Conclusion: 'A Bay of Blood' wouldn't necessarily be called a classic in the Mario Bava cannon, but it's recognized as an influential motion picture in the cinema of horror, paving the way for story devices that would soon become staples of the genre. With an interesting murder mystery plot at its center, the movie entertains and has grown into a favorite among cult horror enthusiasts.
Summary: Cinematographer-turned-director Mario Bava is one of the horror genre's great transitional figures, and a particular influence on the development of the slasher. His first feature, 1960's Black Sunday , is a musty gothic chiller in the old-school Hammer Horror mold—foggy graveyards, crumbling castles, supernatural spooks—but by '63 and '64, with The Girl Who Knew Too Much and Blood and Black Lace , he near- singlehandedly set the template for a modern form of distinctly...
Excerpt: It doesn't matter what you call it, exactly: Blood Bath , Carnage , Twitch of the Death Nerve , Last House [click on the thumbnail to enlarge] on the Left Part 2 , A Bay of Blood , or any of seemingly hundreds of other titles. This is a film that's gone largely unseen on these shores since its initial release more than forty years ago, and yet it still managed to define an entire subgenre and forever changed the face of horror.
Summary: It would have been nice to see the Italian cut in better shape than it is here but outside of that, this is a good release. The transfer on the US cut of the movie is excellent and the audio is quite good too. Tim Lucas’ commentary from past releases has been carried over and the theatrical trailer is a fun piece of vintage promotion. As to the movie itself, it’s a classic and its influence on modern horror cinema cannot be overlooked.