Contracted Phase 2 (2015)
directed by: Josh Forbes
starring: Matt Mercer, Marianna Palka, Morgan Peter Brown
format: Netflix Streaming
(out of 5)
The Movie: Giant fan of the first film. Totally caught me off guard at the end that it was a "zombie" movie. Never realized the girl was infected with a zombie contagion until the very end of the film. This one of course did not have the punch the first one did. I do not expect a sequel to be better than the first but I do expect them to follow suite with the first or previous film otherwise why not just remake the idea. I was both excited and unsure when I saw that this movie had a part two or I guess a Phase Two. I just expected this one to have a "Quarantine" style cheap sequel with cheap easy cgi-effects and a bunch of jump scares. Gladly wrong this time.
The Gore/Fx: This is an fx movie. Or should I say nasty fx movie. Yes for sure it's more complicated from a writing/directing stand point but if you took out the gross out slicing, puss-squeezing, and bloody vomit scenes the impact would not be felt the same. This is why I can't stand it when people complain about say the quarter scene from Bone Tomahawk or the head slice scene from Apocalypto. Claiming that only the horror and gore hounds need to see such atrocities. No gore and nastiness happens in real life and no camera angle, sound, or dialogue can pull out the negative emotions a good bloody or putrid effect can produce. I'm sorry the fact that you are so offended by it proves it did it's job and this movie loves proving that point. Well done practical effects too no lazy cgi blood and gore.
The Shots: So many great close-ups of just gut wrenching horror! These movies are awesome for gross out money shots I love it! I'm a gorehound though so it's all par for the course when you have a zombie film of any kind. Well any good kind anyway.
The Music: Nothing out of the ordinary or exception here. Not bad but overall just kind of mediocre. The sounds on the other hand were all pulled together well. Sounds of pushing infected pockets of yellow fluid and meal worms out from wounds were spectacular. Plus you have a super high pitched sound that seems to be a kind of side effect of the virus. Kudos there.