Some of the best and most effective horror films are those which lie outside the realm of supernatural killers and unstoppable maniacs, and are instead frighteningly plausible and just a little too close to home. Barry Levinson’s The Bay is such a film.
Originally approached to make a documentary about the Chesapeake Bay and the fact that it is forty percent dead, Levinson did some research and discovered that the PBS network had already produced a presentation called Poisoned Waters (2009) for their Frontline show. Reasoning that he couldn’t do a better job with a similar documentary, Oscar winner Levinson (Best Director for 1988’s Rain Man) instead began thinking about other ways that he could bring the disturbing facts to the public’s attention and came up with the idea of doing an eco-horror movie.
Thus was born the idea of taking the found footage genre and doing something a bit different with it. »
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