More of an eco-horror than straight out scarefest, The Bay takes the form of an underground documentary trying to raise awareness about the deaths of several hundred people due a potential viral outbreak in a coastal town in America. Using cam footage, iPhones, CCTV footage and Skype converstaions, director Barry Levinson weaves a tapestry of conspiracy, shocks and human tragedy.
In the hands of others, this could easily have been an overblown exploitation flick – Fluid flying out of every orifice and maybe even the occasional bio-zombie. I mean, why the fuck not! That’s what the kids love, right?! However, despite the potential for puss, blood and gore, Levinson is restrained in his approach with short sharp shocks delivered sparingly and intelligently.
This is a horror for the grown ups. PG-13 need not apply.