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The Bay

  R HD Closed Captioning

Barry Levinson

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Plot Summary

From Oscar®-winning director Barry Levinson and the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes this nerve-shredding tale of a small town plunged into absolute terror. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing the cover-up and an unimaginable killer: a mysterious parasitic outbreak.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 69
  • Fresh: 53
  • Rotten: 16
  • Average Rating: 6.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: There is a lot of nasty stuff to look at, but very little that is genuinely haunting, jolting or terrifying. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Nov 1, 2012

Fresh: One hell of a creepy little eco-horror pic. – Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly, Nov 1, 2012

Fresh: It's schlock with honor, schlock with a conscience, schlock that speaks to the way we live now. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Nov 1, 2012

Fresh: A straightforward whatdunnit and a passionate slap in the face for a spineless EPA. – Jeannette Catsoulis, NPR, Nov 1, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Adult horror film

If you are only scared of ghosts, then this is not the movie for you. It is quite scary considering that its based on an exaggerated truth about our water. This is a great piece of work by Barry Livinson and deserves more attention that it got. This could just happen at anytime. Although ghosts are quite scary, but this ecological disaster is very possible

Really bad

This was really bad.....Bad acting. Bad editing. Bad idea overall. Yes its believeable about bacteria and water etc but its just overall not a scary film. I was really bored. The fact that everyone is on skype during a natural distaster such as this was laughable. Worst movie I have probably ever seen. This makes Battlefield Earth look like the Godfather. Im serious.

Levinson does Horror--who knew?

I think Barry Levinson should consider making another horror movie, because 'The Bay' is an extremely effective eco-thriller. Although it uses the now tired found-footage trope, it's handled a bit differently here as the entire story is narrated by a survivor. Levinson also wisely intercuts a multitude of different media recorded during the event which cuts back considerably on the annoying 'shake-cam' that has really hurt this horror sub-genre. This one is scary mainly for it's pure plausibility--unlike something like 'Paranormal Activity'. You'll definitely think twice about what you're drinking and where you're swimming. If you like horror movies that get under your skin--in this case, quite literally--then I highly recommend 'The Bay'.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2012

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