The Bay
The Bay (2012)

Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009 a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Horror
Release Date: March 5, 2013
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Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
77%
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User Score
43%



Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Barry Levinson's eco-horror flick cleverly utilizes familiar found-footage methods in service of a gruesome yet atmospheric chiller.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

More coherent and thought-provoking than most 'found-footage' horror movies, this should appeal to genre fans and eco-activists alike.

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Sean O'Connell
Washington Post

A ripped-from-the-headlines psychological chiller that burrows under the skin with its terrifyingly local twist.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

It's a low-budget film, but often has effective death sequences with moderately good special effects. If only we could move away from the shaky-cam storytelling, I would be so much happier.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Although there are some scary moments here, and a lot of gruesome ones, this isn't a horror film so much as a faux eco-documentary.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Like a "Blair Witch Project" for thinking adults, one that's scary in two distinct ways.

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Alistair Harkness
Scotsman

Even though multiple-sourced footage remains a potentially interesting way to shoot a movie, using this particular framing device really has become redundant.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

[Levinson] demonstrates he can make a shakycam found-footage horror movie every bit as fake-looking, clumsy and unscary as your average college student working on a $200 budget.

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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

The story becomes more ridiculous as it escalates, the film's over-determined ecological focus undermining any real horror movie tension.

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Philip French
Observer [UK]

The tension is well enough sustained, the horrors build steadily, the eco message is familiar.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
MisterYoda ?
two stars
Todd Smith
The Bay is a message hidden within a film, similar to 2008's the Happening, The Bay tells of the consequences of destroying our environment. In this film,… More
Alex roy
Great idea for a horror film, but it lacks originality and real scares. The Bay is yet another documentary style horror film that we've seen many times… More
Alec Barniskis
Levison uses some pretty cheap tricks throughout that bothered me, however he still manages to find a sense of urgency and relevancy in the "found… More
The Movie Waffler
When so-called "respectable" film-makers make an attempt at the horror genre, it rarely yields positive results. Levinson is the latest to show a… More
Adam M.
Found footage type horror that attempts to explain the random hordes of dead fishes and wildlife that have been turning up over the past few years. As this is… More