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The Bay (2012)

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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 ...
Tara Polhemus ...
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.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 November 2012 (Belgium)  »

Also Known As:

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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The parasitic crustacean depicted in the film is Cymothoa exigua (Schiødte & Meinert, 1884), as known as tongue-eating louse. The female parasites fishes by attaching itself to their tongue where extracts the fish blood causing the thong to atrophy. The parasite then replaces the fish's tongue and feeds on the host's blood or mucus. That explains why many townspeople are found with their tongues extracted. See more »


Around the beginning, the mayor drinks a cup of water. However, he never ends up becoming infected. See more »


[last lines]
Officer Paul: Jim it's me... it's
[is cut off by gun-shots]
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Referenced in The Rheinsberg Tapes See more »


Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by Howlin' Wolf
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Surprisingly a lot more enjoyable than expected
11 May 2015 | by (Los Angeles, Ca) – See all my reviews

Retelling her story to the authorities, a reporter who initially survived a deadly encounter narrates the footage of an attack on a small town by a mutant parasite and what actually happened during the incident.

Overall this was quite a nice surprise that really offers some enjoyable moments here. One of the better elements within this is the rather impressive manner in which the found-footage aspect of the storyline works here, taking it along a more documentarian style rather than the straight-forward one-shooter aspect so prominent in the genre to tell a far more wide-reaching story than would otherwise be possible. Allowing the different sources and their origins here, from skype and video-chat to security camera feeds, home video and much more here, this one not only feels more like a genuine, authentic movie by being able to notice different vantage points and styles quite easily which does help to take out the isolated and impersonal approach taken with the usual found- footage tactics. That also allows for some rather intense and brutal sequences here, as the initial attacks along the film provide this with the a more realistic and thrilling form of outbreak here with the rash of bodily disfigurements and general trauma as well as the more severe outings like the vomiting and bloodletting from the different orifices give this a truly ringing naturalistic feel that comes off incredibly well while providing this with tons of outstanding gore and thrilling attacks. The constant nature of the rampage across town makes for some more fun as well, and there's a lot to like about the final half that manages to up the intensity of the encounters significantly, adds the right amount of scientific explanations for the creatures and how to handle them and manages to feature some really thrilling moments that are quite suspenseful and chilling while keeping the action quite exciting. There here are more than enough to hold off the few small flaws here, which does start with the storyline here. The main issue with this one is the fact that there's no real basis here for how exactly the creatures end up appearing in the area as the fact that this one expends so much time on the biological aspects of their origins that there's just no reality to how they would end up there. The series of circumstances and flawed rationale in order to make that a reality is quite absurd and really seems to be about telling the ecological principles more than the actual horror of the creatures attacking, which is really troubling to get into and doesn't make much sense. Likewise, the found-footage aspect of this is a little hard to get into with this one tending to revert back to a lot of the problems associated with the format, and as a whole these drag this down enough to keep it from where it could've been.

Rated R: Graphic Violence and Graphic Language.

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