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½ September 20, 2015
"Bay of Blood" is not a distinct slasher movie because its gore effects are more bombastic than its bloodthirsty peers, because it has as high a number of killers as victims, because the final twist is more unexpected than Jason's mom coming out of the bushes and scaring the bejeezus out of Adrienne King. Anyone can be creative with their bloodbaths and their bad guys and their jolts. "Bay of Blood", by contrast, is such a distinctive horror movie because of Mario Bava, Mario Bava, and MARIO BAVA. He's a cinematographer. A director. A writer. A provocateur. A visual stylist. We couldn't care less when regarding whether who lives and who dies. "Bay of Blood" is Bava's show, its scrappiness unprecedented by any slasher flick in its category.
Consider its obstacles. Bava's past films (including "Black Sunday", "Blood and Black Lace", and "Kill, Baby, Kill") were opulent horror movies sumptuous in their visual stylings, death-defying in their dread - box-office success was unavoidable. But by the 1970s, Bava's relentless artistic prowess had staled in favor of new mavens like Dario Argento. Decently high budgets withered away, and so did audiences. But Bava's spirit never died, and despite setbacks from the lack of money pumping into each scene, "Bay of Blood" feels alive, opposite of the dead-on-arrival monotony of later splatter-fests of the "Friday the 13th" mindset. His enthusiasm shines through the shoestring chintz.
It follows the blitz that won't seem to leave the bay of Countessa Federica Donati (Isa Miranda) alone, following her intricate murder. (Consider that her husband stages her death to look like a suicide, only to get knifed just a few seconds later by an unknown assailant.) With her demise leaving the sizable property ownerless, it sets the stage for a madcap race for its takeover, that race being soaked in blood, guts, and flesh. Participants (and/or victims) in the nasty competition are kept under the impression that their plan to claim ownership is foolproof; but with so many people keen to fill the shoes of the Countessa, self-confidence seems trivial.
Never mind the fact that the property isn't even that nice and it's a shock that so many people want it, that there's no way that that many murderers would want the same prize, that the teenagers that break into the bay's beachfront home early in the film die simply because stakes have to be raised for paranoia to seep. "Bay of Blood" is an exciting horror movie because it is helmed by a master of the genre, working his usual magic in ways updated to the time period.
In the 1960s, he populated his films with unsettlingly shadowy Technicolor and eerily gothic emotions, mostly working with the supernatural but settling down for precursing "Halloween" every once in a while just for the thrill of it. As Bava aged, though, his carousel of colors toned down to fit the cynicism of the era, camera techniques relying less on pigmentation and more on long-tracking shots, quick cuts, and inventive zooms. The gritty, considerate photographic style increases the suspense to near behemoth levels; all the gore wouldn't mean much if not for Bava's optical splendor, his cinematographic patience.
It's not hard to admit that "Bay of Blood" would be a subpar slasher movie if not for Bava's directorial fervor - the story is rote, the acting even worse - but nothing is more electrifying than a filmmaker making something out of nothing, with originality, no less. If it had the same Technicolor heftiness of his '60s films, "Bay of Blood" would perhaps be a masterpiece. But for now, taking his earlier, more subtle works into consideration, it'll have to do.
½ July 13, 2015
Gee, they're really good at playing dead, aren't they?

A younger man married to a rich elderly wife thinks he has the perfect strategy to become rich. He plans to kill the woman and obtain her money. When news spreads of her death, friends and family come to the estate looking to narrow down the numbers on who will receive the inheritance. There are also some campers near the house. A string of unique murders occur.

"What if it fails?"
"It won't fail."

Mario Bava, director of Black Sunday, Evil Eye, Roy Colt and Winchester Jack, Lisa and the Devil, Black Sabbath, and Blood and Black Lace, delivers Bay of Blood. The storyline for this picture is actually entertaining and fun to watch unfold and the kill scenes were well done. The cast delivers solid performances and includes Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, and Isa Miranda.

"You want to get me in your dirty, filthy games."

I came across the Mario Bava collection on Netflix and add them to my queue. I will say this was one of my favorites of his...for sure. This isn't perfect, but it is a wonderful slasher film. It reminded me of the first Sleepaway Camp for some reason. Overall, I feel this is a must see for campy horror movie fans.

"I really never thought you had it in you."

