5.6/10
23,048
134 user 221 critic
Trailer
2:28 | Trailer
Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs.

Director:

Barry Levinson

Writers:

Michael Wallach (screenplay by), Barry Levinson (story by) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Afflicted (2013)
Certificate: 16 Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two best friends see their trip of a lifetime take a dark turn when one of them is struck by a mysterious affliction. Now, in a foreign land, they race to uncover the source before it consumes him completely.

Directors: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse
Stars: Clif Prowse, Derek Lee, Michael Gill
The Tunnel I (2011)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An investigation into a government cover-up leads to a network of abandoned train tunnels deep beneath the heart of Sydney. As a journalist and her crew hunt for the story it quickly becomes clear the story is hunting them.

Director: Carlo Ledesma
Stars: Bel Deliá, Andy Rodoreda, Steve Davis
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A group of 5 students go the location of the infamous "dyatlov pass incident", to make a documentary but things take a turn for the worse to reveal the secrets as to what happened there.

Director: Renny Harlin
Stars: Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A documentary about conspiracy theories takes a horrific turn after the filmmakers uncover an ancient and dangerous secret society.

Director: Christopher MacBride
Stars: Aaron Poole, James Gilbert, Ian Anderson
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Journalist Anne Roland explores the disturbing links behind her friend's sudden disappearance, an ominous government research chemical, and a disturbing radio broadcast of unknown origin.

Director: Blair Erickson
Stars: Katia Winter, Ted Levine, Michael McMillian
The Den (2013)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

While studying the habits of web cam chat users from the apparent safety of her own home, a young woman's life begins to spiral out of control after witnessing a grisly murder online.

Director: Zachary Donohue
Stars: Melanie Papalia, David Schlachtenhaufen, Adam Shapiro
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

For their ghost hunting reality show, a production crew locks themselves inside an abandoned mental hospital that's supposedly haunted - and it might prove to be all too true.

Directors: Colin Minihan, Stuart Ortiz, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ben Wilkinson, Sean Rogerson, Ashleigh Gryzko
The Sacrament (2013)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A news team trails a man as he travels into the world of Eden Parish to find his missing sister, where it becomes apparent that this paradise may not be as it seems.

Director: Ti West
Stars: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley
V/H/S (2012)
Certificate: 16 Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When a group of misfits are hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, and 8 more credits »
Stars: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard
The Taking (2014)
Certificate: 16 Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

An elderly woman battling Alzheimer's disease agrees to let a film crew document her condition, but what they discover is something far more sinister going on.

Director: Adam Robitel
Stars: Jill Larson, Anne Ramsay, Michelle Ang
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In an abandoned house in Poughkeepsie, New York murder investigators uncover hundreds of tapes showing decades of a serial killer's work.

Director: John Erick Dowdle
Stars: Stacy Chbosky, Ben Messmer, Samantha Robson
V/H/S/2 (2013)
Certificate: 16 Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Searching for a missing student, two private investigators break into his house and find collection of VHS tapes. Viewing the horrific contents of each cassette, they realize there may be dark motives behind the student's disappearance.

Directors: Simon Barrett, Jason Eisener, and 5 more credits »
Stars: Lawrence Michael Levine, Kelsy Abbott, Adam Wingard
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nansi Aluka ... Jaquline
Christopher Denham ... Sam
Stephen Kunken ... Dr. Abrams
Frank Deal ... Mayor Stockman
Kether Donohue ... Donna
Kristen Connolly ... Stephanie
Will Rogers ... Alex
Kimberly Campbell Kimberly Campbell ... Nurse Rebecca
Beckett Clayton-Luce Beckett Clayton-Luce ... Charles
Dave Hager ... Fisher Jerry
Tara Polhemus Tara Polhemus ... Teenage Girl
Sean Johnson Sean Johnson ... Teenage Boy
Murat Erdan Murat Erdan ... Mike Radio Host (as Murat 'Murf Dawg' Erdan)
Lamya Jezek ... Ms. Rosenblatt (as Lamya Reynolds)
Lucia Scarano ... Marla Spadafora (as Lucia Forte)
Edit

