When two researchers find a staggering level of toxicity in Chesapeake Bay, they attempt to alert the town before the situation gets out of control. But panic spreads quickly as a deadly plague of parasites is unleashed causing sheer panic in what was once a docile seaside town. Veteran director Barry Levinson (DINER, RAIN MAN) goes full body horror in this underseen eco-terror, cleverly told through found footage.
I seem to be on a watery grave binge lately–maybe it’s this Arkansas heat finally getting to me. Anyways, I decided to watch a film called The Bay on Shudder and it’s alright. Shot in the found footage style (which I don’t typically like), The Bay tells the story of a town struck by tragedy. A parasite that travels by water infects the townspeople, killing more than 700. The film exposes what happened, as naturally the incident was covered up.
Usually I get bored watching found footage films. I’ve never really been a huge fan of them. So the fact I actually somewhat enjoyed watching this film comes as a surprise to me. I also haven’t watched a whole lot of eco-terror films, though I will be watching more in the future. I found myself growing attached to the characters whose stories were highlighted, despite already knowing their fates.
The Bay covers the incident from several different angles, which is pretty neat too. It stays pretty steady, without really having any lull. It might feel like a slow build to some people, though. I also liked the fact that isopod parasites were used, as opposed to sharks for once. Many watery grave movies use the killer shark trope, after all.
I think this film would be enjoyable for those that like found footage and creature features, even though the isopods aren’t really highlighted as a creature. In fact, that’s probably one of my biggest complaints about the film: more focus was placed on the deaths and the people infected than the horrifying organism itself.