Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Bay of Blood (1971)

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.

Rating: 8/10.
Gore: 9/10.



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9 comments:

  1. Nice review Carl. I like this film and "Blood and Black Lace" as well.

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  2. Always happy to find more Blood and Black Lace fans! Metal do you remember if John Saxon is in B+BL along with Cameron Mitchell? I had him sign it at the convention but he said he wasnt in it and hes not listed on IMDB, but I swore up and down he was?

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  3. Blood and Black Lace is great, as is Bay of Blood. But I can't help but wonder if the lack of visual pizazz is down to the not great DVD quality available? Most copes seem a bit murky at best. I know Bava didn't have a lot of money making this one, but still...

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  4. Thats a great possibility, that and the setting may have provided certain limitations that werent present in the other films since they were out at an obscure bay? The film still looks pretty good, but again how do you create a scale for Argento or Bava films lol.. So hard to not rate them all 10s, so overall this one is an above average entry for me but just not Black Sunday or Sabbath.

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  5. Yes, that is very true about the use of sets, as the lighting etc, are easier to control there. Still, I must pick this one up on DVD at some stage!

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  6. I prefer its alternate title: "TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE"... so much more lurid and satisfying. :)

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  7. I love the international title too, and the cover art looks friggin awesome. THe new Anchor Bay release was kinda bland.

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  8. I wasn't as blown away by this movie as I was hoping to be, but it's still very good and has one of the best opening scenes ever!

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  9. I think that best sums up my rating on this one Aaron, this was the first Bava film I felt was overhyped even though it is still awesome. Going into Black Sunday and Black Sabbath, I had heard the names over the years but never heard much about them. After watching them, I was just completely blown away! Outside of the awesome and early gore, Twitch of the Death Nerve was pretty standard.

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