DNDF: Sexually Transmitted Terror

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Friday, September 26, 2014

DNDF: Sexually Transmitted Terror

She walked into my office and I knew she would be trouble.  She had cables and coolant pipes that went from her neck all the way to China.  She was the kind of Divine Search Engine™ that a man could plug all his queries into and she would just come back asking for more, all the while knowing you’re the one who needs her.  She asks if I know why she’s there.  Oh course I do, all artificial humanoid random structure interfaces want the same thing.  I quickly reach for the stack of words I keep in the upper desk drawer, next to the bottle of ‘Stoli’ and my great equalizer, the Smith and Wesson 50 caliber revolver my mother gave me for graduating mail order detective school.  I tell her any work I do will cost her a weeks worth of connecting keywords in movie plots.  She lets me know that she is prepared for the hefty price tag but before I can enter my data she needs to know one thing first.

She leans in close, uncomfortably close, close like the way those black market yoga pants you can buy out be the docks can fit.  She whispers in my ear that I need to do something for her first, something only shared between good friends and angry lovers.  Something that could change the way I look at the world.  Something that could alter the fundamental nature of physics.  She wants to know if I can wrap my manly meathooks around her shiny, supple lever and as hard as I can muster, if I could…

-   S P I N   T H E   W H E E L   -

Sexually transmitted diseases (STD), also referred to as sexually transmitted infections (STI) and venereal diseases (VD), are illnesses that have a significant probability of transmission between humans by means of sexual behavior, including vaginal intercourse, anal sex and oral sex.  Some STIs can also be contracted by using IV drug needles after their use by an infected person, as well as through any incident involving the contact of a wound with contaminated blood or through childbirth or breastfeeding.

Not all STIs are symptomatic, and symptoms may not appear immediately after infection.  In some instances a disease can be carried with no symptoms, which leaves a greater risk of passing the disease on to others. Bacterial STIs include chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis.  There are several viral STIs including herpes simplex, HIV, and human papillomavirus (HPV).  There are also parasite STIs, including the crab louse.

Safer sex is a method of decreasing the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections during sexual activity. Prevention is key in addressing incurable STIs, such as HIV and herpes.  The most effective way to prevent sexual transmission of STIs is to avoid contact of body parts or fluids which can lead to transfer with an infected partner.  Not all sexual activities involve contact: cybersex, phonesex or masturbation from a distance are methods of avoiding contact.  Proper use of condoms reduces contact and risk.  Vaccines are available that protect against some viral STIs, such as Hepatitis B, and some types of HPV.

Warning: These two films should be considered disturbing, watch at your own risk.

Thanatomorphose (2012)

  • Genre: Horror
  • Directed: Éric Falardeau
  • Produced:
    • Patrick Brissette 
    • Éric Falardeau 
    • Marie-Josée Lamontagne 
    • Benoît Lemire
  • Written: Éric Falardeau
  • Starring: Kayden Rose, David Tousignant, Émile Beaudry, Karine Picard, Roch-Denis Gagnon, Eryka Cantieri, Pat Lemaire, Simon Laperrière
  • Music: Unknown
  • Cinematography: Benoît Lemire
  • Editing: Benoît Lemire
  • Studio:
    • Black Flag Pictures 
    • ThanatoFilms
  • Distributed:
    • Bounty Films  
    • Monster Pictures  
    • Unearthed Films
  • Rated:
  • Release Date:
    • 4 October 2012 (Spain) 
    • 21 January 2014 (USA)
  • Running Time: 100 min
  • Country: Canada
  • Language: English

Thanatomorphose is a French word meaning the visible signs of an organism’s decomposition caused by death.

Thanatomorphose is a 2012 Canadian horror film directed by Éric Falardeau and his directorial debut.  It was first released on October 2, 2012, in Spain and has been shown at several film festivals since then, including the Fantasia Film Festival.  Thanatomorphose stars Kayden Rose as a young woman that finds her body slowly rotting from a mysterious ailment.

The film follows Laura, a young woman that is incredibly unhappy with her life.  Her career as an artist is going nowhere and she's trapped in an abusive relationship with her boyfriend.  After one night of incredibly rough sex, Laura discovers several bruises on her body that begin to spread.  She initially pays them no more heed than she would the bruises her boyfriend otherwise gives her, but as time passes the bruises begin to spread over her entire body.  As her body begins to decay at an ever increasing rate, Laura begins to isolate herself and experience dreams filled with decay.  The film culminates with Laura killing her abusive boyfriend as well as a neighbor that had been hitting on her.  At the film's end the rot takes over her entire body, which disintegrates into only her bones.

Critical reception for Thanatomorphose has been mixed, and since its release the film has been compared to Contracted, a similarly plotted film that released in 2013.  Ain't It Cool News gave a mixed review that praised the film's special effects but warning that the film would not appeal to all audiences due to its content.  Fearnet gave a similar review, saying that it was "not the kind of horror film I'd want to watch every week – and I may even find it difficult to recommend – but I'd be lying if I said Thanatomorphose didn't fascinate, aggravate, and impress me at the same time."  Dread Central panned the movie, giving it one and a half blades and criticizing it as "all grue1, little substance".

