Thursday, 6 September 2012

Trailer Trashing: Barry Levinson's The Bay

Barry Levinson the director behind films that range from respected classics like Diner to that one where Jack Black makes dog poop disappear is dipping his toe in the whole found footage horror fad with The Bay. Let's look at the trailer...

My verdict: I'm just not feeling it.

It looks like a parade of not just horror/zombie/found footage cliches but the kind of cliches filmmakers use when they try to make what they think is the "important" horror movie.

There's the references to ecological disaster, and that the US government is somehow remotely capable of covering up the zombie-parasite related slaughter of an entire large town.


Then there's the final bit where someone does a "too dumb to survive move" by getting into a car, during a zombie outbreak, without looking in the back seat.

Double feh.

I think his last attempt at science-fiction/horror the flaccid flop Sphere would have reminded him to stay out of this sort of genre work.

That's what I think, what do you think?


  1. Blast Hardcheese7/9/12 11:04 am

    Didn't even watch the trailer, b/c you mentioned the 'z' word. Can I just say how effin' sick I am of zombies? Yes, the post-apocalyptic 'last person alive' thing is kind of cool but can we give it a rest for a decade or so? Geez.

  2. It looks bad, but I'd guess it'll make money given the cast appears to be in soaps or voiceovers, and the location and effects don't appear to have required all that much cost.

  3. sandy petersen14/9/12 8:16 pm

    I think it's cool that since it takes place in 2009, it is actually the Obama administration responsible for the villainy.