Written by Scotty
Having someone to depend on is something that everyone needs. Regardless how much we may like being alone, having someone that will look after you and help whenever you need it makes life much more livable. Even if you have not found this one person that is there for you for every situation, you have your friends that are good at helping with specific issues and even though they may not be the ones you want to turn to at all times, they will do anything in their power to help you.
Samantha has just moved back home with her mother while waiting to hear back from horticulture school for admission. Even with her shady past, Sam has been able to focus all of her wrong doings into producing some never before seen flowers and wants to show the world. With her mother keeping a close eye on her, since the last time Sam was at home she was hooked on drugs, she knows that it is only for a few weeks and if this gardening path does not free her from her home, her new girlfriend will.
After a rough break up, Samantha has found her new love with a bartender from her work, Nikki who is helping Sam stay clean and sane. Although this is Sam’s first relationship with a woman, she his happy and willing to lay it all on the line to make sure it works out. When going to a party however, Sam is drugged and has sex with a party goer named B.J. who takes full advantage of her. With Nikki missing the party altogether, Sam believes she can keep this a secret from her love and pretend like nothing has happened, but she gets very sick and cannot explain why.
Thinking that this is a sexually transmitted disease, Sam turns to her doctor and tells him the story of what has happened, but the doctor is not able to give her any answers upfront, he just tells her to keep doing what she is doing and she should get better. But it becomes more apparent that there is something much more wrong with her as she starts to bleed profusely and her appearance becomes more sickly. Trying to find out what is wrong with her, she hears that the police are looking for the same guy from the party that she had hooked up with, but with no reason why they are looking for him, she keeps her silence. As the third day of her sickness strikes, Sam has become very sensitive to sound and her eyes have changed from their normal hue to a blood red. Thinking that she is on drugs again, her mother tries everything in her power to have another intervention, but what is wrong with Sam runs deeper than a nasty habit.
Contracted follows Samantha as she is trying to get into a horticulture school and relieve herself from her past. Knowing that she will never have a clean slate at home with her mother from her past drug problems, Sam is looking to move on. Completely changing her lifestyle has helped since breaking up with her boyfriend and moving on to a girlfriend for the first time in her life. Nikki is just what the doctor ordered for Sam and even though nobody seems to want them together, Sam has never been happier. At a party however, Nikki was not able to attend, leaving Sam alone and vulnerable to the world. Being drugged and raped, Sam tries with all of her might to keep it a secret from her mother and Nikki, but as the days move by, Sam gets sick. Thinking that it is a sexually transmitted disease, Sam turns to her doctor to help, but as he is not able to give any sort of treatment until the blood tests come back, he is no help. Sam does not know what is happening to her body, but as the hours roll by, she becomes more sick and it is becoming more apparent to the outside world. While trying to hide what is happening to her, Sam’s body will not stop changing as the sickness moves throughout her body and becomes something dangerous for anyone that comes into contact with her.
This is a very depressing story to say the least. With a good story and fantastic acting, I was blown away by how it played out. Not getting anyone to believe her and what was really happening with her health due to her tainted past is just very upsetting, but is true is so many ways. With people judging Sam about her past and current lifestyle, and when she needs help, there may be nobody that will step up to the plate. This is a fantastic character piece as you watch Sam’s deterioration before your very eyes, and it is not just the makeup that will make you cringe as you can see her emotions changing very drastically as well. Stay Scared.