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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bay of Blood a.k.a Carnage (1971)

Let the bodies hit the floor!  Mario Bava's Bay of Blood stays true to its title.  The first murder out of the gate is both shocking an unexpected as an elderly heiress is creatively killed by her husband who wants control of her money.  What follows is a muder-palooza as friends and relatives try to be the last one standing to inherit the old lady's fortunes.  Bava's brilliance is that you never quite know what's going on.  With multiple murderers, the viewer is often led on a wild goose chase that is quite different from modern slasher flicks.

Bay of Blood is pure Bava with interesting camera work and impeccably controlled lighting.  This cast includes everything from a group of "carefree kids" spending a weekend of debauchery to a "crazy" tarot reading woman who steals just about every scene she's in.  Melodrama abounds!  It's the kind of thing you expect with Italian horror.

While Bava is not for everyone, one has to admire his passion for filmmaking and his ability to create an atmosphere that's slightly hyper-real and a bit "off."  While this is not my favorite Bava film, it is definitely well made and is well worth your time.

RATING: Very Good.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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