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Seminal Work From Bava Regardless of Title
An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out massacre.
From legendary director Mario Bava (who doubles as cinematographer) and legendary horror screenwriter Dardano Sacchetti comes a film that essentially everyone (including Sacchetti himself) accepts as the original slasher film (now fondly referred to as the grandfather of the modern slasher film), and being a precursor to “Friday the 13th”.
Some people have given “Black Christmas” credit for being the start of it all, and it does have more of the modern look, but “Bay” has so many stylistic flourishes and plot similarities that it has to be given credit. I also believe “Blood and Lace” is under-appreciated in this regard, though I suppose “Bay of Blood” is the more influential.
Aside from the obvious concept of kids going into the woods and dying, we have some of the classic slasher themes: camera from the killer’s point of view behind a tree, the double impalement of a couple making love. Bava was way ahead of the curve with this film, despite claims from Luca Palmerini that it is “predictable” or Jim Harper’s calling it “blackly humorous”. (Harper also points out the “flimsy story”, but seems to be a fan of the film overall and recognizes its importance.)
As usual, the biggest critic is Howard Maxford (who never ceases to amaze me how he got a gig as a horror critic when he seems to hate them all). He tries to be complimentary by saying the film has “occasional pretensions to style”, but has the overall opinion that Bava’s work is “hard to sit through”. Sure, it was not the most exciting film in the world, but if Maxford cannot relax for less than 90 minutes, he should not be a film reviewer.
I think the opening with the old woman in the wheelchair being hung had plenty of style and called to mind the later works of Argento (by which I mean the middle of his career, the late 1970s). Argento was allegedly such a fan of this film that he stole a copy from a theater. That would not surprise me.
While the film as a whole has bland moments and your basic murder shots, this scene seals it for me as making the film more worthy of respect… Bava’s influence on others is obvious (the entire Italian horror subgenre more or less owes its existence to his films), but I think the finer points are often overlooked. Do not overlook this film.
Greed twitches several death nerves in Mario Bava’s brutal pioneering slasher flick!
Many films on the Video Nasty list are horror cinema’s answer to well-respected classics; The Last House on the Left offers a new spin on Ingmar Bergman’s The Virgin Spring, Island of Death is a more brutal telling of the story of Bonnie and Clyde and, indeed, this Mario Bava film owes its plot to the French classic, La Ronde. Bay of Blood is often noted as being an obvious inspiration on the Friday the 13th series, and when taking things such as the setting and a certain murder sequence into account, that is certainly true; but let’s not forget that this is also a fantastic movie in its own right. The film starts off with a glorious sequence that opens inside a beautiful manor house. We watch as a wheelchair-bound baroness is brutally strangled, only for the rug to be torn from under us moments later when her assailant is the next one to bite the bullet! It has to be said that the film never tops its opening sequence, but Mario Bava’s gore-fest manages to remain fascinating all the way through, as it turns out that the first murder scene sets off a violent chain of events that results in a very high body count.
This film would be properly categorised as a slasher, but its Italian roots ensure that it’s often labelled a Giallo, and indeed Mario Bava does include Giallo elements; from black gloved killers and an array of odd characters, all the way to an amazingly convoluted plot. Indeed, the storyline here gets so complicated at times that it’s liable to give the viewer an extreme headache, but Bava is always on hand with another glorious murder scene, and as the film features thirteen deaths in it’s eighty one minute running time – there’s certainly no lack of the red stuff. Bava ensures that the murders are suitably varied, and we get treated from an array of methods of dispatch, including axes, a spear through a lovemaking couple and an excellent scene that sees someone skewered to a wall. Mario Bava’s eye for detail doesn’t wane with this film, as despite being a grisly slasher; there’s still more than enough time for beautiful scene setting. The bay itself looks great and excellently lends itself as a location for savagery, while the decors of the character’s homes are elaborately Gothic. With the pitch-black ending, the director shows us that the film isn’t meant to be taken seriously, and overall, Bay of Blood is both influential and a great time – and therefore shouldn’t be missed by horror fans.
Original Language it
Runtime 1 hr 24 min (84 min), 1 hr 16 min (76 min) (cut)
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Director Mario Bava
Writer Mario Bava (screenplay), Giuseppe Zaccariello (screenplay), Filippo Ottoni (screenplay), Dardano Sacchetti (story), Gianfranco Barberi (story), Gene Luotto (dialogue)
Actors Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati
Awards 4 wins.
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length 2,295 m (Italy)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm