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A Bay of Blood (1971)
"Reazione a catena" (original title)

 -  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  -  3 May 1972 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Renata
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Anna Maria Rosati ...
Laura (as Anna M. Rosati)
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Frank
Leopoldo Trieste ...
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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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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.
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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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Influential and sophisticated slasher...
8 February 2010 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

Mario Bava's ultra-violent black comedy is mainly a satire on human greed - with one person killing another to gain the inheritance of a recently deceased woman. Opening with a double murder, the film has proved to be highly influential, with many contemporary slasher movies (among them various segments of the "Friday The 13th" series) replicating some of it's key death sequences. While Carlo Rambaldi's superbly well-done gore effects retain their shock value (and they assured that the film went onto the infamous "video nasties" list), it's Bava's gorgeous cinematography that steals the show and proves once again that the great Italian director did not just make horror movies - he made genuine art.


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