6.7/10
6,302
93 user 120 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A shadowy killer in black brutally murders fashion models.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner
Evil Eye (1963)
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A tourist witnesses a murder and finds herself caught up in a series of bloody killings.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Letícia Román, John Saxon, Valentina Cortese
Black Sunday (1960)
Fantasy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant. Only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor stand in her way.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An 18th century European village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Erika Blanc, Fabienne Dali
Certificate: GP Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A bridal design shop owner kills various young brides-to-be in an attempt to unlock a repressed childhood trauma that's causing him to commit murder.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Surreal goings-on at a Spanish villa in this poetic horror fairytale, which was crassly re-edited into The House of Exorcism (1975) for US release.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Telly Savalas, Elke Sommer, Sylva Koscina
Rabid Dogs (1974)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Following a bungled robbery, three violent criminals take a young woman, a middle-aged man, and a child hostage and force them to drive them outside Rome to help them make a clean escape.

Directors: Mario Bava, Lamberto Bava
Stars: Lea Lander, George Eastman, Riccardo Cucciolla
Black Sabbath (1963)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A trio of atmospheric horror tales about: A woman terrorized in her apartment by phone calls from an escaped prisoner from her past; a Russian count in the early 1800s who stumbles upon a ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff
Baron Blood (1972)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A young man, Peter, returns to Austria in search of his heritage. There he visits the castle of an ancestor, a sadistic Baron who was cursed to a violent death by a witch whom the Baron had... See full summary »

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Elke Sommer, Massimo Girotti
Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A small group of people come to an island to relax but soon find themselves trapped on the island with a murderer in their midst.

Director: Mario Bava
Stars: William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edwige Fenech
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town that's rife with superstition and distrust of outsiders.

Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Barbara Bouchet, Tomas Milian
Deep Red (1975)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried.

Director: Dario Argento
Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Renata
...
Albert
Claudio Camaso ...
Simon (as Claudio Volonté)
Anna Maria Rosati ...
Laura (as Anna M. Rosati)
Chris Avram ...
Frank
Leopoldo Trieste ...
Paolo
...
Anna
Brigitte Skay ...
Brunhilde
...
Countess Federica
Paola Montenero ...
Denise (as Paola Rubens)
Guido Boccaccini ...
Duke
Roberto Bonanni ...
Robert
Giovanni Nuvoletti ...
Filippo
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The second movie rated "V" for violence. See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 May 1972 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Bay of Blood  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

When Christopher Lee first saw this movie he was reportedly so disgusted at the level of violence he left the theater in protest. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 ...
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Influential, but relatively average
13 July 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After the Countess Federica (Isa Miranda) is murdered in her mansion by her husband, the beautiful surrounding bay area is up for grabs. The Countess' husband is murdered himself straight after committing the act and the body is hidden, and family members and a real estate agent conspire with their own murderous aspirations to claim their inheritance. The Countess' daughter Renata (Claudine Auger) and her husband Albert (Luigi Pistilli) arrive at the bay and start investigating the goings-on themselves, only to discover the possibility that everyone could somehow be involved in trying to claim the bay for themselves.

As a horror fan, the work of Mario Bava has somehow alluded me through the years. This is the first horror film of his that I've seen, having only seen his comic-book masterpiece Danger: Diabolik, which I consider to be the greatest comic-book film ever made alongside The Dark Knight. Yet knowing he is held is such regard by horror fans, I refuse to form an opinion of him based on this film, as it is as silly and pornographic as the majority of giallo films of the time. The plot and the focus on humanity's greed is directed with such an amateur grasp of subtlety that the film loses all weight. And the segment of the film devoted to the murder of four horny teenagers seems to serve no purpose other than to fill half an hour of film and play with some gore.

Yet if there's one thing I know about Bava, it is that the man knows how to shoot a film. If Argento oozes style, Bava certainly has class. For such a low-budget movie, he makes the most of reportedly using a children's buggie as a steadicam, to build up tension and atmosphere, especially in the opening scene, where the Countess is kicked off her wheelchair and is left hanging mid-fall by a noose. The murders in the film, however, certainly lack class. Special effects artist Carlo Rambaldi (who most famously developed E.T. and Alien - which he won an Oscar for) creates some truly gruesome gore effects that come at the right time when you're just waiting, an eventually looking forward to, the demise of the four visiting youngsters. Special mention must also go to a close up of an octopus sliding across a rotting cadaver's face. The film was influential, perhaps, but relatively average in its own right.

www.the-wrath-of-blog.blogspot.com


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
so where can i get the most uncut totally uncut copy of this nyhcskin
Edited Version ? Ed_Gein
Great movie! Diamond_Dan
The Ending Song lucas_j_ponce
what's with the fisherman and that octopus? albersbrian
Character names in Italian version readmcg
Discuss A Bay of Blood (1971) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?