killed.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: At least at first. Samantha contracts the zombie virus through sexual contact, as does Riley. After that, it progresses pretty similarly to any other zombie infection and can be spread via body fluids and bites.
  • Pet the Dog: Samantha's mother briefly tells her that she's proud of her for having her plants accepted into the gallery.
  • Rape as Drama: Samantha was infected with the virus by BJ drugging her drink, then getting her into his car in the inebriated state to have sex. He doesn't stop when she asks him to either. Afterward, she doesn't remember most of this due to it being rohypnol.
  • Sanity Slippage: As she physically rots away from the virus, Samantha also starts becoming less and less mentally stable until she commits two murders.
  • Slipping a Mickey: It's revealed that the drink BJ gave Sam had rohypnol, which he used to inebriate and rape her, then she lost her memory mostly afterward.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: A cheerful, upbeat pop ballad plays over the end credits, just after Samantha turns into a zombie and kills her own mother. There is also the soft, serene music that plays as Samantha is cleaning herself up and hiding the evidence after murdering Alice.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Riley tends to follow Sam around, attempting to hit on her.
  • Strawman Political: Zig-zagged with Sam’s mother. She’s a devout Catholic who strongly disapproves of her daughter’s homosexuality, but at the same time, displays genuine concern for her well-being and admits to being proud of Sam when she tells her that her entry was accepted.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Poor Sam. She gets raped and infected with a zombie virus, is smothered by her homophobic religious mother, stalked by an old friend, has her plants rejected by the gallery because the owner doesn't recognize her due to the extent of her bodily decay, is given the silent treatment by her control freak girlfriend who later dumps her on the basis that she'd "been with a man" (even though it was rape), and finally ends up in a car crash that kills her and it causes her to come back as a zombie.
  • Villain Protagonist: Samantha starts out as a friendly, if not timid, young woman but as the disease starts to progress in her, she becomes more aggressive, to the point where she murders Nikki and Alice, and has sex with Riley with the intention of getting him infected.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: We get to watch Samantha vomiting blood into the toilet, and later Riley throwing up after he discovers the extent of Samantha’s decay the hard way.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Sam spends the majority of the film rotting away from The Virus, which was deliberately forced on her by a despicable Serial Rapist. Then she goes absolutely apeshit at the end, murdering Nikki for rejecting her, and Alice, who she blamed for said rejection, and has sex with Riley to transmit the disease as revenge for stalking her. Finally, she dies and turns into a zombie, and kills her own mother. Just goes to show what a miserable three days she had.

The second film:

  • And I Must Scream: Harper dies, is zipped up in a body bag, then left in a morgue storage as she reanimates.
  • Actionized Sequel: Mildly, although there's a lot more gunfire involved, and BJ's Evil Plan is played like something out of an action-packed crime thriller.
  • Ax-Crazy: BJ. Goes around spreading his disease by way of rape? Check. Records unhinged rants in his basement about how the world deserves a Zombie Apocalypse? Check. Keeps a zombified woman chained up in said basement? Check. Shoots up a hospital while threatening to blow himself up? Check.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Being the carrier of the virus, BJ survives Riley’s bite, and is hospitalized. Although he fails to kill Detective Young, she’s obviously infected, anyway, and is likely to turn soon. And the plague's only going to continue spreading across the city, and likely the world in time.
  • Black Comedy: Ricky, the security guard, sees Debbie scratching violently at the giant rash on her arm, and all he says is, “Oh hell no” and casually walks away.
  • Evil All Along: It's revealed that BJ is The Dragon to the doctor from the first film.
  • Eye Scream: Harper removes her own eye while trying to take out her contacts.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Zain is mortified when Riley asks him for guns, but gives in and admits he has them.
    Zain: Fucking guns, bro? Do I look like Ted-Fucking-Nugent? (beat, looks at Harper) Don't answer that. Dude, I sell fucking recreational shit here, okay? I sell good times, I help people and I don't fucking kill them, okay? (beat) How much cash you got? (Gilligan Cut, a bunch of guns and ammo are lying on the table)
  • I Am the Noun: "I am the end."
  • Knight Templar: BJ's first Motive Rant contains hints of this, but he contradicts it in his second one, where he makes it clear that he's little more than a sociopath.
    BJ: What you deserve is disease. What you deserve is plague. All the people around you, your sons and daughters, your brothers and sisters, their bodies stacked around you like firewood leaking blood and pus. All the physical that you held so dear. Everything that turned you on... now rotted and stinking from the very... (yelling at the zombified woman he has chained up) QUIET! (beat) Abaddon is coming.
  • Lighter and Softer: Slightly. It has a little more Black Comedy than the first, and at times, comes across as more of a crime/action movie than it does a grueling Body Horror flick, and is more of a straightforward Zombie Apocalypse movie than a cautionary tale about date rape and STDs. The ending is no less grim than the first movie, though, and in fact, is even worse.
  • Madness Mantra: "I am death. I am disease. I am the end. I am death. I am disease. I am the end."
  • Misanthrope Supreme: BJ explains in a Motive Rant that he despises humanity so utterly and wants nothing more than to see them all wiped out by his hand.
  • Narm: Invoked with the song that Dewey plays at Alice’s memorial. James is quick to point out just how hokey it is.
  • Omnicidal Maniac: Here, BJ is not only a Serial Rapist, but a sociopathic Misanthrope Supreme who wants to exterminate the human race.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Riley is about to buy some guns off of Zain, only for him and Harper to be caught by the police and then taken to the hospital, where Harper dies and is trapped in a morgue storage, and Riley is killed by BJ and then comes back as a zombie, then is shot in the head, killing him off for good.
  • Smells of Death: Implied to be the case with BJ. He has a bunch of air fresheners hanging up in his car.
  • Sudden Sequel Death Syndrome: At the beginning of the movie, Sam is shot by the police after killing her mother. Riley also dies, although that only happens at the end.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Riley goes from being the quiet stalker out for Sam’s affection to a zombified Determinator ready to go after the man responsible for the plague.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: As of the sequel, Riley is a much nicer person and not just a creepy stalker. He's shown to care for his grandmother, and to regret standing by while Sam was being raped. He does not, however, refuse to get violent when Harper's classmate tries to stop him from taking her along on the trip to find BJ.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: One has started by the end of the movie.
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