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A Bay of Blood (1971)

Reazione a catena (original title)
The murder of a wealthy heiress by her husband triggers a series of brutal killings in the surrounding bay area.

Director:

Mario Bava

Writers:

Mario Bava (screenplay), Giuseppe Zaccariello (screenplay) (as Joseph McLee) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudine Auger ... Renata
Luigi Pistilli ... Albert
Claudio Camaso ... Simon (as Claudio Volonté)
Anna Maria Rosati ... Laura (as Anna M. Rosati)
Chris Avram Chris Avram ... Frank
Leopoldo Trieste ... Paolo
Laura Betti ... Anna
Brigitte Skay ... Brunhilde
Isa Miranda ... Countess Federica
Paola Montenero ... Denise (as Paola Rubens)
Guido Boccaccini Guido Boccaccini ... Duke
Roberto Bonanni ... Robert
Giovanni Nuvoletti ... Filippo
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Storyline

An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing field, complicated by some teenagers who decide to camp out in a dilapidated building on the estate. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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the first motion picture to require a face to face warning* may be the last shock film you will ever want to see! -- * Every ticket holder must pass through The Final Warning Station. We must warn you face-to-face! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

3 May 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bay of Blood See more »

Filming Locations:

Fogliano, Latina, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mario Bava deeply regretted filming the scene where a bug is pinned alive. See more »

Goofs

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 Coleoptera because I love them.
Simon: Sure, but the squirming little creatures still end up under your microscope. Yeah, he's dead all right 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 ...
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Pointless except as film history
13 April 2003 | by DavidSee all my reviews

It's interesting to see this movie for only two reasons: 1) the fun of spotting scenes directly ripped off in later movies like Friday the 13th Part 2; 2) the ending, which comes out of left field and manages to be both shocking and funny. However, merely being "the first" slasher movie does not make you the best. Maybe if there was a shred of character development this wouldn't be such a yawner. Oh, and if you are going to see this movie, PLEASE get a subtitled copy...the dubbing is so bad you literally can't hear half the dialogue.


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