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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 never been told - until now. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak. Told from the perspective of those who were there and saw what happened, The Bay… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"More coherent and thought-provoking than most 'found-footage' horror movies, this should appeal to genre fans and eco-activists alike."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"A ripped-from-the-headlines psychological chiller that burrows under the skin with its terrifyingly local twist."
‑ Sean O'Connell, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Paul Chambers, Movie Chambers
"Gruesome but oddly riveting."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"It's cleverly put together, the threat nicely revealed via various footage and is never over exaggerated to such an extent that it loses touch with reality."
‑ Henry Northmore, The List
"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."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Like a "Blair Witch Project" for thinking adults, one that's scary in two distinct ways."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Even though multiple-sourced footage remains a potentially interesting way to shoot a movie, using this particular framing device really has become redundant."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Seeking to merge the conventions of found-footage horror with targeted social commentary, the film does its job with some skill ..."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Effective but hollow, The Bay is a minor work from a director lost at sea."
‑ Chris Blohm, Little White Lies
"[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."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"The story becomes more ridiculous as it escalates, the film's over-determined ecological focus undermining any real horror movie tension."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"The tension is well enough sustained, the horrors build steadily, the eco message is familiar."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"I am within a catfish's whisker of giving this film five stars; best to stop me before I elevate it to the ranks of Vertigo and Citizen Kane."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"A largely ineffective and ponderous movie that harnesses many of the worst elements of both the horror genre and the found footage trope."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
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