A Bay of Blood

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A family's murderous battle over some bayfront property is the subject of director Mario Bava's bloody horror-thriller, which many have cited as the grandfather of the modern slasher film. Claudine Auger is the scheming daughter of a murdered Countess; her staged suicide forms the basis of the film's plot. In a seemingly unrelated subplot, four hippies arrive in a dune buggy led by Brigitte Skay, who dances the Shake and swims naked before having her throat hacked open with a machete. Skay's boyfriend has his face chopped with the same machete and the other couple has a spear thrust through their bodies as they make love. (Arrow Films)

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RUSSELL 

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English Mario Bava is undeniably one of the greatest and most influential horror directors of all time. His impact on the genre is immense, and A Bay of Blood is a prime example of his legacy. This film can be considered the grandfather of slashers, predating the slasher boom sparked by Carpenter's Halloween by almost a decade. Its influence is further cemented by the fact that the Friday the 13th series paid homage to it twice; both the first and second installments featured kills staged exactly like those in A Bay of Blood, selecting the two most memorable murders. For its time, A Bay of Blood stands out with its level of violence and gore, unabashedly presented in all its bloody glory. Bava not only directed the film masterfully but also handled the cinematography himself. Expect imaginative camera work and brilliant editing that elevate the film technically. The soundtrack, typical of many Italian horrors, enhances the atmosphere beautifully. The story might be convoluted, but it has a significant advantage – it never bores. It keeps you eagerly anticipating the next twist. The mystery aspect is excellent, keeping you guessing about the murderer and their motives. I dare say the plot is unique and full of surprises, culminating in a truly WTF ending that I didn't see coming. Initially, it might feel disappointing, but upon reflection, it’s a masterful middle finger to the audience. I can vividly imagine Bava's sly grin as he successfully incorporated it. A Bay of Blood is a hidden gem in Bava's filmography and deserves more recognition among his top works. ()

J*A*S*M 

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English Utterly uninteresting for modern standards. Sometimes I wish I could watch these forgotten films at the time they came out, I’d love to see how my opinion would change. ()

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kaylin 

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English The ending of the film A Bay of Blood is truly well done and is sure to paint a look of surprise on your face, and perhaps even a smile, if you're not a staunch puritan and have a bit of a sense of humor. That's what the whole film is about, and in my opinion, it turned out very well. For its time, it is a unique work that wouldn't be out of place in contemporary productions. Additionally, all the effects are practical, not pixelated. ()

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