Horror Movie Review – The Bay
2012 – Spoiler alerts
A genuinely scary entry in the found footage horror genre with a powerful, credible environmental disaster theme, and a few clever make you jump moments.
A relatively unknown cast help to create the documentary realism of this rather plausible eco-warning feature which has more than a hint of Doomwatch to it.
Plot wise, a Maryland seaside town is celebrating the 4th Of July. A young reporter (Kether Donahue) sent to interview the dignitaries and celebrants finds herself having to deal with disaster as anyone who takes a swim, drinks water or eats fish, starts breaking out in disfiguring skin blisters.
The hospital is soon overwhelmed by patients of a viscous flesh eating parasite that has got into the food chain. It is down to the town dumping steroid saturated chicken waste in the Bay, a fact known but concealed by the mayor.
With patients literally eaten inside out, often tongue first, the stories of the few survivors are captured in fragments on bits of cam-corder footage by a team who have uncovered the truth behind a cover up of the events three years after the tragedy.
Not a movie to watch right before eating seafood, but very well delivered and unlike many such features, all too possible. Directed by Barry Levinson, best known for Robin Williams’s classic movie, Good Morning Vietnam.
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