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The Bay (2012)



Critic Consensus: Barry Levinson's eco-horror flick cleverly utilizes familiar found-footage methods in service of a gruesome yet atmospheric chiller.

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Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told - until now. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak. Told from the perspective of those who were there and saw what happened, The Bay unfolds over 24 hours though people's iPhones, Androids, 911 calls, web cams, and whatever else could be used to document the nightmare in Claridge. -- (C) Official Site

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Frank Deal
as Mayor Stockman
Stephen Kunken
as Dr. Abrams
Nansi Aluka
as Jaquline
Dave Hager
as Fisher Jerry
Tara Polhemus
as Teenage Girl
Sean Johnson
as Teenage Boy
Murat "Murf Dawg" Erdan
as Mike Radio Host
Lamya Reynolds
as Ms. Rosenblatt
Lucia Forte
as Marla Spadafora
Stacy Rabon
as Middle Age Woman
Charles Weaver
as Water Rescue Worker
Keyla S. Childs
as Ms. Crustacean
Rick Benjamin
as News Anchor Bernie
Christi Lowe
as News Anchor Marsha
Robert C. Treveiler
as Dr. Williams
Brandon Hanson
as Cameraman Jim
Michael Beasley
as Officer Jimson
Heidi Lawson
as Nurse Jessica
Kenny Alfonso
as Dr. Michaels
Jody Thompson
as Officer Paul
Andrew Stahl
as Sheriff Lee Roberts
Zoe Clark
as Little Girl at Party
Wyatt Hays
as Little Boy at Party
John David Bland
as Man Attacking Dr. Abrams
James Patrick Freetly
as Bob - Fishing
Alissa Al Harris
as Mom at Fair
Tim Parati
as Fair Man
Sue Plassman
as Woman with Boils
Chris Walters
as Harvey Crab Winner
Nan Stephenson
as Harvey's Wife
Kenya Phifer
as Woman Calling 911
Tim Ross
as Reporter - Brian
Jane McNeill
as Victim One
Ken Moran
as Chicken Feeder
Anthony Reynolds
as Homeland Security Officer
Divakar Shukla
as Dr. Sacerdoti
Zach Hanner
as EPA Staffer
Troy Rudeseal
as Man with Belly
Jennifer Burch
as Teen with Infested Arm
Sarah Jordan Levin
as Jennifer's Friend
Rachel Eddy
as Girl Texting
Jason Sosnoff
as Marine Biologist
Toni Sosnoff
as Stephanie's Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Bay

All Critics (85) | Top Critics (34)

Gruesome but oddly riveting.

March 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Seeking to merge the conventions of found-footage horror with targeted social commentary, the film does its job with some skill ...

March 1, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I am within a catfish's whisker of giving this film five stars; best to stop me before I elevate it to the ranks of Vertigo and Citizen Kane.

February 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Effective but hollow, The Bay is a minor work from a director lost at sea.

February 28, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

More coherent and thought-provoking than most 'found-footage' horror movies, this should appeal to genre fans and eco-activists alike.

February 26, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Levinson's understanding of character elevates what could have been an absolute disaster but can't save the film from its genre failures and lack of tension.

November 9, 2012 | Rating: 3.0/5.0 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Bay


The Bay is a message hidden within a film, similar to 2008's the Happening, The Bay tells of the consequences of destroying our environment. In this film, dumping into the Chesapeake Bay has caused a harmless fish parasite to evolve into a human killer. What makes this film unique is the way in which it was shot. The film is shot as a documentary that was posted on a fictional Wikileaks type site, and tells the story of the outbreak in a small Maryland town, on July 4th. The cinematography is made up of everything you'd see at a small town festival, camcorders, cell phone cameras, news footage, police dash-cams, and security cameras. Through a collection of footage from the day, we are told the story of the outbreak by one of the only survivors, who had to let the world know of this tragedy that was covered up by the U.S. government. The different angles and the fact that their really weren't any main characters also make this film unique. The story really isn't much, as it just like a million other horror films. Everything is normal, until people start getting sick, and chaos ensues. It's not the story or even the actors that keep you interested in this film, it's the different pieces put together in documentary form by the narrator, Kether Donohue. Without the narration, it's just a collection of web clips, but there is some interest in finding out what happened to each of the people we see and in seeing them figure out what's going on at the same time that we do. It's not a great story and there aren't any stand out performances, but the film itself is done in such a unique way, that it will be like nothing you've ever seen before. Yes, The Bay is another way of telling us about the dangers of not caring for our environment, in a story that is severely lacking imagination, but it's worth seeing, simply from a stylistic point of view.

Todd Smith
Todd Smith

Super Reviewer

two stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

Great idea for a horror film, but it lacks originality and real scares. The Bay is yet another documentary style horror film that we've seen many times before. The film is mediocre and lacks anything really engaging. The problem with this genre is that it's over done. Filmmakers tend to recycle the same formula and in turn the material on-screen suffers significantly in terms of telling something that is supposed to be truly suspenseful and terrifying. The found footage genre is overdone and pointless. The last good film in this horror genre was V/H/S, and in my opinion, they should have ended that genre with that film. The problem with The Bay is that it is a predictable film and you know how it will turn out. There simply isn't anything worthwhile here to make it a truly good horror yarn. I really wanted to enjoy, unfortunately, this was yet another unsatisfying found footage film that is clichéd and scare free. This film was produced by the same guys who created the Paranormal Activity films, and though the first three films in that series were genuinely scary, the formula that the filmmakers keep using becomes tiresome and all too predictable. There's only so much you can do with this formula before it becomes boring. The formula worked well with Paranormal Activity and other films. However with The Bay, it just doesn't deliver and it is a bland affair with no genuine scares and in turn it becomes a tiresome, dull horror film that just doesn't terrify. I really expected a great film with this one; unfortunately it is a mediocre horror film that will disappoint you if you're looking for something fresh to watch. The Bay contains scenes that we've seen many times before and it ventures into old territory that simply isn't interesting due to a lacking script that relies on a clichéd idea that cheats the audience. Stick with the older found footage film as they're far better than this.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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