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:
Kether Donohue, Kristen Connolly
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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

Customer Reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sajaad Ahmed Najeeb on 28 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2014
Format: DVD
As someone who has always struggled to get much from “found footage” movies, I entered Barry Levinson’s The Bay with some trepidation. Levinson’s standing as a director prompted me to take a look. And I’m glad I did.

Chesapeake Bay was home to a toxic led catastrophe that created horrors unbound – but the government covered it up…

Levinson brings considerable class to the camcorder horror phase by having his film unfold in multi stranded documentary style. Using many of the electrical appliances that people use in everyday life, Levinson and co-writer Michael Wallach piece together a horrifying tale of parasite infestation and society meltdown, all in one day! The editing (Aaron Yanes) ensures the number of stories that are running concurrent never disrupt momentum of pic, the parasite scares and illness scenes are superbly constructed, while dashes of humour sit alongside the very plausible and reality warnings of such an occurrence. 8/10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By William Mason TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
This is a reasonable "found footage" flick, which comes across as a hybrid of Spielberg's Jaws and David Cronenberg's Shivers, and perhaps with a slight nod to 28 Days Later.
Claridge is a holiday destination along the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. It relies heavily for income on holidaymakers visiting during annual vacations like Independence Day. A key contributor to the local economy is an intensive battery-farm chicken factory, which has been dumping tons of chicken poo and waste products into the local bay. This inevitably has a dramatically adverse impact on the nearby marine eco-system, and ultimately helps to give birth to a lethal parasite, which starts to infect the local sea-life.
Sure as night follows day, the locals eat the fish, and the parasites find their way into the human population.
The parasite is an isopod, which looks like a mouse-sized wood lice, but they do get significantly bigger...
The parasite eats away at flesh, tongues are consumed, eyes get damaged, and bodies get covered with boils and lesions which look like leprosy.
People start to go missing in the weeks before Independence Day, including a couple of government oceanographers, and some local teens. On Independence Day, the parasites swarm into Claridge, and dozens if not hundreds of infected people flood into the local hospitals.
As the awful events unfold, video footage of the eco-catastrophe is taken by a media student, Donna Thompson. She then distributes the story, which the government has tried to cover up, all over the internet. The film basically observes the footage which Donna has filmed.
The CGI for the monsters is used sparingly and it isn't too bad.
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14 of 16 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Ryden on 28 Aug. 2013
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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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