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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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Brilliant! See more (86 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)
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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:
Federico Fellini once commented that he worked on writing a horror film for an acquaintance who gave him a script with numerous depictions of murders, but not one thread of story connecting them. Many believe it was Mario Bava he was referring to, in particular this movie. After a month of having all his ideas rejected, he told the filmmaker to shoot the script and figure out the story later. He stated this might have been the best advice he ever gave another filmmaker.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 The Beasts (1980)See more »

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33 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant!, 9 September 2003
Author: Maciste_Brother from the rock

BAY OF BLOOD (or TWITCH OF THE DEATH NEVER) is a brilliant film. The idea behind it is original and it's still a one-of-a-kind flick, even if the movie itself inspired a gazillion slashers. Regarded as the granddaddy of slashers, BAY OF BLOOD has a unique concept behind it that none of its duplicators have successfully copied: the concept of people being murdered one by one, not by just one killer but by several killers, in very gruesome ways, all in the name of super dry, jet black comedy.

There's something surprisingly stealthy about Mario Bava's approach to the deliberately confusing story. Throughout the labirynth like story-line, we bounce from one character to the next, never having enough time to get to know the people in the movie to care enough for them and when they are killed, their deaths suddenly take a surprisingly modern twist. Unlike most slashers out there, like FRIDAY THE 13TH or even HALLOWEEN and their endless sequels, many critics have said that in order for the horror element in those movies to work, you have to care about the people getting killed. Many critics have dismissed the whole slasher genre just on that basis: the films are not horrifying because the people getting killed either deserve it because they're annoying or the acting was really bad, or just because the writing was terrible and the characters were just token characters and it's not scary to see token, cardboard characters getting killed. Well, in BAY OF BLOOD, the ingeniously scripted story transcends this. The characters in BOB are not really deep or even memorable but their introduction to us, the viewer, is so quick and their deaths are so gruesome and so sudden and unexpected that the fact we know little about them hardly matters. It hardly matters because the killings aren't being made by a single killer with a singular reason but by several killers, whom all have a confusing number of reasons (which can all be traced to greed), with few of the killers knowing that others are also killing other people at the same time and as the film progresses, the killers, in turn, also become victims themselves. This is the brilliant aspect of BOB. People just kill each other left and right in a neverending succession of blood and violence, each people completely indifferent to each other. Watching this made me giggle and wince. The story cannibalises itself repeatedly, every ten minutes or so, snowballing into an all-out blood bath. The effect this creates is like being trapped inside a time-loop, in which the same thing happens over and over AND over again. Combine this with the fact that the story's actions happens mostly within a brief time-line (except for the beginning, everything happens on the same day) BUT that it also goes back and forth in time, with flashbacks and such, and BOB, oddly enough never feels grounded to one specific time. The killings in BOB feel different than anything I've ever seen in a horror film. Each killing is seemingly detached from the story itself and the film takes an all new unique approach, as the deaths come to the fore while the rest fades in the background. It almost feels like we're watching the killings happen "live". There isn't a single lone female survivor, or a surprise ending like most horror films (there is a surprise ending in BAY OF BLOOD but it's not a killer coming back to life).

The acting is good but the cast is mostly anonymous (deliberate?). Except for Claudine Auger, the rest of the cast seemingly all meld together. The location and sets were also good. Only the music was inappropriate at times and the cinematography was sometimes annoying, with Bava's constant use of out-of-focus shots, which I don't like at all. My favorite scene in BOB is the one when Claudine Auger goes to the bathroom. Arf!!!

Though I consider BAY OF BLOOD to be brilliant, the film is dated and there's a certain aloofness to it that even if it serves the story to a certain extent, this aloofness is carried to an unfortunate extreme which makes the film feel not as "passionate" as it could have been or should have been. I guess aloofness is a Bava trademark, which is one of the reasons why I'm not a big Bava fan. Except for HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON, I've haven't been impressed by most of his films. Well, BAY OF BLOOD has impressed me a lot and I have to say that it's probably my favorite Mario Bava film, along with HATCHET. All in all, I think BAY OF BLOOD is a unique, one-of-a-kind gruesome movie. Anyone who didn't like it just didn't get it.

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