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Bay of Blood
Bay of Blood
Actors: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati, Chris Avram
Director: Mario Bava
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Cult Movies, Sports
R     1999     1hr 20min

This late entry in Italian horror auteur Mario Bava's catalog is in keeping with much of his other work: a rather murky plot, inventive camera work and editing, gauzy lighting using red and blue gels, and an atmospheric, ...  more »


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Actors: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati, Chris Avram
Director: Mario Bava
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Cult Movies, Sports
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Horror, Hockey
Studio: Simitar Ent.
Format: DVD - Color,Letterboxed
DVD Release Date: 10/19/1999
Original Release Date: 05/03/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 05/03/1972
Release Year: 1999
Run Time: 1hr 20min
Screens: Color,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 4
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Could hardly hear a full sentence
Tome Raider | California, United States | 02/16/2005
(1 out of 5 stars)

"I usually interpret criticisms of sound quality as coming from people who are hard-core audiophiles with unreasonably high expectations. In this case, the criticisms are absolutely valid. I can't even really tell you the plot of this movie (at least based on the dialogue), because I could hardly hear a complete sentence. It was an abyssmal experience to say the least, by the end I had a headache from turning the volume up and down so many times.

I agree with the reviewer who felt betrayed by Image for releasing this DVD. They indeed should have eaten the loss and tried again. This is a full-on defective product and I don't think Amazon should even offer it for sale."
DVD Quality Scarier Than The Film
Andrew Pinchen | 01/04/2000
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Terrible picture and audio quality on this DVD mar Bava's pioneering effort. The transfer is just the pits, I'm sorry to say, and takes away from the film's enjoyment. There's rumored to be another release of this coming from the same folks who recently released "Black Sunday", with which they did an excellent job. Wait for that, and pick up "Black Sunday" or "Baron Blood" in the meantime."
Friday By The Bay??
Guido | NY United States | 05/05/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Bay of Blood (AKA Twitch of the Death Nerve), a 1971 film by Italian horror director Mario Bava, is often called the "Grandaddy of all slasher movies". Many reviews have made the reference to Friday the 13th and very similar killing styles. After watching "Bay of Blood" you can definitely see where "Friday the 13th" (made in 1980) got a lot of it's ideas. One scene, where two teens are getting 'hot and heavy' the killer comes in and, with a spear, stabs both of them with the camera showing the spear going through the bottom of the bed. "Friday the 13th part 2" uses the EXACT killing scene in a similar situation.

With that being said "Bay of Blood" does not possess the single element that defined the slasher film, the indestructable, omnipresent killer. Ignore the synopsis, it has next to nothing to do with the college kids. This film is about greedy family members trying to aquire a wealthy piece of property [The Bay] and doing whatever it takes to get it.

The movie succeeds almost entirely thanks to Mario Bavo, who serves as both director and cinematographer, with his typical stylish flare which heavily influenced the great Dario Argento, his eye appealing use of color and interesting editing techniques, which include a lot of blurry dissolves give "Bay of Blood" an almost dream-like, surreallistic feel.

"Bay of Blood" could certainly be credited with starting the slasher film craze. However, I wouldn't go as far as to call it "The grandaddy of them all". All and all worth an evening for the avid Italian horror fan."
Bay of Blood (classic film, atrocious print)
Andrew Pinchen | England | 03/24/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Simitar video's transfer to DVD of this classic slasher film is nothing short of an abomination. The picture quality is inferior to my VHS print. Amazon have the aspect ratio as 2.35:1.It is 1.77:1 at best!"