There may be a reason it took two years to get screened in the US.

Contracted (2013)

  • Genre: Drama – Horror – Thriller
  • Directed: Eric England
  • Produced:
    • Eric England 
    • J.D. Lifshitz 
    • Raphael Margules 
    • Matt Mercer 
    • Joshua Petrino
  • Written: Eric England
  • Starring: Najarra Townsend, Caroline Williams, Alice Macdonald, Katie Stegeman, Matt Mercer, Charley Koontz, Simon Barrett, Ruben Pla, Dave Holmes, Celia Finkelstein
  • Music: Kevin Riepl
  • Cinematography: Mike Testin
  • Editing: Josh Ethier
  • Studio:
    • BoulderLight Pictures 
    • Southern Fried Films
  • Distributed:
    • IFC Films  
    • Bounty Films  
    • Koch Media  
    • MPI Home Video  
    • New Select  
    • Première TV Distribution
  • Rated:
  • Release Date: 22 November 2013 (USA)
  • Running Time: 78 minutes
  • Country: USA
  • Language: English

Contracted is a 2013 horror thriller film directed and written by Eric England.  It was first released on November 23, 2013, in the United States and stars Najarra Townsend as a young woman that finds herself suffering from a mysterious sexually transmitted disease after a rape.  It has been compared to the 2012 film Thanatomorphose, with which it shares similarities.  Twitch Film has criticized the movie for its marketing, in which England describes the character Samantha's rape as a "one night stand".

The film opens with a man, later revealed to be named BJ, having sex with a corpse with a biohazard symbol on the toe tag in a morgue; and handling an empty test tube while washing up afterwards.  Later, at a party, Samantha unsuccessfully attempts to contact her ex-girlfriend Nikki and meets with her friend Alice, who encourages Samantha to drink to forget about her recent break-up.  Riley, who has an unrequited crush on Samantha, and Zain attempt to flirt with her, but Samantha brushes them off and excuses herself.  She eventually gives in to Alice's peer pressure and becomes drunk.  BJ introduces himself to Samantha under an assumed name and hands her a drink that he claims she dropped.  Samantha, too drunk to know whether it's her drink or not, accepts it.  Although she says she's a lesbian who is already involved in a relationship, she agrees to have intercourse with BJ.  From inside his car, Samantha begs BJ to stop and eventually blacks out.

Samantha wakes up in her house.  She shows symptoms beyond that of a severe hangover but irritably tells her mother that she is fine.  At the restaurant where she works, Samantha has trouble eating and performing her job.  Alice reveals that the police are seeking a man named BJ who appeared at the party, and Alice later becomes worried when Samantha is ill in the bathroom; Samantha explains it away as bad cramps and a lingering hangover.  After many attempts, Samantha finally meets with Nikki, but Nikki seems bored and distracted.  When Samantha finds an important letter that Nikki had casually tossed aside, she becomes upset and leaves.  As pressures mount on Samantha, her condition worsens, and her denial gives way to fear.  Although reluctant to seek medical assistance for fear that Nikki will find out that she has contracted a sexually transmitted disease from a male, she eventually visits her doctor, who believes her to have a rash and infection.  While eating lunch with Samantha, Nikki expresses her disdain for flirtatious males and dismisses a man who insists that he has seen Samantha before.

Samantha's symptoms continue to worsen, which alarms her friends and mother, who accuses Samantha of being on drugs again.  However, Samantha keeps the worst of it hidden, and she avoids seeking further medical attention.  When her eyes turn bloodshot and hair falls out in clumps, she decides to return to her doctor, but she is called in to report to work.  Frustrated, she agrees to postpone her doctor's appointment until someone can cover for her.  Although taken aback by her sickly condition, her boss forces Samantha to prepare food. Samantha's rotted fingernails fall off, horrifying customers who find them in their food.  Samantha flees the restaurant and returns to her doctor, who advises her to avoid contact with other people until tests can determine the nature of her disease.  Instead, Samantha visits her mother, who attempts to stage an intervention, and Zain, who gives her heroin and reveals that he sold Rohypnol to BJ at the party.  Concerned for Samantha's health, Alice contacts Nikki, and, when Samantha attempts to turn to Nikki for help, Nikki flatly rejects her and calls her sexually confused.

Enraged, Samantha breaks in and chokes Nikki to death.  She then drives over to Alice's in a rage, eventually murdering her as well.  In desperation, Samantha turns to Riley and invites him to Alice's house.  Although confused, Riley goes along with Samantha's overtures, and they begin to have sex.  Midway through, Riley becomes repulsed by Samantha and discovers that she has hidden the extent of her decomposition.  Highly disturbed, Riley runs to the bathroom and inspects himself.  While there, he discovers Alice's body.  Riley freaks out, and Samantha flees the house.  In her car, Samantha fades out of consciousness, and she is involved in a car crash.  As she steps out of the vehicle, she is revealed to have transformed fully into a zombie.  Her mother, who has arrived at the scene, begs the police not to shoot Samantha.  As the police caution Samantha against moving, she lunges at her mother.  The film fades to black and ends with her mother's screams.

That is one messed up trailer!



1.  Grue (monster), a predator invented by Jack Vance and featured in the Zork series.



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