Berry Levinson (Wag The Dog, Sleepers) has decided to try his hand at a found footage movie –not a choice many Oscar winners have made– and I’ll admit that this seems to be selling a movie with more scale and style than virtually any found fotoage film yet produced (aside from, arguably, Chronicle). That said, it also looks like they’ve crammed every horror movie genre possible into one film, to the point that it looks like a mashup between a Contagion-style pandemic movie, a Piranha-style gore/disaster movie, and a zombie movie.
Take a look below, or view the trailer in HD.
I’ve never not been tired of found footage films, but I’ll give this one a shot. No one has yet cracked it, but it’s foolish to deny that we as a society are rolling on millions of hours of footage fragmented between thousands of perspectives during any given event or disaster, and that creating a film around that concept is entirely valid as a technique/genre, not just a fad.
The film hits theaters and VOD on November 2nd, but debuts at TIFF next week, so won’t be long before we hear if this is something unexpectedly special.
The quaint seaside town of Chesapeake Bay thrives on water; it is the lifeblood of the community. When two biological researchers from France find a staggering level of toxicity in the water, they attempt to alert the mayor, but he refuses to create a panic in the docile town. As a result, a deadly plague is unleashed, turning the people of Chesapeake Bay into hosts for a mutant breed of parasites that take control of their minds, andeventually their bodies. A brutal and harrowing creature feature for the 21st century, THE BAY chronicles the descent of a small town into absolute terror.