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A Bay of Blood ()

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

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Renata
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Albert
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Simon (as Claudio Volonté)
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Laura (as Anna M. Rosati)
Chris Avram ...
Frank
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Paolo
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Anna
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Brunhilde
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Countess Federica
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Denise (as Paola Rubens)
Guido Boccaccini ...
Duke
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Robert
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Filippo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cicely Browne ...
Countess Federica (uncredited) (voice)
Renato Cestiè ...
Renata and Albert's Son (uncredited)
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Renata and Albert's Daughter (uncredited)
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Frank (uncredited) (voice)
Andy Luotto ...
Robert (uncredited) (voice)
Gene Luotto ...
Paolo (uncredited) (voice)
Edward Mannix ...
Albert (uncredited) (voice)
Richard McNamara ...
Attendant / Judge (uncredited) (voice)
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Simon (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Mario Bava

Written by

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Mario Bava ... (screenplay) and
Giuseppe Zaccariello ... (screenplay) (as Joseph McLee) and
Filippo Ottoni ... (screenplay)
 
Dardano Sacchetti ... (story) and
Franco Barberi ... (story)
 
Gene Luotto ... (dialogue: English version)

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Giuseppe Zaccariello ... producer

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Stelvio Cipriani

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Mario Bava ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Carlo Reali

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Sergio Canevari

Art Direction by

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Sergio Canevari

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Enrico Sabbatini

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Adalgisa Favella ... hair stylist
Franco Freda ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Roberto Cicutto ... production supervisor
Fernando Franchi ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lamberto Bava ... assistant director
Roberto Rossellini ... second unit director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Carlo Diotallevi ... sound recordist
Gene Luotto ... post-synchronization
Carlo Tarchi ... sound

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Carlo Rambaldi ... special effects (as Rambaldi)

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Gianlorenzo Battaglia ... assistant camera (as Lorenzo Battaglia)
Emilio Varriano ... camera operator
Franco Vitale ... still photographer

Music Department

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Vincenzo Restuccia ... musician: drums (uncredited)
Mandrake Som ... musician: percussion (uncredited)

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Ettore Catalucci ... laboratory director: S.P.E.S. (as E. Catalucci)
Gene Luotto ... dialogue director
Patrizia Zulini ... continuity
Ferruccio Amendola ... voice dubbing: Leopoldo Trieste (uncredited)
Cesare Barbetti ... voice dubbing: Claudio Camaso (uncredited)
Roberto Chevalier ... voice dubbing: Roberto Bonanni (uncredited)
Pino Colizzi ... voice dubbing: Chris Avram (uncredited)
Maria Pia Di Meo ... voice dubbing: Claudine Auger (uncredited)
Pino Locchi ... voice dubbing: Luigi Pistilli (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The second movie rated "V" for violence. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Chain Reaction (Italy)
  • Ecologia del delitto (Italy)
  • E così imparano a fare i cattivi (Italy)
  • A Bay of Blood (World-wide, English title)
  • Twitch of the Death Nerve (United States)
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  • 84 min
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Trivia Dario Argento loved the film so much, he had a friend (who was a projectionist) steal him a print of the film during its first run in Italy. The theater ended up showing A Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970) to replace the stolen print for the remainder of the film's run there (about a week and a half according to Argento. He possesses the print to this day). 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Don't Scream: It's Only a Movie! (1985). 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 Simon. We have centuries of civilization behind us, you know.
Simon: No, I don't know. I wasn't there.
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