From the Oscar-winning director of Rain Man comes… a found footage ecological horror movie about mutant aquatic parasites? Who saw that one coming? If you didn’t see it on VOD or during its limited theatrical run last month, you’ll get another chance to swim in Barry Levinson’s The Bay this coming spring.
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. From Oscar®-winning director Barry Levinson and the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes this nerve-shredding tale of a small town plunged into absolute terror. 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.
The Bay is less a found footage movie than a fake news documentary comprised of multiple footage sources about a small seaside community that is nearly wiped out by a mutant strain of aquatic life brought about by environmental pollution. While Uncle Creepy and I both very much dug the flick, that more clinical approach to a horror movie about humans becoming infected by mutant isopods that eat people from the inside out with a heavy emphasis on the root causes of the problem might make The Bay a little too dry for some viewers.
Cabin in the Woods’ Kristen Connolly, Argo’s Christopher Denham and Kether Donohue star in this movie billed as “From the Producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious”, a phrase I saw on so many posters and movie trailers I’d swear 25% of all theatrically-released horror movies this past year were produced by them.
Lionsgate is set to release The Bay on DVD (and VOD, again) on March 13th. The disc will include an audio commentary track by director Barry Levinson as well as a featurette entitled “Into the Unknown: Barry Levinson on The Bay.”
Oddly, there appear to be no announced plans for a Blu-ray release. Not that it would make that big a difference considering the manner in which the film is shot.
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