Storyline

This "found-footage" film is set in 2009 in the town of Claridge, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay. During the town's annual 4th of July Crab Festival, townspeople become sick, exhibiting a variety of symptoms, which leads local news reporters to suspect something has infected the water there. No one is sure what it is or how it's transmitted, but as people start to behave strangely, and others turning up dead, fear spawns into panic. The town is shut down as government authorities confiscate video footage from every media or personal source they find, in an effort to cover-up the incident. But one local reporter who witnessed the epidemic, was able to document, assemble, and hide this film in hopes that one day, the horrible truth would be revealed . . . Written by ahmetkozan

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Panic feeds on fear.


Certificate:

16 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 November 2012 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror en la bahía See more »

Filming Locations:

Georgetown, South Carolina, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,926, 4 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,474, 11 November 2012
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Director Barry Levinson was approached to do a documentary about the Chesapeake bay. He watched another documentey about the Chesapeake bay that talked about the pollution and the lack of fish. He said it was a great documentary but nobody will care about it. And so he said he would take all of the facts about the Chesapeake bay and turn it into a theatrical base piece. See more »

Goofs

The events take place in 2009. One of the characters shows her symptoms via FaceTime which did not debut until 2010. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Sheriff Lee Roberts: Put that gun down deputy...
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Into the Unknown: Barry Levinson on 'The Bay' (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Grover's Corner from 'Our Town'
Written by Aaron Copland
Performed by Aaron Copland and The Philharmonic Orchestra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
This film will crawl out of your blind spot
26 March 2013 | by mgarrison8See all my reviews

A small town on the coast of Maryland has a bizarre outbreak of some kind in the middle of their 4th of July festivities. The symptoms are strange, disgusting, and quickly don't add up. The hospital can't figure out what it is. Within 24 hours the town is in chaos, surrounded by the national guard, and quarantined. A small town novice reporter was on scene covering the 4th of July and she describes what happened with the help of her own camera footage as well as other digital evidence pieced together from a variety of sources.

It has some of that Blair Witch camera work which I normally despise, but for this documentary style flick it worked really well and I think this is the best example of its genre I've seen.

The thing about this is that once we come to understand the origin of this outbreak it sounds like something that really could happen. The chain of events that cascaded into this disaster was surprisingly complex and at the same time very on point with the risks industrialization poses to the environment and to us! I don't think I've seen a threat in a horror movie this well thought out in many years. It all made sense once you understood what was happening but it definitely comes out of a blind spot in the horror realm.

This is not simply a mutated flesh eating infection, a curse, or anything quite so simple but neither does it have the histrionic level drama that some horror junkies need these days. This is weird horror in the realm of the real.

I never thought I'd say this, but I was glad when I found little discrepancies in the portrayal of the collapse of the infrastructure, hospital and police procedures, etc. While watching it, my mind was going into overdrive trying to find reasons that 'this isn't real; this really couldn't happen like this.' There were a couple of scenes that were chilling in how similar they were to actual news stories. I felt an emotional outpouring of sympathy for the victims. It was like watching one of these catastrophes like hurricane Katrina or hurricane Sandy where you just feel so bad for the people involved. Of course the difference was this was a bit more bloody and once you come to understand the nature of the biological danger it goes to a whole new level of revulsion.

I kind of wanted to see holes in it to find some respite from the growing anxiety. I felt like some of those holes were there in a couple of gratuitous shock value scenes that fell a little flat, and in the response from the government. But when you look at the lack of response hurricane Katrina got in the first 24 hours…maybe one of those holes isn't so big after all, though the conspiracy-style cover-up in the movie was a bit much.

All in all, this film will make your skin crawl!


16 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 134 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed