The Bay (2012)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R (for disturbing violent content, bloody images and language)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Barry Levinson, Michael Wallach
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2013
Box Office: $30.5k
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as Dr. Abrams

as Jaquline

as Fisher Jerry

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as Teenage Boy

as Mike Radio Host

as Ms. Rosenblatt

as Marla Spadafora

as Middle Age Woman

as Water Rescue Worker

as Ms. Crustacean

as Activist

as News Anchor Bernie

as News Anchor Marsha

as Dr. Williams

as Cameraman Jim

as Officer Jimson

as Nurse Jessica

as Dr. Michaels

as Officer Paul

as Sheriff Lee Roberts

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as Harvey's Wife

as Woman Calling 911

as Reporter - Brian

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as Dr. Sacerdoti

as EPA Staffer

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as Jennifer's Friend

as Girl Texting

as Marine Biologist

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Critic Reviews for The Bay

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (23)

More coherent and thought-provoking than most 'found-footage' horror movies, this should appeal to genre fans and eco-activists alike.

Full Review… | February 26, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A '50s premise, a '70s theme, and a new-fangled presentation. Fun stuff. Also it gets really gross and disturbing, which is meant as a compliment.

Full Review… | August 24, 2015

It's a low-budget film, but often has effective death sequences with moderately good special effects. If only we could move away from the shaky-cam storytelling, I would be so much happier.

Full Review… | March 19, 2013
Movie Chambers

Even though multiple-sourced footage remains a potentially interesting way to shoot a movie, using this particular framing device really has become redundant.

Full Review… | March 3, 2013

The tension is well enough sustained, the horrors build steadily, the eco message is familiar.

Full Review… | March 3, 2013
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for The Bay

two stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

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 roy

Super Reviewer


When so-called "respectable" film-makers make an attempt at the horror genre, it rarely yields positive results. Levinson is the latest to show a complete lack of what makes horror work with this found-footage flick with an environmental message.
The residents of a small coastal town are struck down by minute sea creatures who have infected the water supply. We've seen a lot of boring found-footage movies but this really takes the biscuit, mainly consisting of characters speaking to camera about the horror of what's occurring. Back to dramas Mister Levinson, this clearly isn't your domain.
The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer

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