A brutal and harrowing film about a deadly parasite, The Bay chronicles the descent of a small Maryland town into absolute terror. –TIFF
One of the more versatile American filmmakers of his generation, Barry Levinson’s movies showcased subjects as diverse as the immigrant experience, mob intrigue, and political satire. He earned particular acclaim for his semi-autobiographical portraits of life in 1950s Baltimore, a topic that he explored to great effect in Diner, his 1982 directorial debut.
Born in Baltimore on June 2, 1942, Levinson was the son of a warehouse manager. Initially intent on a career in the media, he studied Broadcast Journalism in college but didn’t remain there long enough to earn a degree. He instead switched his interests to acting and standup comedy, and, after serving a stint as a staff writer on The Carol Burnett Show, he was hired by producer Mel Brooks. The first film to carry a screenwriter credit for Levinson (in the company of several other writers) was Silent Movie (1976); this was followed by Brooks’ High Anxiety (1977), which also featured Levinson as a vengeful bellboy in the film’s… read more
A promising start devolves into ridiculous cliché after ridiculous cliché. The premise is barely skirted, and the attention to maintaining the found footage conceit overtakes both horror and entertainment, leaving viewers with a sadistic offing of 6 thousand people without a chuckle, scare, or on-screen adequately-lit death.