â€œDiabolical! Fiendish! Savageâ€¦Â You may not walk away from this one!â€œÂ The Grue Crew are on a giallo kick, and as everyone knows, thereâ€™s always room for giallo. (Groan â€¦) Join your faithful Grue Crew â€“ Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, and Chad Hunt, along with guest host Chad Lab â€“ as they count the bakerâ€™s dozen of kills delivered in Mario Bavaâ€™sÂ A Bay of Blood.
Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 78 â€“Â A Bay of BloodÂ (1971)
Like a lot of foreign films released in the U.S.,Â A Bay of BloodÂ had a bit of an identity problem as it experienced several re-titles. Originally known asÂ Reazione a catena, among its many other titles areÂ Twitch of the Death Nerve,Â Carnage,Â Blood Bath,Â and evenÂ The Last House on the Left, Part II.
Mario BavaÂ serves as director, co-writer, and cinematographer in this giallo gem. An heiress is murdered at the outset and from then on, it is no holds barred as the rest of family schemes, maneuvers, and murders while trying to secure the family inheritance for themselves. You might need a scorecard to track who is being killed, how they are killed, and who the killers are. Yes, there are killers, as in plural. The first and second murders quickly revealÂ A Bay of BloodÂ as not your ordinary run of the mill slasher flick.
Speaking of slasher flicks, Doc identifies several very familiar looking kills and the influenceÂ A Bay of BloodÂ must have surely had onÂ Friday the 13thÂ (1980), and hence, other 1980s slasher fare. Bill reveals, not that it was a big secret, that Bava is his favorite director and notes the appearance ofÂ for the second episode in a row following her role inÂ Deep RedÂ (1975). Most of the filmâ€™s characters have little to like, creating a bit of a hurdle for Chad Lab, but as the innovative kills mount, he quickly gets over it and comes to love the film. Chad Hunt helps the rest of the Grue Crew keep the characters straight and recounts his repeated cries of, â€œWhat? â€¦ What?! â€¦ What?!!â€ as the killings unfolded. With so many murders from which to choose â€“ hanging, spear, octopus, billhook, etc. â€“ the Grue Crew canâ€™t resist picking each of their favorite kills
Of course, this episodeâ€™s Grue Crew gives a unanimous recommendation to this classic giallo film. If you havenâ€™t seenÂ A Bay of Blood, it is guaranteed you will not guess who commits the final murders.
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