Reazione a catena (A Bay of Blood) (Twitch of the Death Nerve)
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Reazione a catena (A Bay of Blood) (Twitch of the Death Nerve)
A family's murderous battle over some bayfront property is the subject of director Mario Bava's bloody horror-thriller, which many have cited as the grandfather of the modern slasher film. Claudine Auger is the scheming daughter of a murdered Countess; her staged suicide forms the basis of the film's plot. In a seemingly unrelated subplot, four hippies arrive in a dune buggy led by Brigitte Skay, who dances the Shake and swims naked before having her throat hacked open with a machete. Skay's boyfriend has his face chopped with the same machete and the other couple has a spear… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A typically useless effort from Mario Bava..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Bava ... uses the scenario the way a virtuoso musician uses a simple chord progression as an accompaniment for an inspired solo ..."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"If only one-hundredth of the films it influenced had one-hundredth of its perfection, the horror film would be a much less disreputable and more wonderful thing than has been the case."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Contains some of Bava's finest, and most naturalistic work as well as some innovative gore effects."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Bava displays how ahead of the curve he was in tackling the slasher genre."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"You'll see things that countless horror films have stolen, but unlike a lot of classic films that have been ripped off for years, this one holds up."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies