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Bay of Blood, a review by Achim


Title: Reazione a catena
Year: 1971
Director: Mario Bava
Rating: NR
Length: 84 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Audio: English: Dolby Digital Mono, Commentary: Dolby Digital Stereo

What begins as a simple giallo about greed and murder at a secluded bayside estate soon explodes into an odyssey of carnage that would single-handedly trigger the entire 'body count' genre. Claudine Auger (THUNDERBALL), Luigi Pistilli (THE GOOD, THE BAD & THE UGLY) and Laura Betti (HATCHET FOR THE HONEYMOON) star -- along with nearly a dozen landmark gore effects -- in Bava's epic of cruelty that remains as reviled as it is acclaimed. But to brand this legendary shocker -- best known under its alternate title TWITCH OF THE DEATH NERVE -- as merely 'The Granddaddy Of Slasher Films' is to dismiss its impact as a nihilist tour-de-force that stands as one of the greatest movies in horror history.

Scene Access
Audio Commentary
Radio Spots

My Thoughts:
I had been looking forward to watch this film as it was one of the reasons I bought the mario Bava Collection box sets in the first place. As such it was a bit of a letdown :-\

The giallo elements worked quite satisfactory, the murders were interesting, gory and varied, the body count high, the music matching. It was unfortunately the story that was overly confusing to me; some of the cast looking somewhat similar to each other certainly didn't help (you know how foreigners practically look the same :bag:). I got repeatedly lost in thinking how certain people related to each other and what their motives were. The ending is strange and almost laughable, although that might possible be intentional.

But as I said, on the bright side we have a sufficiently well made giallo with high body count, good gore, good music, decent acting, good camera work (by Bava himself) and several twists on the way to the end.


(From Mario Bava marathon on July 11th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Prep & Landing / Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice, a review by Danae Cassandra

Prep & Landing / Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice
Year of Release: 2009 / 2011
Directed By: Stevie Wermers-Skelton, Kevin Deters
Starring: Dave Foley, Derek Richardson, Sarah Chalke, Rob Riggle
Genre: Comedy, Animation, Television

On Christmas Eve, a high-tech team of elves from an elite unit known as 'Prep & Landing' ensures homes around the world are prepared for Santa's visit. But when two hilarious little elves face unexpected challenges and are pushed to their limits, it'll take a great big effort to save the season. Enjoy a heartwarming holiday classic sure to make everyone's Christmas list!

The outrageous yuletide adventures of Christmas elves Lanny and Wayne continue in this totally tinsel adventure that reminds us there's room for everyone on the 'nice' list. Santa's stealthiest little elves must race to recover classified North Pole technology, which has fallen into the hands of a computer-hacking naughty kid, in order to stop Christmas from descending into chaos. Bring the family together for a comical adventure that puts the Ho, Ho, Ho in your holidays!

My Thoughts:
This is a modern Christmas classic for us. I love this little special, from stressed-out McGee, to hyper excited Lanny, to cynical Wayne discovering the joy of Christmas again, to Tiny, who manages to have a character despite only seeing the top of the hat. Perfect watch every year for the season.
Much as I love the first Prep and Landing, I think I actually like this one a little more. I really like the story of Wayne and his brother, and the coal elves are such fun characters (especially Carol). Like the original, this is another modern Christmas classic for us, and I'd recommend it to anyone.
Cute, short cartoon of Wayne & Lanny helping out Mrs. Claus. It's a neat little mission snapshot, and you can watch it in the special features of the blu-ray if you're a fan.
Cute, short cartoon in the Prep and Landing universe featuring the struggles of the shortest elf in her quest to make coffee for McGee. Watch this in the blu-ray special features if you're a fan.

Bechdel Test: Fail
Mako Mori Test: Fail

Overall: 4/5

(From Christmas 2016 on December 16th, 2016)

Member's TV Reviews

Veronica Mars Marathon, a review by addicted2dvd

Season 1: Disc 3

Episode 9: Drinking the Kool-Aid
Drugs. Polygamy. Fraud. That's what Veronica looks for when she infiltrates a cult that has won the heart, soul, and bank account of a wealthy classmate. So why is everyone so darn nice?

My Thoughts:
This episode if pretty good. not one of my favorites though. It's just that there is nothing really special about it.

Episode 10: An Echolls Family Christmas
California Hold 'em. Weevil's the big winner at Logan Echolls' poker party but the $5,000 pot disappears. Keith attends the Echolls' swank Christmas party to discover who's been stalking Logan's father.

My Thoughts:
This was just a fun episode... had 2 single episode mysteries... and both of them was really entertaining. Obviously this is the first season Christmas episode.

Episode 11: Silence of the Lamb
Work ethic. While Keith helps the new sheriff search for a serial killer, Veronica goes into business doing background checks on her classmates' parents, which leads to a stunning revelation for her friend Mac.

My Thoughts:
This was a good episode. I liked that they did one on a serial killer... as they always make good stories for some reason. I also really enjoyed the sub-story of Veronica doing background checks on the other kids' parents... who wouldn't have loved an opportunity like that when we were kids?

Episode 12: Clash of the Tritons
You booze, you lose. The parents of a boy who's comatose after a bout of heavy drinking believe Veronica provided his fake I.D. The attempt to clear her name leads Veronica to a secret on-campus society.

My Thoughts:
This one really didn't impress me all that much... I mean it was ok... but a bit slow for my taste. It just didn't feel like all that much happened... and the story of the fake ID's just didn't hold my interest at all for some reason. Definitely could have been better.

(From Veronica Mars Marathon on August 25th, 2007)