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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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1 win See more »
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One of Bava's Best See more (90 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:
Cicely Browne ... Federica (voice: English version) (uncredited)
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)
Richard McNamara ... Attendant / Judge (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Larry Ward ... Simon (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
Ferruccio Amendola .... voice dubbing: Leopoldo Trieste (uncredited)
Cesare Barbetti .... voice dubbing: Claudio Camaso (uncredited)
Roberto Chevalier .... voice dubbing: Roberto Bonanni (uncredited)
Pino Colizzi .... voice dubbing: Chris Avram (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo .... voice dubbing: Claudine Auger (uncredited)
Pino Locchi .... voice dubbing: Luigi Pistilli (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)
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:R18+ | 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) | West Germany:Not Rated

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Trivia:
Dario Argento loved the film so much, he had a friend (who was a projectionist) steal him a print of the film during its first run in Italy. The theater ended up showing Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970) to replace the stolen print for the remainder of the film's run there (about a week and a half according to Argento. He possesses the print to this day).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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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
One of Bava's Best, 17 February 2000
Author: cblwrth from Charlotte, NC

This is one of horror master Mario Bava's best works. More than any of his other films, this one comes closest to a non-narrative "Ballet of Violence" with little regard for logic or plot line. What plot there is hovers around the struggle for control of a prime piece of seaside real estate, by the eccentric residents and a couple of outsider business people. A short but effective sub plot involves a group of kids who come to party down in a deserted house on the property. Little do they realize. . .! This is definitely the film that inspired "Friday the 13th" and no doubt many others of its kind.

This may be the most violent film ever made, if not the highest body count; no less than a dozen murders by various and often unusual means: Hanging, stabbing, decapitation, impalement (some two at a time!), choking, gunshot; quite a display of random, wholesale slaughter. While this may sound like a garden-variety slasher film; this is a prime example of the horror almost at its best, primarily due to Bava's excellent visual style. His camera is often prowling through the scene, in first-person and third, sometimes shifting from one to the other in the same shot; a technique pioneered by Orson Welles. In this particular film there is a slight overuse of the zoom, where he probably wanted to use a more effective dolly shot. This is probably because he had to work fast, however many of his zooms are absolutely beautiful, particularly the shots that move from the water on the lake to the house and trees in the distance. He also uses rack-focus to create a emotion within the same shot, as when the old woman looks out the window. We see her face in focus, then the camera racks to the rain drops on the window. This combined with the music creates a very deep mood of melancholia.

There are many great scenes in the film that display Bava's rich visual style and his ability to create suspense and shock. An lonely old woman sitting in her house and the brutal murder that follows, The girl swimming in the lake, the body in the boat, the prowler outside the house where the kids are screwing around, and of course, the out-of-left-field finale, one of the greatest endings in all of film.

I also admire Bava's control of pacing, emotion and mood; shifting from tenderness to horror, kindness to hate, trust to deception, often in the blink of an eye. He also makes it interesting with a bizarre assortment of characters; the milquetoast entemologist and his koo koo wife, a mysterious fisherman, with whom there's more than meets the eye, and those delightful children that any mother would love!

This genre has often been one of extremes; very bad films and some very good ones, and those are the ones from the hands of stylists like Mornau, Polanski, Freda, Romero, Argento, Franco (in some instances), and of course, Mario Bava and his son, Lamberto, and a handful of others much less prolific. "Bay of Blood" is a good example of the genre in the hands of a master. This is one of my favorite Bava films, although I must concede that I don't think it's his best. As always, he makes the most of his limited resources, but this film doesn't quite match the ideology or scope of say, "Black Sunday," "Kill, Baby, Kill," or "Beyond the Door Pt.2." "Bay of Blood" almost, but not quite reaches the same crescendo of delirium. However, if it did, then it would be one of the greatest horror films of all time.

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