Bay of Blood, A / Reazione a catena (1971)

1.0 out of 5

Trailblazing but tedious.

Mario Bava's 1971 movie certainly influenced the entire stalk and slash genre, but fails as a work itself. Combining a convoluted noir-style plot, a group of teenagers who appear to have stumbled in from a 60s beach movie, complete with a beach buggy and a group of shady, unsympathetic characters. The POV camera work would become familiar, and some sequences are effective, but Stelvio Cipriani's music is obtrusive, and features some tropical bongo drums at times of tension.

There are several graphic murders, but no atmosphere and Bava's cinematography leaves something to be desired.

Bad movie fans will love the ending, which has to be seen to be believed.

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