‘Jaws’ Meets ‘Contagion’ Meets ‘Paranormal Activity’ in Trailer for ‘The Bay’


The Bay posterIt’s a bit of a weird thing to write an article promoting an upcoming found footage thriller from the folks that produced Paranormal Activity and Insidious and to cap it off by saying it’s directed by the Oscar-winning director of Rain Man, but that’s exactly what you get with The Bay.

Barry Levinson directs this upcoming thriller, which has a place here at the Toronto Film Festival and will hit theaters and Apple iTunes on November 2.

The film is set in the seaside town of Chesapeake Bay, a place where water serves as the lifeblood of the community. When two biological researchers from France find a staggering level of toxicity in the water, they attempt to alert the mayor, but he refuses to create a panic in the docile town. As a result, a deadly plague is unleashed, turning the people of Chesapeake Bay into hosts for a mutant breed of parasites that take control of their minds, and eventually their bodies.

Knowing it’s a found footage film with the credentials it has, obviously Paranormal Activity comes to mind. The fact it’s a viral thriller could call to memory films such as Contagion or 28 Days Later and the setting and description totally makes me think of Jaws. I say this without having watched the trailer, but now with a little more insight I’m definitely thinking I will be sure and check this one out here in Toronto on Wednesday, September 12.

Roadside Attractions is handling the film’s domestic release. Check out the trailer below and see what you think.