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A Bay of Blood 1971

  • Mario Bava
  • May 3, 1972
  • 84 mins
  • Italian
  • Horror, Thriller
They came to play, they stayed to die.
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.


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Bava is an interesting treat.
He manages to split my feelings on this whole movie.

I can say that's just not a good story... but I know that's a good giallo, one even portraying (within the genre, never forget) what happens when one's humanity is overcome by greed.

I can recall a lot of bad acting throughout the piece and I can also remember of beautifully shot landscapes.
Goofy transitions and inventive ones.

​As much as I do like some shots here (Bava, as far as I've experienced, had a fall for shadow/light emphasis and I do appreciate it), but mostly it a feels too cheesy for me. I don't know, I'll probably give it another shot some other time...
For now, I can say that the English dubbing does a damn good job to turn anyone off. Maybe the experience would've been better with the original voices, making the acting a bit more sustainable.
Then again, if I think about a scene in the early 30 minutes with the German girl and, well,...
Maybe it's for the best to just take it less seriously.

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