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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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Marla Spadafora (as Lucia Forte)
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$19,926, 4 November 2012, Limited Release

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$30,474, 11 November 2012
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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 »

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When the medical issues first appear, a doctor tells the patient to state her name for the camera. Lamya Reynolds says her actual maiden name (Lamya Jezek) even though her character is listed as Ms. Rosenblatt. See more »

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Sheriff Lee Roberts: Put that gun down deputy...
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Referenced in Into the Unknown: Barry Levinson on 'The Bay' (2013) See more »

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Red Cadillac and A Black Moustache
Written by Lillian May & Willie Bea Thompson
Performed by Warren Smith
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Makes You Think Twice About Drinking water
6 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

This isn't your average, run of the mill low budget "found footage" or "suppressed footage" horror film. The budget is large and the acting is spot on for what is needed to tell the tale. Think of this more as a ecological disaster/thriller than a straight horror film. Reminds me of the nature run amok sub genre films of the late seventies and early eighties. Without any preaching about how we are destroying the environment. As the story unfolds, the tension mounts as does the fear and dread. The horror is amplified by the constant reminder that everything presented here could actually happen or has happened. In fact mid-way through I kept wondering if there was an actual tragedy that this film was loosely based upon. All told the film is well paced, competently shot with solid acting and makes full use of the "found footage" style. Highly recommended for both horror fans and the occasional horror film watcher.


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