Two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely.
An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.
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
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 »
The cars on the bridge have South Carolina plates and South Carolina palm and crescent stickers. The movie's story took place in Maryland. Some of the film was shot in South Carolina. See more »
There's forty-five million pounds of chicken shit dumped into the bay each year.
I mean look at that, that's entirely made of chicken shit.
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In this found-footage, eco-horror flick, a Chesapeake Bay town settled in Maryland is celebrating the 4th of July, like any small-town America. But, something there's something fishy in the water, and it isn't just with the fish.
From the get-go, you can tell that the film is going to use found- footage to it's advantage, and as a found-footage hound, they use it for a sense of actual reality, examples: a news crew doing interviews, a family recording the festivities, police-car dashboard cams, and a doctor in the town recording the medical happenings.
Most horror movies do it to trick you, namely VHS and The Blair Witch Project (to name a few of which I enjoyed thoroughly), but personally, (Spoiler:) if a house comes to life and begins to lock its inhabitants inside, you have dropped all sense of reality. The Bay tells a story similar to The Happening, you environment finally says "screw it, were done with your sh*t humans, now it's our turn." When ever this happens, it's like playing an automated chess game with a computer, when your turn is done, it's done; and then the computer will basically take the moves you thought were smart, and show you why they actually weren't smart.
One problem with the film is that when the narrator introduces a new character she's goes on a schpeel like "This is (_X_), he/she runs this store. He/She went for a dip later that afternoon and died shortly after." So then there's no sense of danger, it's just speculation on how that character's going to die and when.
None the less, The Bay is something you can't miss out on, it's probably the best horror film since The Blair Witch, I give a 10/10.
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