The Bay

2012

The Bay

Critics Consensus

Barry Levinson's eco-horror flick cleverly utilizes familiar found-footage methods in service of a gruesome yet atmospheric chiller.

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User Ratings: 10,163
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Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told - until now. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak. Told from the perspective of those who were there and saw what happened, The Bay unfolds over 24 hours though people's iPhones, Androids, 911 calls, web cams, and whatever else could be used to document the nightmare in Claridge. -- (C) Official Site

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Cast

Frank Deal
as Mayor Stockman
Stephen Kunken
as Dr. Abrams
Nansi Aluka
as Jaquline
Dave Hager
as Fisher Jerry
Tara Polhemus
as Teenage Girl
Sean Johnson
as Teenage Boy
Murat "Murf Dawg" Erdan
as Mike Radio Host
Lamya Reynolds
as Ms. Rosenblatt
Lucia Forte
as Marla Spadafora
Stacy Rabon
as Middle Age Woman
Charles Weaver
as Water Rescue Worker
Keyla S. Childs
as Ms. Crustacean
Rick Benjamin
as News Anchor Bernie
Christi Lowe
as News Anchor Marsha
Robert C. Treveiler
as Dr. Williams
Brandon Hanson
as Cameraman Jim
Michael Beasley
as Officer Jimson
Heidi Lawson
as Nurse Jessica
Kenny Alfonso
as Dr. Michaels
Jody Thompson
as Officer Paul
Andrew Stahl
as Sheriff Lee Roberts
Zoe Clark
as Little Girl at Party
Wyatt Hays
as Little Boy at Party
John David Bland
as Man Attacking Dr. Abrams
James Patrick Freetly
as Bob - Fishing
Alissa Al Harris
as Mom at Fair
Tim Parati
as Fair Man
Sue Plassman
as Woman with Boils
Chris Walters
as Harvey Crab Winner
Nan Stephenson
as Harvey's Wife
Kenya Phifer
as Woman Calling 911
Tim Ross
as Reporter - Brian
Jane McNeill
as Victim One
Ken Moran
as Chicken Feeder
Anthony Reynolds
as Homeland Security Officer
Divakar Shukla
as Dr. Sacerdoti
Zach Hanner
as EPA Staffer
Troy Rudeseal
as Man with Belly
Jennifer Burch
as Teen with Infested Arm
Sarah Jordan Levin
as Jennifer's Friend
Rachel Eddy
as Girl Texting
Jason Sosnoff
as Marine Biologist
Toni Sosnoff
as Stephanie's Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Bay

All Critics (79) | Top Critics (27)

  • Seeking to merge the conventions of found-footage horror with targeted social commentary, the film does its job with some skill ...

    Mar 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Effective but hollow, The Bay is a minor work from a director lost at sea.

    Feb 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • More coherent and thought-provoking than most 'found-footage' horror movies, this should appeal to genre fans and eco-activists alike.

    Feb 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Although there are some scary moments here, and a lot of gruesome ones, this isn't a horror film so much as a faux eco-documentary.

    Nov 8, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • [Levinson] demonstrates he can make a shakycam found-footage horror movie every bit as fake-looking, clumsy and unscary as your average college student working on a $200 budget.

    Nov 2, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A ripped-from-the-headlines psychological chiller that burrows under the skin with its terrifyingly local twist.

    Nov 2, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bay

  • Jan 13, 2016
    The Bay; a clever crafting of a horror film and a genre-bending example of "eco-horror", found footage and body horror. What starts as a simple yet extravagant fourth of July celebration in a small fishing community spirals shockingly fast into a series of recorded events that is hard to look away from once they begin to unfold on screen. In a word, The Bay is terrifying. I find the idea of biological panic and these kinds of "our government has abandoned us" content really unsettling anyway - to me it is the worst idea of an apocalypse - and the film manages to involve us so deeply and addresses its audience as individuals from start to finish. It's a collection of different accounts told through video diary, Skype, news reporting and video conference and each story is different and more disturbing than the last. It's alot more clever than it realises itself to be really, as it includes so many different styles of horror that the film is almost like an anthology of different short films, similar to that of 2012's V/H/S. Definitely recommend this film. Clever, disturbing and stays under the skin for days.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2013
    Pretty cool. I like outbreak movies, so this was right up my alley. Part horror, part documentary, this movie is not for the faint of heart. But if you're even remotely interested, check it out.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2013
    Great idea for a horror film, but it lacks originality and real scares. The Bay is yet another documentary style horror film that we've seen many times before. The film is mediocre and lacks anything really engaging. The problem with this genre is that it's over done. Filmmakers tend to recycle the same formula and in turn the material on-screen suffers significantly in terms of telling something that is supposed to be truly suspenseful and terrifying. The found footage genre is overdone and pointless. The last good film in this horror genre was V/H/S, and in my opinion, they should have ended that genre with that film. The problem with The Bay is that it is a predictable film and you know how it will turn out. There simply isn't anything worthwhile here to make it a truly good horror yarn. I really wanted to enjoy, unfortunately, this was yet another unsatisfying found footage film that is clichéd and scare free. This film was produced by the same guys who created the Paranormal Activity films, and though the first three films in that series were genuinely scary, the formula that the filmmakers keep using becomes tiresome and all too predictable. There's only so much you can do with this formula before it becomes boring. The formula worked well with Paranormal Activity and other films. However with The Bay, it just doesn't deliver and it is a bland affair with no genuine scares and in turn it becomes a tiresome, dull horror film that just doesn't terrify. I really expected a great film with this one; unfortunately it is a mediocre horror film that will disappoint you if you're looking for something fresh to watch. The Bay contains scenes that we've seen many times before and it ventures into old territory that simply isn't interesting due to a lacking script that relies on a clichéd idea that cheats the audience. Stick with the older found footage film as they're far better than this.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Mar 04, 2013
    Found footage type horror that attempts to explain the random hordes of dead fishes and wildlife that have been turning up over the past few years. As this is something that has been actually happening it immediately grabs your attention and does a pretty good attempt at keeping it as the inhabitants of a small seaside town start getting infected around July 4th which makes any forthcoming celebrations pretty unlikely. The majority of the footage relies on that of an inexperienced reporter who initially thinks shes at the scene of a murder due to people turning up all bloody and stuff. Again, this adds a bit of realism. But while watching The Bay you can't help shake off the "not another fucking found footage movie" feeling plus theres the odd burst of incident music which clearly takes away any realism and moves the film into normal film territory. The Bay definitely has its moments and is worth a look but ultimately is a bit of a mixed bag.
    Adam M Super Reviewer

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