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After a one night stand with a random stranger, a young woman contracts what she thinks is an STD… but is in fact something far worse. (c) IFC Midnight
During the opening scene which takes place at a party, we meet Samantha (Najarra Townsend) – a pretty, innocent-looking girl who clearly doesn’t want to be there. We quickly discover that she’s in a decaying relationship with her lesbian girlfriend Nikki (Katie Stegeman) and is terrified that it’s about to end. In order to soften the pain, she gets wasted and has an unprotected one-night stand with a random, but seemingly normal guy.
For the next several days, we see Samantha slowly transform into something that can be described as zombie-like, but far from your typical zombie. This metamorphosis is slow, ominous, and one of the reasons why this film is a lot better than it sounds.
Even as Samantha notices increasing mutations on her face and body, she remains focused on attempting to resurrect her dying relationship with Nikki. Even when her entrance into a prestigious college is jeopardized, her obsession with Nikki never ceases.
During most of the film, there appeared to be nothing but impending tragedy for Samantha, but that could also be interpreted as a forthcoming happy ending. Anyone who’s ever been a victim of unreciprocated love will most likely hope for the latter. The actual ending is somewhat abrupt, but the timing felt just right.