A fun film that feels very much like a precursor to the bodycount/slasher films of the 1980s, A Bay Of Blood has a fantastic sense of fun running through it, as well as plenty of bloodshed. Not the best, or most polished, film from director Mario Bava, it remains just as influential as a number of his other features.
Yes, it's the original slasher movie and it sets up a lot of the tropes, but that doesn't necessarily make it a great film. The narrative is pointlessly confusing and silly however there are some fun visuals. It's an interesting film for fans of the slasher genre or horror films in general, but I wouldn't recommend it for anyone else.
Don't choose the dubbed version the sound is vastly inferior to the Italian with English subs. I especially enjoyed how the semi naked blond girl squirmed around like one of Simone's squids, such a sensitive director. Some nice interiors and furnishings also. The ending is very satisfying and really the only way it could be.
Often stated as one of Bava's finest in the horror genre. It is a stylish one with nice ideas and a tense atmosphere. Probably one his most violent too. Slight makes me think of "Silent night, bloody night". Recommended for fans of the giallo and slasher genre.
The first distillation of everything that exploitation slashers would be known for, A Bay of Blood was first, but it's akin to the lesser of the form, eschewing tension and sustained suspense for gory kills. A lack of a focus on character dimension also makes it feel detached and unfocused. It may be one of the few Mario Bava films that's style still prominent today, but oddly, it's one of the master's weaker works.
Pas moins de 13 meurtres sanglants et variés en 75 minutes plutôt réjouissantes qui préfigurent bien avant l'heure le genre slasher. Malgré les récurrents défauts de Mario Bava abusant des zooms et des approximations techniques, cette oeuvre reste exemplaire et bienvenue dans la fluctuante filmographie du cinéaste, avec comme ultime et mémorable référence, l'enfantine et radicale pirouette finale .www.cinefiches.com
The original slasher film with 13 bodies piled up in under 90 mins. Visually pleasing to look at and the make-up effects are very decent. The score is good too and for once the dubbing isn't terrible. From the first murder to the very end the movie delivers one twist after another, its a rollercoaster ride with a bodycount and never tries to be anything else. Recommended viewing for all fans of the slasher genre.
Mario Bava era un regista con un ottima tecnica. Purtroppo era consapevole di questo, e finiva con l'utilizzare la sua bravura per allungare fino all'insopportabilità film che sarebbero potuti durare la metà del tempo. Con tanti dei suoi film il trucco riesce (Lisa e il diavolo, nonostante si regga sul nulla, è incredibilmente d'atmosfera) in questo "Reazione a catena" invece ne risente la suspence.
Bava is an interesting treat: he manages to split my feelings on this whole movie. If I say that's just not a good story... I'll know that's a good giallo anyway. One portraying (within the genre, never forget) what happens when one's humanity is overcome by greed. I can recall a lot of bad acting throughout the piece and also remember beautifully shot landscapes; goofy transitions and inventive ones. So... 2.5/5