III: Final Contagium. A body horror film that cuts deep on the root of evil

John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, James Gunn, Stuart Gordon is what we think of with body horror. Still, you can add these directors to the list: Kai E. Bogatzki, Domiziano Cristopharo, Lucio A. Rojas, Lorenzo Zanoni with their film III: Final Contagium starring Ximena Del Solar, Chiara Pavori, Felipe Rios, Max Evans, Arianna Bonardi, Franceso Gianotti, Giorgio Agri, Rayloren Mata and Tommaso Arnaldi

The plot is about a scientist who releases a deadly virus that is spread through money.  It moves faster along with showing how we, as a society, can be around money, which proves the adage. “Money is the root of all evil.”

The film tells three stories all center around money. Now when it comes to body horror, most people would assume the usual stuff. The movie is excellent at giving the audience a story and fx that will make you uneasy. Let’s dive into the film and talk about it

The film starts with a suitcase that’s read Chilean army; this segment (Day 0) directed by Lucio A Rojas written by Lucio A Rojas and Kimena Del Solar. We then cut away to a party where two girls decide to get a guy drugged and rob him. Upon going back to his house in the middle of nowhere, the girls proceed to strip for him. The host gets excited and rapes one of the girls and gets ambushed by one of the other friends. We kind of cheer them on; however, this was their intention from the start: To rob a guy. So we still feel the need not to like them. The girls escape opening the briefcase with this toxic fume hitting them; they could care less because they just found the jackpot to end their worries. Or they start. The girls get infected, showing the results quickly. I have to admit the story was quick and straightforward, which was good because it’s not drawn out, and the fx looked terrific for such a small portion of the story. Overall it sets up the story and paves the way on what to expect.

The story continues in different parts of the world already in chaos (Gully, day#86), directed by Lorenzo Zanoni  written by Luca Nicolai. The host from the first segment is a scientist using bio weapons has the virus spread through money. The second story focuses on the sloth of a guy who just wants to be lazy with his girlfriend and not care about life. He saves an”infected” person that’s transferred to the hospital, but before going into the ambulance, the guy steals the infected money. He feels conflicted and decides to just forget about it. He informs his girlfriend he did a good deed by saving a live but still feels guilty for taking the money. This story was great. A bit drawn out, but it did help the story because, as the story progressed, so did the virus. Now, this is what I love about the story; the fx once again excellent and very creepy. We see close-ups we see prosthetic work; we see scenes not of him killing but killing those he loves with his laziness and non caring behavior. He destroys his relationship with his girlfriend and ends up in this prison of his apartment. Mutating, growing sores, body parts falling off. Think of The Fly transformation, but he’s doing nothing to fix it. The film continues like this until the very end where we see his GF come back, and she accepts it just as he took his fate.

The third film, “The Body” (day #104), directed by Domiziano Cristopharo, written by Pasquale Scalpellino, tells a story about a transgender woman who is looking for the price of beauty. Still, like all the stories in this movie, it comes with a price. She’s injected with a serum that gives her the ultimate body, but it slowly becomes infected, not by STDs but the virus. We see her touch the money that caused the whole issue. This film is very well done. Domiziano took a topical story that does affect a lot from the trans community. People are going to get simple surgeries at a low cost but only to suffer in the long end. The film was done with respect and also dignity. We feel bad for the woman who’s suffering, however, though with the virus spreading, she’s growing desperate for options such as self-mutilation and murder. Yes, we see the female victim naked throughout the movie in a physical sense, but more in a literal sense when she simply says, “I want to look beautiful” at that moment, we the viewer simply feel for her and understand her pain.

The final film “The Cabin” (day #913) written and directed by Kai E. Bogatzki The film tells a story of a father and son who are in the woods as he watches his son slowly die from the virus. The father decides to cut the wounds off with a hatchet to stop the spread; however, this makes it worse since it’s spreading. This movie may have the stereotypical feel of horror in the woods, but it doesn’t go far. No comedy, dialogue that’s not drawn out, no flashbacks. Just straight to the point, and the gore is impressive. The film ends on a down end, but honestly, with something like this, it’s bound to happen.

Overall I enjoyed this film. The directors went out to do a horror movie about an infection virus where they don’t rely on typical Hollywood film with over the top monsters, CGI that’s not needed. They used to sound old school fx, props, fake blood, snappy dialogue, an A-list soundtrack. It’s just a good movie with an exciting story line. Think of a zombie film where it ends, and you think where we do go now. Instead, it’s just people who may not be perfect want happiness, and they go to great lengths to achieve it or people who just love too much and have to sacrifice what they consider to be priceless in the end they get more than they bargained.  For more information on when to buy the movie or other films vist TETROVIDEO

Posted by Jai Alexis

Associate Producer for the films Teacher Shortage, Violet. writer of the short film "The First" when he's not working he's eating Mexican food and watching The Golden Girls

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