Bay of Blood (1971)
?the acknowledged smoking gun behind the ?body count? movie phenomenon of the 1980s, which continues to dominate the horror genre two decades later with such films as Scream, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and their respective sequels.? -Tim Lucas-
Directed by: Mario Bava
Starring: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso
- The second movie rated "V" for violence.
- They came to play, they stayed to die.
- 13 Characters, 13 Murders
- Terror Flows Deep
- diabolical! fiendish! Savage... YOU MAY NOT WALK AWAY FROM THIS ONE!
- the first motion picture to require a face to face warning* may be the last shock film you will ever want to see! -- * Every ticket holder must pass through The Final Warning Station. We must warn you face-to-face!
An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing field, complicated by some teenagers who decide to camp out in a dilapidated building on the estate.
This film goes by many titles, so many that it is probably known by more titles than any other movie ever released. the best-known title is Twitch of the Death Nerve. In Italy, the pre-production draft screenplay was called Odore di Carne ("The Stench of Flesh"), but the shooting title was originally Cosi imparano a fare i cattivi ("Thus Do We Live To Be Evil"), which was soon changed to Reazione a catena ("Chain Reaction"). After production was completed, it was announced as Antefatto ("Before the Fact"), but when finally released to theatres, the title had changed once again, this time to Ecologia del delitto ("The Ecology of Murder").
In the United States, it was originally released as Carnage, then retitled Twitch of the Death Nerve. It is also known as Bay of Blood (or A Bay of Blood), Last House on the Left ? Part II (or Last House ? Part II), and New House on the Left. In the UK, it was released as Bloodbath. The Internet Movie Database also lists Bloodbath Bay of Blood and Bloodbath Bay of Death as alternate titles.
Easily Bava?s most intensely violent film, its emphasis on graphically bloody murder set pieces was hugely influential on the slasher and splatter films that would follow a decade later. In 2005, the magazine Total Film named Twitch of the Death Nerve one of the 50 greatest horror films of all time.
With this films "gore", nicely done special effects (remember, this was released in 1971) and the strange camera angels, I would say it was a good b-movie experience.
I give this film 6/10 pukes
- This was actually shot on a piece of private property with few trees, but because of Bava's camera work it appears to have been shot in a large, wooded area.
- When Christopher Lee (Lord Of The Rings, Star Wars) first saw this movie he was reportedly so disgusted at the level of violence he left the theater in protest.
- Mario Bava deeply regretted filming the scene where a bug is pinned alive.
- One of the re-release titles for this film was "The Last House on the Left Part II", even though this film has nothing to do with Wes Craven's The Last House on the Left. In fact it was made a year earlier than "Last House".
- Reportedly has more alternate titles that any other movie.
- Due to the film's low budget the tracking shots were done with a child's toy wagon.
- The film not only had numerous release titles, but also had several working titles throughout the production. Among them were 'The Stench of Flesh', 'Thus Do We Live To Be Evil', and 'That Will Teach Them To Be Bad'. The title was finally settled on as Reazione a catena (meaning Chain Reaction) for its original release.
- he origin of the film was Mario Bava's desire to work with actress Laura Betti again. Betti had previously appeared in Bava's Il rosso segno della follia and the two had gotten along so well that they concocted the premise of this film for another project together.
- The shooting locations didn't have woods so director Bava created the 'woods' in the film by setting up tree branches to pass through the camera shots. According to actress Laura Betti the trickery would look so silly during shooting that the cast and crew would often laugh hysterically.
- Due to the film's low budget, most of the locations in the film belonged to director Mario Bava or members of the crew. The interiors of Countless Federica's home was shot at a favorite villa of director Bava and the interiors of Frank Ventura's country house were shot at a summer home of the producer.
- Mario Bava's personal favorite of all the films he made.
- Friday the 13th Part 2 takes two murders from this film, almost shot for shot. The locations of both films look similar.
- Dario Argento loved the film so much, he had a friend (who was a projectionist) steal him a print of the film during its first run in Italy. The theater ended up showing Hatchet for a Honeymoon to replace the stolen print for the remainder of the films run there (about a week and a half according to Argento. He still possess the print to this day).
- Mario Bava personally suggested the title Twitch of the Death Nerve for the American release after hearing it was being marketed as a sequel. The film was released under both titles.
- The Countess's suicide note reads, "February 13th. It is over. I am tired. My life no longer has meaning."
- The Count is stabbed repeatedly in his back and then he falls on his back and dies. When the killer is dragging him away, there should be a blood trail leading from The Countess to the door.