- 1 hr 24 min
The Bay is a found-footage horror thriller directed by Barry Levinson and written by Michael Wallach. In the Maryland Chesapeake Bay town of Claridge, the people depend on the sea for their livelihood. In 2009 French scientists discover shocking toxic levels and chemical steroids in the water and go to warn the mayor, who refuses to listen because he doesn't want the townspeople to panic. His negligence costs the town its lives as they become host to a plague caused by a mutant parasite called Cymothoa exigua, an isopod from the sea that takes control of their minds and bodies, feeding on its host's organs. The victims' skin blackens and many of them die, while others revert them to a vicious zombie-like state and begin acting strangely and attacking the uninfected. The story is told through the efforts of a reporter who was there when the plague broke out and who has strung together footage he's salvaged of the event. The 'found-footage' includes several accounts from a news reporter and her cameraman's accounts as they were there to film the town's 4th of July celebration to a police cruiser camera to a doctor making a video call displaying his treatment of the afflicted to the CDC. There are several recordings from boats from a group out fishing, a vacationing family, and a teenage couple that all have their own experiences with the parasite. Other means of relaying the story include a Face-time recording, voice mails, and phone calls to emergency services. Although the people of Claridge attempt to fight off the parasite, it is unknown exactly how the plague spreads and they begin to succumb despite their efforts to stave off the sickness. As the plague and panic spread the town is shut down by the government, which eventually contains the outbreak and confiscates all footage of the incident to keep it from the public.