|Bay of Blood (1971)|
|Writers:||Mario Bava, Giuseppe Zaccariello, Filippo Ottoni, Sergio Canevari, Dardano Sacchetti, and Franco Barberi|
|Starring:||Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Laura Betti, and Claudio Camaso|
For sure, the negative attributes of the slasher genre are found here, but so are the positives. For instance, the red herrings that define the giallo (and to a lesser degree show up in the slasher genre), are present and fully accounted for in Bay of Blood. I am always a fan of the misdirection used in these movies, and Bay of Blood does well in giving several would-be murderers for the audience to accuse within their mind. There’s the crazy bug-obsessed neighbor who had severe problems with his elderly neighbors, and of course he continually spouts off his motivation to anyone who will listen. Then there’s the absolutely bonkers character Simon who just happens to find Mr. Fillipo Donati dead in the bay, but refused to tell anyone about it. Then there’s Mr. Ventura, who when introduced to our main protagonists carries an axe and starts running after our them without daring to speak aloud any words that might prove his innocence. Of course, you never can tell who the actual killer is going to be, because the giallo format allows for a certain amount of dream logic. The twists and turns don’t always have to make sense, but they’re certainly impossible to predict. Unfortunately, there’s a bit too much of this sort of logic at work in Bay of Blood. As the twists begin towards the end, they come in quick secession. Then, when everything seems fine, further twists come, right up until the end of the movie. Unfortunately, nothing comes of this other than a lot of confusion and a lack of cohesion.