8. Movie Title: The Bay (2012)
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. They exhibited a variety of symptoms. This lead local news reporters to suspect something has infected the water there. No one is sure what it is or how it’s transmitted. As people start behaving strangely, and others turning up dead, fear spawns into panic. The town is shut down as government authorities confiscate video footage. Securing the media and personal sources covered-up the incident. Yet, one local reporter who witnessed the epidemic, was able to document the incident. He assembled and hide this film in hopes that one day, the horrible truth would be revealed.
“The Bay” is such an astounding mystery. Probably the only film that made me lost and confused. Here, you have people (out of nowhere) getting sick, and all you have to go off of is The Bay. “What the heck is going on?! I need an explanation!” I shouted to the TV screen. I had to refer to reviews after I watched the film to understand what the heck was going on.
Fun Fact: Barry Levinson is a Baltimore, Maryland native. After watching the screening of “The Bay”, he revealed that 85% of the premise is factual. He was approached by neighbors who encouraged him to make a documentary about the shocking fact that 40% of the bay’s wildlife was dead.