A Bay of Blood
Directed by Mario Bava
When a rich Countess dies, strange murders befall people trying to claim her property in Mario Bava's gruesome giallo, which many credit with giving birth to the slasher genre. Combining his famously rich cinematography style with increasingly bizarre murders, Bava's film became a favorite of directors like Joe Dante and horror historian Stephen Thrower. It also found many detractors, including horror icon Christopher Lee, who found the extreme violence revolting. Controversial, disturbing and incredibly influential, A BAY OF BLOOD is a total must-see. Contains sexual scenes, violence and gore.
When a rich Countess dies, strange murders befall people trying to claim her property.
Cast: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Laura Betti
Decent. Loved the ending.
Quality gore in places. Take notes, there are a LOT of characters in this movie. I still have no idea what happened or why.
I've been into the Giallo for years now.I have to say this one is pioneering and very early on.Once you understand that multiple characters are unscrupulous (most of them) then it makes sense.Definitely a blueprint for the slasher genre.I don't really get the Friday the 13th ripoff claims other than maybe a small amount of the kills, especially the spear.The acting doesn't seem great but I'm sure dubbing doesn't help.It seems like it's not about suspense but more about greed and control.Man they really sold it with the octopus slithering over the cadaver's face!I have a fascination with evil child characters.They can be unnoticed then wreak havoc when you least expect it!Overall good Giallo very early and very violent! Four Skullz!
I can see why the ripoff became more popular. Pretty good gore effects. Funny ending.