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Director:
Writers:
Mario Bava (screenplay)
Franco Barberi (story)
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Release Date:
3 May 1972 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The second movie rated "V" for violence. See more »
Plot:
An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
13 murders--little else See more (89 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Claudine Auger ... Renata

Luigi Pistilli ... 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

Isa Miranda ... Federica
Paola Montenero ... Denise (as Paola Rubens)
Guido Boccaccini ... Duke
Roberto Bonanni ... Robert
Giovanni Nuvoletti ... Filippo
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renato Cestiè ... Son (uncredited)
Nicoletta Elmi ... Daughter (uncredited)
Frank Latimore ... Frank (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Andy Luotto ... Robert (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Gene Luotto ... Paolo (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Edward Mannix ... Albert (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Mario Bava 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Franco Barberi  story
Mario Bava  screenplay
Gene Luotto  dialogue: English version
Filippo Ottoni  screenplay
Dardano Sacchetti  story
Giuseppe Zaccariello  (screenplay) (as Joseph McLee)

Produced by
Giuseppe Zaccariello .... producer
 
Original Music by
Stelvio Cipriani 
 
Cinematography by
Mario Bava 
 
Film Editing by
Carlo Reali 
 
Production Design by
Sergio Canevari 
 
Art Direction by
Sergio Canevari 
 
Costume Design by
Enrico Sabbatini 
 
Makeup Department
Adalgisa Favella .... hair stylist
Franco Freda .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Roberto Cicutto .... production supervisor
Fernando Franchi .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lamberto Bava .... assistant director
Roberto Rossellini .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Carlo Diotallevi .... sound recordist
Gene Luotto .... post-synchronization
Carlo Tarchi .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Carlo Rambaldi .... special effects (as Rambaldi)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gianlorenzo Battaglia .... assistant camera (as Lorenzo Battaglia)
Emilio Varriano .... camera operator
Franco Vitale .... still photographer
 
Music Department
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer
 
Other crew
Gene Luotto .... dialogue director (English version)
Patrizia Zulini .... continuity
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Claudio Camaso (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Reazione a catena" - Italy (original title)
"Twitch of the Death Nerve" - USA (new title), USA (alternative title)
"Bay of Blood" - USA (alternative title)
"Ecology of a Crime" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
"The Antecedent" - USA (informal title)
"The Last House on the Left, Part II" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
84 min | 76 min (cut)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R | Canada:R (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | France:16 | Germany:(Banned) | Italy:VM18 | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (DVD rating) (2009) (uncut) | Spain:18 | UK:R (original rating: 1972) | UK:18 (uncut version) (re-rating) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1994) (cut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-1994) | USA:R | West Germany:(Banned)

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Trivia:
The film not only had numerous release titles, but also several working titles throughout the production. Among them "The Stench of Flesh", "Thus Do We Live To Be Evil" and "That Will Teach Them To Be Bad". "Reazione a catena" ("Chain Reaction") was the final choice.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 Simon. We have centuries of civilization behind us, you know.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)See more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old BBFC 18 Version and the Uncensored Version?
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8 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
13 murders--little else, 30 January 2001
Author: preppy-3 from United States

DVD/Video title: Bay of Blood. This was a tough call, but I only gave this a 5. I love horror movies and I love explicit gore but... The film is well-directed by Mario Bava and has a beautiful score. Also the murders are suspenseful and (occasionally) very gory. But there's a boring plot and LOTS of padding (a girl goes skinny-dipping for no reason; lots of shots of people walking down paths, through houses, through rooms, etc etc etc.) which adds nothing to the film. Basically it just bides the time between murders. Also the dubbing is atrocious and the acting ranges from OK to unbelievably bad. I need a plot or some good acting to go with the gore--this doesn't have either. Also Bava once referred to this film as "a piece of s***". What does that tell you? Still, it's historically important as the first slasher/body count film. But what a let-down!

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It's a lake not a bay right? anthonynorris-783-181359
Ending?? *Spoilers*...I guess. madmudder_04
Is this worth buying for Claudine Auger? Bhoooop_Daahuut
Great movie! Diamond_Dan
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