(1971) A Bay of Blood

This film is pretty well known in the horror community as being one of the biggest influences for slashers such as Friday the 13th. I believe that the 1980 film had a hard time grasping everything that made A Bay of Blood successful.

The first thing to note is that this is a simple film, as far as the plot goes at least. Being an Italian director, I could have guessed that there would be a bit of mystery involved; which isn’t a bad thing, especially since body count movies tend to get tedious.

To me, the most successful aspect of this movie was the camera work. Although, it could just be because I’ve seen so many slashers that I needed to be in tune with something else to stay focused. I noticed a lot of long panning to extreme close up shots that gave the kills a real sense of urgency. There’s one shot towards the end where the shot actually lingers long enough to where we see our victim go limp, as opposed to the last look of surprise, which we’re normally left with.

Someone else can probably point out more about this movie than I can but I will say that I fully enjoyed it. Also, goddamn, that one particular girl that prances around naked is thicc as fuck.

Enjoy!

7/10

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Author: Ben

26 year old cheeseburger addicted horror junkie

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