Grade: B-
½ April 20, 2015
The genius of Bava in 'Bay Of Blood': narrative continuity gives way to maximizing the psychological qualities of setting, namely light and location. In one scene it's early afternoon, the next nighttime and the scene after that dusk. While the director meticulously subverts the natural order of daylight, both murderers and their victims wander a network of forest trails, abandoned buildings and private homes left unattended. Pay close enough attention and it appears as if the geographical relationships/logic of these various settings actually changes over the course of the movie. The bay is a gnarled maze, one that's ultimately indecipherable because, yet again, Bava cares little for continuity. And without continuity, viewers are denied the opportunity to create a mental map of the bay; they are denied physical orientation. Without any kind of tether to the natural world, the only constants left are death and terror.
November 26, 2014
Favorite slasher flick of the 70's thumbs up.
April 10, 2012
4 out of 5 (italian cut)
½ November 9, 2014
Mario Bava has had an influence on the Horror genre since he directed some of the best and cult classics horror films throughout the 60's and 70's. The man has a style but this film is unfortunately not his most memorable work. The scenario is very shallow, the actor's direction ridiculous and the gore scenes pile up without any real sense, just graphically awesome and purely mechanical. If you are a fan of Giallo films and I think I am one of them, you will probably agree that such a film has had a certain influence on classics such as Friday the 13th but it doesn't make it a great film. Quite disappointing in my opinion, this film nevertheless remain an interesting and curious object that deserves a viewing.
November 5, 2014
Favorite slasher flick of the 70's thumbs up.
October 28, 2014
Favorite slasher flick of the 70's thumbs up.
October 23, 2014
Favorite slasher movie of the 70's thumbs up.
February 12, 2013
Mario Bava directs which is considered to be the grandfather of slasher flicks. Before the American slasher craze, this Italian horror introduced the slasher to the serial killer genre. Racking up 13 on-screen deaths, A Bay of Blood is the original slasher and features some gory death scenes. An aristocratic women has been murdered, now between nosy neighbours, relatives & real estate agents, they all want the land surrounding the bay. A sharply witted and directed movie featuring nice old fashioned practical effects, this is one slasher that's extremely enjoyable, that gives birth to some of the clichés slasher fans love.
½ September 22, 2014
Vackert fotograferad, snårig och mycket originell slasher, som faktiskt har rykte av att vara den allra första i sin genre. Filmen har imiterats in absurdum, men är ändå unik på ett sätt (som jag inte tänker avslöja här). Whodunnit-inslaget får tittaren (läs: mig) att få gråa hår av grubbleri. Är den otäck för en nutida publik, då? Nope.
April 29, 2014
Favorite movie of the 70's of all time
½ December 24, 2013
This classic kickstarted the whole slasher genre. Oft imitated never bettered
TheDudeLebowski65
Super Reviewer
½ February 9, 2014
Horror Icon Mario Bava crafts a stunning horror feature with A Bay of Blood. Italian directors have long been masters of horror, and Bava who helped pioneer the Giallo, Slasher genres, delivers one of the genre's finest films with this picture. A Bay of Blood is a gory thrill ride that will definitely appeal to gore hounds. The film's plot is simple, yet has enough intrigue to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The film's atmosphere is dark and brooding, and Bava effectively uses that to his own advantage in order to create a horrifying experience that will stay with you. The ideas here are simple, yet the film works very well due to the fact that the kill sequences are inventive, shocking and memorable. If you love the genre, definitely give A Bay of Blood a shot, this is among the finest of all Slasher films produced, and it is an iconic picture that has a profound impact on many other films that would follow. The film is a terrific display of special effects, and it still holds up to this day. The plot, acting and everything else are good, but the way the killer dispatches his victims is really key of the whole movie. The real star of the film of these sequences that are very well done, and are obviously what makes this film so good. Mario Bava brings a great sense of style to what mainstream viewers would call mindless murder and mayhem. A Bay of Blood is a masterwork of the genre, a milestone in Slasher films and Giallo alike. The cast are good, but in regards to the big picture, the kills are the best aspect of the film and with that being said will surely thrill diehard genre fans.
January 17, 2014
Another classic from Mario Bava that proves he was way ahead of his time. "A Bay of Blood" influenced a countless number of horror films, including Friday the 13th. But this film is done in a much classier fashion by focusing strongly on emotions to set the tone, yet it still manages to bring us shocking, gory violence. These combined elements of horror made for, essentially, a reinvention of the slasher genre. The only complaint I have about the film is the storytelling. Some scenes go by at a very slow pace, and the story itself is simply confusing. The viewer really isn't given any proper information until the last few scenes, so most of the killing throughout the film has almost no purpose to the viewer. Nonetheless, "A Bay of Blood" is a highly influential slasher film that you can't take your eyes off of.
½ December 24, 2013
A good Italian slasher film from Mario Bava. Greed gets the best of everyone in Bay Of Blood.
March 31, 2012
Mario Bava's legendary Twitch of the Death Nerve started the slasher genre in 1971, and is probably the goriest and most popular movie he ever made outside of Black Sabbath. It basically tales the tale of person after person bumping each other off in order to claim an inheritance. The film is notorious for having many different titles, probably more than any other film in history: A Bay of Blood, Carnage, Chain Reaction, The Ecology of Crime, Blood Bath, Last House on the Left Part II, Last House - Part II, Bloodbath Bay of Death... well, you get the idea. This film influenced many slasher films later and was flat out ripped off in Friday the 13th Part 2. While the editing and lack of a concrete story make it a little silly at times, the film's death sequences are still effective, thanks in no small part to special effects maestro Carlo Rambaldi, who many people know as the creator of E.T. Check it out. It's just a fun slasher movie.
½ October 26, 2013
One of the few slasher films that predates Halloween and for what it was storywise, it was pretty interesting and surprisingly dark. As for the performances, it was very corny. You can kinda see what films are influenced by it like the Friday the 13th films.
October 14, 2013
Another horror classic from the great Mario Bava, and one that shows how ahead of his time this man was when it came to the genre. One of the first real "body count" flicks, Bava gives this one plenty of style and atmosphere on top of some truly graphic (especially for its time) death scenes. It's easy to see why Friday the 13th and so many others ripped this flick off. If the film has one major shortcoming, it's the script, which is a bit of a mess. In fact it may take a second watch just to figure out what the hell is going on, especially after the bonkers ending. Weak story aside, A Bay of Blood is a hugely enjoyable and influential piece of horror cinema that's definitely worth a look.
½ August 13, 2013
The film suffers from having a screenplay that has very little characterization. Due to this, the characters are only defined by one attribute and some of them are merely props. For example, the hippies are in the film to be killed and the children are only introduced to supply the shocking ending. The children are not given enough characterization for the ending to make sense. The only good traits of the movie are its thrilling cinematography and exciting score.

5.4/10.0
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