The Bay


Doing for backyard swimming pools and tap water what Psycho did for showers and Jaws did for oceans, The Bay is a genuinely terrifying eco-horror tale in which you aren’t what you eat, but rather what eats you. From the combined creative team of producer Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Diner), The Bay uses an ingenious assemblage of news reports, surveillance video, home movies and other purportedly user-generated video to expose the never-before-told story of what “really” happened in the idyllic small town of Claridge, Maryland over the July 4th weekend, 2009, when an infestation of deadly parasitic “isopods” made its way into the groundwater supply, effectively wiping out the town’s population in a one-day frenzy of dripping, ripping terror. Mixing elements of old-school insect invasion movies with modern gross-out effects and the new wave of documentary-style “found footage” horror fare, The Bay will make you squirm, jump and cower in your seat as it takes humankind down a few pegs on the food chain. (Dir. by Barry Levinson, 2012, 85 mins, Rated R, Roadside Attractions) 35mm