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884 Ratings

A Bay of Blood

Reazione a catena (Twitch of the Death Nerve)

Directed by Mario Bava
Italy, 1971
Horror, Mystery


An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder spree, as relatives and friends attempt to reduce the inheritance playing field—complicated by some teenagers who decide to camp out for fun in a dilapidated building on the estate.

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A Bay of Blood Directed by Mario Bava

Critics reviews

If so much in Bay of Blood seems so familiar, it is because so much has been so often emulated; this film is a vital turning point in the horror genre, ushering in the slice and dice subgenre. Where Bay of Blood falters in terms of style are the erratic and frequently unnecessary zooms, something Lucas says is actually more refined in the Italian version of the film.
October 14, 2015
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Bava’s thoroughly unique and snarky mise-en-scéne doesn’t give the impression of a mere retaliatory work, the nail in the coffin to this reasoning being a denouement Joe Dante has called “the best ending since Citizen Kane.” Bava proverbially pulls out all the stops: the rare horror ending that offers one last shock while committing fully to the film’s ideals, a final punchline that Bava makes sure doesn’t go down easy.
September 02, 2013
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The cynical plotting and unprecedented violence formed the template for the slasher movies of the 1980s, but while countless films have imitated the movie’s gore (Friday The 13th Part 2, for instance, copies two of its killings beat for beat), none have matched Bava’s filmmaking energy. Formally, Twitch Of The Death Nerve is outrageous, rich with lurid color, unusual compositions, and eccentric visual details.
June 10, 2013
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