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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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Taglines:

diabolical! fiendish! Savage... YOU MAY NOT WALK AWAY FROM THIS ONE! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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 personally suggested the title "Twitch of the Death Nerve" for the American release after hearing it was being marketed as a sequel. The film was released under both titles. 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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13 murders--little else
30 January 2001 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

DVD/Video title: Bay of Blood. This was a tough call, but I only gave this a 5. I love horror movies and I love explicit gore but... The film is well-directed by Mario Bava and has a beautiful score. Also the murders are suspenseful and (occasionally) very gory. But there's a boring plot and LOTS of padding (a girl goes skinny-dipping for no reason; lots of shots of people walking down paths, through houses, through rooms, etc etc etc.) which adds nothing to the film. Basically it just bides the time between murders. Also the dubbing is atrocious and the acting ranges from OK to unbelievably bad. I need a plot or some good acting to go with the gore--this doesn't have either. Also Bava once referred to this film as "a piece of s***". What does that tell you? Still, it's historically important as the first slasher/body count film. But what a let-down!


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