I didn’t really know much about The Bay before we watched it, other than it was supposed to be a good horror movie. And while the idea of tiny creatures invading your body and then growing into giant creatures inside your body and eating their way out is super horrifying, I’m not sure how I feel about calling this a horror movie. Not that I think genres matter that much, but in this case I think it’s important just to get a sense of focus. The Bay sort of feels like it did what The Happening tried and failed to do, by making a scary movie about the effects of human-based environmental neglect. One way it succeeded where The Happening failed is by having a plausible-sounding cause for all the madness going on. But I have to say, a place where The Happening succeeded where The Bay failed, I thought, was that the horrifying effects the environment had on humans was actually a lot more interesting. Did it make sense that the plants would emit something in the air that would make people kill themselves? Eh, no, not exactly. But it’s sort of cool, and kind of gives you more to think about than what happens in The Bay.
What’s also super weird is that this movie was directed by Barry Levinson. That Barry Levinson: the director of Rain Man, Diner, and The Natural, among others. Not that I’m against directors moving across genres, but I sort of wonder if some of the clunky handling of the “horror” part of The Bay was in due in part to Levinson’s lack of experience in the genre.
This movie is what Birdemic was trying to be, I think. It definitely wasn’t very good but the people behind it actually had an understanding of what is needed to write and direct a film. I found this movie to be kind of boring though. So in the long run I guess Birdemic really did do something great?
The Bay was a pretty straight-forward movie. It all took place around the Chesapeake Bay where a parasite in the water starts killing everything. The movie does have a few gross moments but the special effects are too subpar to really make you feel like it’s real.
I can’t say I would recommend watching this. I think people could enjoy this a lot. It just wasn’t that interesting to me.