Bay of Blood

Bay of Blood

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Director: Mario Bava

Cast: Claudine Auger, Isa Miranda, Luigi Pistilli

     
 

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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… See more details below

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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 13th, 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. Antefatto was a trendsetting film, and paved the way for literally hundreds of graphically violent imitations. The film exists in several versions, differing mainly in the extent of the bloodshed.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Although considered during its 1971 release to be among the weakest films directed by Italian genre stylist Mario Bava (Black Sunday), Twitch of the Death Nerve has since taken its rightful place in horror history as the progenitor of countless "splatter" films, including Friday the 13th and Halloween. By far the most explicit shocker Bava ever made, Twitch employs the venerable narrative device of isolating a diverse group in some remote location -- in this case a picturesque lakeside house -- and killing off its members one by one. Bava's players, among them Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Volonte, Laura Betti, Brigitte Skay, and former Marcel Ophuls leading lady Isa Miranda, are dispatched in especially gruesome ways. Passionate lovers in bed are skewered on a spear, a woman has her head split open by an axe, and one man is repeatedly belly-stabbed. Plot development comes to a screeching halt once the killing commences, and Bava's body count pushes into double digits before the film's jaw-dropping surprise ending. Previously released with varying degrees of completeness as Bay of Blood, Carnage, and Last House on the Left, Part II, this graphically violent trendsetter has been restored to its original gory glory for Image’s DVD reissue.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/03/2013
UPC:
0738329112721
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
31,289

Special Features

Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All The Colors Of The Dark; Alternate European release version (Italian with optional English subtitles); Theatrical trailer; Trailers of other Bava films

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claudine Auger Renata
Isa Miranda The Countess
Luigi Pistilli Albert
Claudio Volonte Simon
Laura Betti Mrs. Fusadi, the clairvoyant
Brigitte Skay Brunhilda
Leopoldo Trieste Actor
Chris Avran Ventura
Anna Maria Rosati Laura
Paola Rubens Actor
Guido Boccaccini Actor
Robert Bonani Actor
Giovanni Nuvoletti Actor

Technical Credits
Mario Bava Director,Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Franco Barberi Screenwriter
Stelvio Cipriani Score Composer
Filippo Ottoni Screenwriter
Dardano Sacchetti Screenwriter
Giuseppe Zaccariello Producer

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