A quiet seaside town in Maryland is subject to a deadly infestation from the sea. Infecting residents, they are turned into human hosts for mutant parasites.
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 (Nurse Rebecca).
The Bay starts off by showing us a few weird things are happening in the neighborhood along with some default character development. From there the film begins to unroll a plot while at the same time stepping more into a documentary style. As things develop the movie actually gets interesting for a good 20 minutes or so before falling back into documentary style again. The mass vomit scene at least kept things amusing for a few minutes.
Acting was somewhat disappointing in this one. Aluka felt uncomfortable in several ways. Denham was mildly more interesting, along with Kunken, Deal and the rest. The cast just felt more like they were filming a documentary than a horror flick.
Camera work was a nightmare. The film was apparently trying to present a first person point of view with security camera and news footage thrown in for fun between captioning on black screens. The result was an ever changing poorly edited bunch of clips at different camera angles, lighting, color, distance, you name it. Literally your eyes will probably hurt after watching this one. Thankfully CGI got better toward the end of the film along with dialogue. Sound and soundtrack were okay.
Overall The Bay is really going to be a hit-or-miss for a lot of folks. Those who enjoy first-person rough films will enjoy this a lot while those who like a smooth, quality production may be disappointed.
With blood and gore, creatures, disturbing and violent content save this for older teens and above.
copyright ©2014 Dave Riedel
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