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A Bay of Blood (1971)

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

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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 Donati
Luigi Pistilli ... Alberto / Albert
Claudio Camaso ... Simone / Simon (as Claudio Volonté)
Anna Maria Rosati ... Laura (as Anna M. Rosati)
Chris Avram Chris Avram ... Franco Ventura / Frank Ventura
Leopoldo Trieste ... Paolo Fosatti / Paul Fosatti
Laura Betti ... Anna Fosatti
Brigitte Skay ... Brunhilde
Isa Miranda ... Countess Federica Donati
Paola Montenero ... Thérèse / Denise (as Paola Rubens)
Guido Boccaccini Guido Boccaccini ... Luca / Duke
Roberto Bonanni ... Roberto / Bobby
Giovanni Nuvoletti ... Count Filippo Donati
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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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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian | English

Release Date:

3 May 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last House on the Left, Part II See more »

Filming Locations:

Fogliano, Latina, Lazio, Italy See more »

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Runtime:

| (cut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Anna Fosatti: The clouds are swirling. There will be tears shed over the bay.
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The Region 1 DVD by Image Entertainment under the title 'Twitch of the Death Nerve' is uncut. See more »

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Seminal Work From Bava Regardless of Title
28 April 2011 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out massacre.

From legendary director Mario Bava (who doubles as cinematographer) and legendary horror screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti comes a film that essentially everyone (including Sacchetti himself) accepts as the original slasher film (now fondly referred to as the grandfather of the modern slasher film), and being a precursor to "Friday the 13th".

Some people have given "Black Christmas" credit for being the start of it all, and it does have more of the modern look, but "Bay" has so many stylistic flourishes and plot similarities that it has to be given credit. I also believe "Blood and Lace" is under-appreciated in this regard, though I suppose "Bay of Blood" is the more influential.

Aside from the obvious concept of kids going into the woods and dying, we have some of the classic slasher themes: camera from the killer's point of view behind a tree, the double impalement of a couple making love. Bava was way ahead of the curve with this film, despite claims from Luca Palmerini that it is "predictable" or Jim Harper's calling it "blackly humorous". (Harper also points out the "flimsy story", but seems to be a fan of the film overall and recognizes its importance.)

As usual, the biggest critic is Howard Maxford (who never ceases to amaze me how he got a gig as a horror critic when he seems to hate them all). He tries to be complimentary by saying the film has "occasional pretensions to style", but has the overall opinion that Bava's work is "hard to sit through". Sure, it was not the most exciting film in the world, but if Maxford cannot relax for less than 90 minutes, he should not be a film reviewer.

I think the opening with the old woman in the wheelchair being hung had plenty of style and called to mind the later works of Argento (by which I mean the middle of his career, the late 1970s). Argento was allegedly such a fan of this film that he stole a copy from a theater. That would not surprise me.

While the film as a whole has bland moments and your basic murder shots, this scene seals it for me as making the film more worthy of respect... Bava's influence on others is obvious (the entire Italian horror subgenre more or less owes its existence to his films), but I think the finer points are often overlooked. Do not overlook this film.


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