The Bay

The Bay

Barry Levinson (2012)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Harking back to 1970s eco-horrors like Doomwatch, Piranha and Prophecy, in which mutated beasties wreak havoc thanks to humanity's cavalier treatment of nature, Rain Man director Barry Levinson takes an unprecedented plunge into the "found-footage" genre with this cautionary "Jaws meets Paranormal Activity" tale. Using news broadcasts, phone cameras, Skype, CCTV, webcam and narration from a local reporter (Kether Donohue), the film unveils the implosion of Fourth of July celebrations in the small coastal town of Claridge, Maryland after parasitic crustacean isopods terrorise the population. Panic gradually takes hold as the carnivorous creatures attack in the water and even more frighteningly, from within their hosts. For Levinson, this is not just fantastical genre tosh. Born in Maryland, he has observed the effects of pollution first-hand (film location Chesapeake Bay actually has a marine "dead zone") and this superbly observed terror tale is an impassioned expression of his own concerns (in the movie, intense farming and local government are implicated in the catastrophe). The combination of fact (isopods do exist) and fiction makes the movie a breathlessly scary experience, especially with Levinson's powerful delivery of unexpected jolts and grisly scenes.


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Cast & Crew

Alex Will Rogers (2)
Stephanie Kristen Connolly
Donna Thompson Kether Donohue
Mayor John Stockman Frank Deal
Dr Jack Abrams Stephen Kunken
Sam Christopher Denham
Jaquline Nansi Aluka
Nurse Rebecca Kimberly Campbell
Charles Beckett Clayton-Luce
Jerry Fisher Dave Hager
Director Barry Levinson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment One / MomentumGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Mar 2013