The Bay (II) (2012)

R  |   |  Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller  |  21 November 2012 (Belgium)
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Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kimberly Campbell ...
Beckett Clayton-Luce ...
Teenage Girl
Sean Johnson ...
Teenage Boy
Murat Erdan ...
Mike Radio Host (as Murat 'Murf Dawg' Erdan)
Ms. Rosenblatt (as Lamya Reynolds)
Marla Spadafora (as Lucia Forte)


This "found-footage" film is set in 2009 in the town of Claridge, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. During the town's annual 4th of July Crab Festival, townspeople become sick, exhibiting a variety of symptoms, which leads local news reporters to suspect something has infected the water there. No one is sure what it is or how it's transmitted, but as people start to behave strangely, and others turning up dead, fear spawns into panic. The town is shut down as government authorities confiscate video footage from every media or personal source they find, in an effort to cover-up the incident. But one local reporter who witnessed the epidemic, was able to document, assemble, and hide this film in hopes that one day, the horrible truth would be revealed . . . Written by Michael Hallows Eve & Colonial Oak

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Panic feeds on fear.

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Rated R for disturbing violent content, bloody images and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2012 (Belgium)  »

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The Bay  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$19,926 (USA) (2 November 2012)


$30,474 (USA) (9 November 2012)

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Did You Know?


Director Barry Levinson was approached to do a documentary about the Chesapeake bay. He watched another documentey about the Chesapeake bay that talked about the pollution and the lack of fish. He said it was a great documentary but nobody will care about it. And so he said he would take all of the facts about the Chesapeake bay and turn it into a theatrical base piece. See more »


There's an external shot (56:25 into the movie) in total darkness, captioned '8.58pm, July 4th' There's no way it'd be pitch black at that time, on that day of the year in Maryland, where the film is set. The sun only sets at 8.35pm on that day of the year at that latitude. See more »


[last lines]
Officer Paul: Jim it's me... it's
[is cut off by gun-shots]
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Referenced in Into the Unknown: Barry Levinson on 'The Bay' (2013) See more »


Grover's Corner from 'Our Town'
Written by Aaron Copland
Performed by Aaron Copland and The Philharmonic Orchestra
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Normal Bay Activity
10 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

For a movie that claims to be somehow similar to the Paranormal franchise this is pretty decent. While it still has the obvious flaws (convinience of the "found footage", sound enhancement for some of the horror/shock moments), it does convince with its "story". Plus while it may sound very strange and out there, this is actually more believable than haunting houses, because it actually dives into science (if you'll excuse the pun I'm using).

The acting is OK, the script isn't the best, but overall I liked that it underplayed the main theme, rather than being too on the nose. The effects were good too, characters not acting "rational" is something we almost grew accustomed to.

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