Ecologia del delitto (A Bay of Blood) 1971 R18+
1.00PM Sat 30 Sep 2017
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed
A Bay of Blood will screen from a 35mm film print.
The murder of an elderly Countess means that her extremely valuable property by the bayside is now ready to be inherited. Driven by deadly avarice, competing sets of relatives (and a money-hungry real estate agent) plot murderous schemes to get each other out of the way. Their plans are even further complicated by a group of lascivious teenagers who are camped out on the property after hearing the owner has died.
A Bay of Blood (also often known as Twitch of the Death Nerve) is an extremely violent gorefest that marked the high-point of Bava's bloodletting – at least in terms of scale. The semi-farcical premise has a blackly comic edge to it that Bava embraces, without ever dipping into pure comedy. As with Blood and Black Lace 1964, A Bay of Blood would eventually prove to be deeply influential on future generations of slasher films. There is a level of brutal mayhem here that ensures the plot is secondary to the raucous carnage on display. Yet it also not simply a throwaway schlockfest – even on a lower budget, Bava cannot help but shoot with unmistakable skill – and as the film rolls out, it becomes clear why it has become such a revered title in the cult movie annals. An unapologetically blood-soaked extravaganza.
Alternative titles: Twitch of the Death Nerve; Blood Bath; Carnage
35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 84 MINS, ITALY, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR/CINEMATOGRAPHER: MARIO BAVA / SCRIPT: MARIO BAVA, GIUSEPPE ZACCARIELLO, FILIPPO OTTONI, SERGIO CANEVARI / EDITOR: CARLO REALI / PRODUCTION CO: NUOVA LINEA CINEMATOGRAFICA / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NAOR WORLD MEDIA FILMS / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM
R18+ | High level horror violence