This is one of the more stylishly shot Slasher flicks, and although it isnt as good as many of Bava's other films, it is undeniably one of the most influential Italian horror movies on American cinema. The death scenes are extremely brutal and bloody, with decapitations, machetes to the face, stabbings, stranglings, everything. The inhabitants of a small bay get caught up in murder and greed with the prospect of a major development and a lot of money. Bava explores many new camera techniques and makes full use of the natural color palette of the lake, but the film doesnt have the same visual impact as his earlier films. The characters and acting are also a bit more generic, but compared to the average slasher Bay of Blood is definitely a stronger entry. Look for scenes that would later be re-created in American Slashers like Friday the 13th Part II. A fun, gory watch, but I prefer Bava's far superior Slasher entry Blood and Black Lace.