Rent A Bay of Blood (1971)

3.3 of 5 from 86 ratings
1h 24min
Rent A Bay of Blood (aka Reazione a Catena) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
  • General info
  • Available formats
Synopsis:
When a rich countess is murdered, it's a race to see who'll inherit her estate and you can bet that the body count is going to rise rapidly in the process as the plot twists spin wildly out of control. The pile of bloodied corpses is going to get higher and higher as one by one the mangled victims are hung, speared, stabbed and macheted. Thirteen horrific murders turn the screen crimson with blood. Thirteen corpses float in the Bay of Blood...
Actors:
, , , Anna Maria Rosati, , , , , , Paola Montenero, Guido Boccaccini, ,
Directors:
Producers:
Giuseppe Zaccariello
Voiced By:
Frank Latimore, Andy Luotto, Gene Luotto, Edward Mannix
Writers:
Franco Barberi, Mario Bava, Gene Luotto, Filippo Ottoni, Dardano Sacchetti, Giuseppe Zaccariello
Aka:
Reazione a Catena
Studio:
Film 2000
Genres:
Classics, Horror
Countries:
Italy, Classics, Horror
BBFC:
Release Date:
22/07/2002
Run Time:
84 minutes
Languages:
English, Italian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
13/12/2010
Run Time:
85 minutes
Languages:
English Dolby Digital 1.0, Italian Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Alternate Italian cut of the film
  • Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, author of Mario Bava: All the Colors of the Dark
  • Argento! Bava! Fulci! The Giallo Gems of Dardano Sacchetti
  • Joe Dante on Mario Bava
  • Shooting a Spaghetti Splatter Classic: Cameraman Gianlorenzo Battaglia on A Bay of Blood Trailers: Carnage and Twitch of the Death with commentary by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim)
  • Twitch of the Death Nerve Radio Spots

Rent other films like A Bay of Blood

Found in these customers lists

Reviews (1) of A Bay of Blood

Spoilers follow ... - A Bay of Blood review by NP

Spoiler Alert
28/09/2017

How it must have been for a horror film fan to be of cinema-going age in the early 1970s – this is another Italian giallo film that was released into the already bulging world in 1971. Directed by Mario Bava, it contains all the hallmarks – beautiful locations, beautiful people - and someone dressed in black who is killing them all, one by one.

Bava is lauded as an inspirational to many more modern film-makers, which is great. I find his work a little hit-or-miss. Perhaps his reputation goes against him for me; I try not to read reviews of any kind before I’ve seen a film, but it is difficult to avoid Bava’s status. Perhaps if he were not so revered, I’d (unfairly) be more open to appreciate his work.

That said, this unquestionably contains some gruesome moments and handsome set-pieces for the growing number of killings. Stelvio Cipriani’s very rhythmical soundtrack plays its part in cultivating the unnerving moments too.

As always with Bava, colour is very important. Garish and lurid, even when muted by day-for-night, it presents my main issue with his work. It is too stylised, giving a stage-bound feel, even on location. Such starkness also robs the sumptuous locations of their natural atmosphere and charms.

The story revolves around the lengths people will go to safeguard what they as their inheritance. It’s a thin plot, hardly elevated by a very contrived ending. As giallos go, it has enough memorable moments to make it worthwhile (my favourite involves daft and giggly Brunhilda (Brigitte Skay) skinny-dipping, when a bloated corpse brushes against her – dissolving into hysterics. Her fate is also soon sealed), but it is far from the most compelling in the genre.

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Help & support

Find answers to frequently asked questions and contact us should you need to

How It Works

See prices and levels and find out how Cinema Paradiso service works

Friends for Films

Invite your friends to join and get free subscription each month