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A Bay of Blood (1971)

Reazione a catena (original title)
An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing ... See full summary »

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Renata
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Albert
Claudio Camaso ...
Simon (as Claudio Volonté)
Anna Maria Rosati ...
Laura (as Anna M. Rosati)
Chris Avram ...
Frank
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Paolo
Laura Betti ...
Anna
Brigitte Skay ...
Brunhilda
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Federica
Paola Montenero ...
Denise (as Paola Rubens)
Guido Boccaccini ...
Duke
Roberto Bonanni ...
Robert
Giovanni Nuvoletti ...
Filippo
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An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing field, complicated by some teenagers who decide to camp out in a dilapidated building on the estate. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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3 May 1972 (USA)  »

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The film's low budget resulted in Mario Bava being his own cinematographer. He had to utilize a simple child's wagon for the film's many tracking shots. See more »

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The Count is stabbed repeatedly in his back and then he falls on his back and dies. When the killer is dragging him away, there should be a blood trail leading from The Countess to the door. See more »

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Simon: Man should live and let live, and without any interfering.
Paolo: Even that poor squid was free once, Simon, eh? I study Coleopters because I love them.
Simon: Sure, but the squirming little creatures still end up under your microscope. Yeah, he's dead alright but at least I eat my squid. But I don't kill as a hobby like you do.
Paolo: Good Lord, Simon; you make me feel like a murderer.
Simon: I'm not saying that, Mr. Fossati; but if you kill for killing's sake - you become a monster.
Paolo: But, man isn't an insect, my dear ...
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Doesn't hold up well even for an early 70s effort.
4 March 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I must be missing something here because I found it rather dull, it's obviously held in high regard by the horror crowd because it's a benchmark of sorts, and certainly this is where Friday the 13th (1980) got it's idea from, but to me it just came across as an uncohesive mess. The acting obviously isn't of a great standard, but that is what the viewer expects for this particular strand of the genre, but they seem to be confused about how to play out their respective roles. The grizzly deaths are handled efficiently by director Mario Bava and they keep the film from drifting into unwatchable territory, and in fairness the ending does have a nice cheeky slant it, but all in all it's not one to reckie to others with confidence, or for me to ever rewatch again, 5/10


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