The Bay: New York Film Festival 2012

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New York Film Festival 2012: The Bay

New York Film Festival 2012: The Bay


It’s truly hard to find decent horror—never mind scare stories that flaunt an environmental conscience. This expert entry in NYFF’s inaugural midnight sidebar will have you creeped out over microbial parasites long after you take a swig of tap water. Set over the course of a catastrophic July 4th weekend, when an entire Maryland town succumbs to a flesh-eaten demise, the movie assembles its postevent chronology in the found-footage style of The Blair Witch Project. But before you yawn, admit that the overused gimmick has to work sometime. (This is that time.) The movie compresses its Stephen King–like municipal scope into a ferocious 84 minutes. Directing is Barry Levinson (Rain Man), who keeps a no-nonsense eye over the performances and pacing.—Joshua Rothkopf

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