The Bay 2011

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The quaint seaside town of Chesapeake Bay thrives on water it is the lifeblood of the community. When two biological researchers from France find a staggering level of toxicity in the water, they attempt to alert the mayor, but he refuses to create a panic in the docile town. As a result, a deadly plague is unleashed, turning the people of Chesapeake Bay into hosts for a mutant breed of parasites that take control of their minds, and eventually their bodies. A brutal and harrowing creature feature for the 21st century, THE BAY chronicles the descent of a small town into absolute terror.

Starring:
Christopher Denham, Michael Beasley
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Christopher Denham, Michael Beasley, Lauren Cohn, Kether Donohue, Stephen Kunken, Kristen Connolly
Director Barry Levinson
Genres Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 18 March 2013
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 24 minutes
Starring Christopher Denham, Michael Beasley, Lauren Cohn, Kether Donohue, Stephen Kunken, Kristen Connolly
Director Barry Levinson
Genres Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Studio MOMENTUM PICTURES
Rental release 18 March 2013
Main languages English

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Corey S. Newcombe on 15 Jan 2014
Format: Blu-ray
2009, the town of Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. Something has infected the water, but it's not known what it is or how it is transmitted.

But when people start turning up dead and others start to do strange things, fear turns to panic and the town is shut down.

The Government confiscate all video footage from every source possible. This footage which is put together by a news reporter who was there......

Another month, another found footage movie, but this time there is a twist, it's an actual prolific director who has made it, and its not as bad as you would think, being that the main selling point on the poster is 'from the makers of Insidious, and Paranormal Activity' which to honest puts me off now.

The film isn't particularly scary or very effective with its message, but its different like last years Chronicle, and doesn't need a poltergeist, Witch, or alien to have a gimmick to enthuse people.

This is a film about people getting sick, and the cost of pollution.

It's a strange way to get a message over, but it does, albeit a little heavy handed.

It's not as good as some critics have stated, but it isn't as bad as you'd think.

Just an average, forgettable movie, with a little bit of gore, and a few good jumps.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sajaad Ahmed Najeeb on 28 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
The Bay is a gem of a horror thriller, i'm shocked at so many average ratings on amazon imdb etc.With taut direction great performances and an intelligent script this movie breathes new life in the found footage scenario.A potent mix of the Andromeda Strain,Jaws,The Craizies and Shivers The Bay is still stunningly original and brilliantly executed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 April 2013
Format: DVD
From a technical point of view, this is one of the better "found footage" films to date. It uses various cameras from various locations and quality. Donna "my pants are too tight" Thompson (Kether Donohue) is reporting, and not too well, on the July 4th activities in the bay town of Claridge, Md. Everything is fun and games until people start to blister and die.

The film is told as a bad documentary by design. It managed to hold my interest for 45 minutes at which point I started to get bored, even with the material they weren't repeating. The film utilizes real facts about Chesapeake Bay and isopods as well as actual footage of the creatures which you think are fake.

The idea was to draw attention to the problem of the bay because no one watched the Frontline documentary on poisoned waters and even fewer people cared (from director's interview). The problem is that the terror created by isopods didn't come across as terrifying as I found my self concentrating on Donohue's tight pants trying to "will" a button to pop.

I enjoyed the realism more in this film than the "Paranormal" series. I also liked the idea of bringing a message to the film. Now if we could take the next step and make it entertaining. This could be done with a witty soundtrack and/or clever dialouge. Maybe having Trey Parker/Matt Stone smoking a joint saying, "Dudes they're isopods, not Crab People."

Parental Guide: F-bombs (spoken and text). No sex or nudity. Tight pants that the button never pops.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Daniels on 22 Mar 2013
Format: Blu-ray
The Bay is one of those horror films that just needs to be seen by every horror fan! Mixing Shivers with 28 Days Later and Jaws, The Bay is a fantastically realistic and powerful movie that's very heavy on it's eco message. This film stands heads and shoulders above other horror films, which comes as no surprise when you realise that the director behind Rain Man and Good Morning Vietnam is responsible for the film. Whilst the found footage genre has become tiring and saturated now, The Bay offers something completely different - giving the genre a much needed fresh boost.

Full of gross-out moments that are bound to get your skin crawling, this is a horror film for those who not only like a film with a message, but also for people who enjoy a fun, gruesome and disturbing roller-coaster ride of a movie!

Highly recommended - go and check it out!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Ryden on 28 Aug 2013
Format: DVD
Occasionally i'll rent or buy a film, despite negative reviews, on the hope it will be better but invariably being disappointed. The Bay is one of those rarities where I was expecting a train wreck but actually turned-out to be pretty decent. I wouldn't go as far as to say 'great' but it's a worthwhile Saturday night flick.

The idea behind the film was solid, and evidently had some thought gone into it. The central premise being Chesapeake Bay's main contributor to the local economy (intensive chicken farming) has wrought serious havoc on the marine eco-system. This in turn has let loose a mega-parasite which has made it's way into the human food chain. This puts a real dampener on their July 4th celebrations - apparently it's hard to enjoy yourself when you're being eaten inside out by wee beasties.

The premise is that media intern, Stephanie, happens to be covering the celebrations, which accounts for her footage as she documents the town's swift descent into chaos and general blood-letting. In tandem with her quasi narration, we also have the found footage of two (since deceased) marine biologists whose research helps to bring the viewer up to speed insomuch how the parasites came to be.

The effects themselves are pretty decent, with a fair bit of CGI thrown in. So where it's short of blood and guts it compensates with a creeping dread, the inexorable fear that nothing will stop the parasite.

Where The Bay didn't work so well was the media student, who I found rather grating at times which made it hard to identify with her as the lead character. Also I found it 'convenient' how the chaos occured too abruptly; I though it would have worked better if tracked over a longer timescale than just 24 hours.

Otherwise, it was a watchable and sobering lesson in how mother nature has a habit of retaliating.
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