Notable Cast: Kether Donohue, Kristen Connolly
To start off, there wasn't a whole lot that attracted me to the entire idea of "The Bay." Another found footage horror flick, this time centered around an outbreak in Chesapeake Bay, that's directed by the man who gave us "Good Morning, Vietnam" and "Sphere." Yawn. Been there, done that. Then some of my horror colleagues started to say how good it was and how effective it used the style. This intrigued me. Perked my curiosity. Unraveled the preconceptions I had about it based on basic knowledge. What "The Bay" delivered was a pretty intense and utterly frightening film experience. One that defies all of the things that could have gone wrong by focusing on the reality of the horrors that lie all around us and overcomes its faults as it catapults to rise above the 'found footage' style into something a bit more effective. In essence, it blew me out of the water.
Times seem to be going well for a small seaside town off of Chesapeake Bay. Their economy is up, the town mayor has everyone in good spirits, and despite those two pesky environmentalists that were found half eaten by unknown causes, the town is still going to celebrate Fourth Of July in fashion. A young reporter (Donohue) remembers these events like yesterday. How people started developing a rash. How it spread so quickly. How people began to feel the things inside of them...
|Keep reporting or get the fuck out? KEEP REPORTING!
|"It will be all right. It's just an epidemic."
Although "The Bay" is not a perfect film, as I mentioned some of the subplots like one concerning a family with a child on their way to the town for a visit seem fairly unfinished, the film is a massive success. It's frightening in all the right places, slathering the entire film in a realism rarely seen in horror, and I was completely engrossed in the 'mystery' of the film even if it's essentially laid out in front of you by 30 minutes in. It might not be for everyone, but "The Bay" is a must see horror in my book.
Written By Matt Reifschneider