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The Bay (2012)

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Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Michael Wallach (screenplay by), Barry Levinson (story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nansi Aluka ... Jaquline
Christopher Denham ... Sam
Stephen Kunken ... Dr. Abrams
Frank Deal ... Mayor Stockman
Kether Donohue ... Donna
Kristen Connolly ... Stephanie
Will Rogers ... Alex
Kimberly Campbell Kimberly Campbell ... Nurse Rebecca
Beckett Clayton-Luce Beckett Clayton-Luce ... Charles
Dave Hager ... Fisher Jerry
Tara Polhemus Tara Polhemus ... Teenage Girl
Sean Johnson Sean Johnson ... Teenage Boy
Murat Erdan Murat Erdan ... Mike Radio Host (as Murat 'Murf Dawg' Erdan)
Lamya Jezek ... Ms. Rosenblatt (as Lamya Reynolds)
Lucia Scarano ... Marla Spadafora (as Lucia Forte)
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Storyline

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 ahmetkozan

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Panic feeds on fear.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, bloody images and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 2012 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bay See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, South Carolina, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,926, 4 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,474, 11 November 2012
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The parasitic crustacean depicted in the film is Cymothoa exigua (Schiødte & Meinert, 1884), as known as tongue-eating louse. The female parasites fishes by attaching itself to their tongue where extracts the fish blood causing the tongue to atrophy. The parasite then replaces the fish's tongue and feeds on the host's blood or mucus. That explains why many townspeople are found with their tongues extracted. See more »

Goofs

The cars on the bridge have South Carolina plates and South Carolina palm and crescent stickers. The movie's story took place in Maryland. Some of the film was shot in South Carolina. See more »

Quotes

Activist: There's forty-five million pounds of chicken shit dumped into the bay each year.
Activist: I mean look at that, that's entirely made of chicken shit.
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Referenced in Reel (2015) See more »

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Spoonful
Written by Willie Dixon
Performed by Howlin' Wolf
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Makes You Think Twice About Drinking water
6 November 2012 | by louissaphireSee 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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