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 thrust through their bodies as they make love. All of these murder scenes were imitated in Steve Miner's FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH, PART 2, and the film's style influenced countless American slasher films of the 1970s and '80s. Bava also includes a strangulation by telephone cord, a gory axe decapitation, a man speared to a wall, and five other murders.
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Great release from Arrow. Very cool movie with cool extras.
Arrow has again knocked it clean out of the ball park with this release of Bava's proto-slasher masterpiece. Great packaging, generous extras on the disc, and a great, clean transfer of the English language release version. My only complaint was the fact that the Italian language version supplied on this blu-ray didn't receive the same attention to detail as the dubbed English version. Otherwise, still a great product purchase, and Zavvi once again came in under-time on the delivery. Thanks guys.
As usual, a great blu ray release from Arrow. Plenty of extras and the film looks great. Just be aware this isn't the slipbox version as it appears from the picture, but the standard blu ray release, which it still excellent, but a bit misleading on Zavvi's part. That's why this gets 4 stars and not 5. Extras: Alternate Italian cut of the film Original Mono Audio Audio commentary with Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark Argento! Bava! Fulci! The Giallo Gems of Dardano Sacchetti Joe Dante on Mario Bava Shooting a Spaghetti Splatter Classic: Cameraman Gianlorenzo Battaglia on A Bay of Blood A Bay of Blood Trailers: ‘Carnage’ and ‘Twitch of the Death Nerve’ with commentary by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim) Twitch of the Death Nerve Radio Spots Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Rick Melton Collector’s Booklet by Jay Slater, critic and author of Eaten Alive!
Among Italian horror filmmaker Mario Bava's greatest achievements was this mischievous, a humorous splatter movie in which an ensemble cast of duplicitous characters violently strive to get their greedy mitts on a handsome property. Hugely influential in the evolution of the American slasher movie, this has grisly moments later recycled by better-known films, notably Friday The 13th part 2, which directly lifts at least two death scenes from A Bay Of Blood. It's nimbly paced, with a gruesome demise every ten minutes or so, and revels in the kind of disorientating narrative twists and turns that became standard in the wake of Wes Craven's Scream.