Official synopsis arrives for Barry Levinson’s The Bay

An official description of Good Morning Vietnam and Rain Man director Barry Levinson’s next film - a parasite-filled ecological horrror...

Industry veteran, Barry Levinson, is most commonly seen directing and producing television shows these days, but I’ll always associate him with his classic features, such as Rain Man, Good Morning Vietnam, and my personal childhood favourite, Young Sherlock Holmes. Even his less rapturously received movies, such as the oddball Toys and undersea sci-fi thriller Sphere had much to recommend.

Word went around last year that Levinson had begun work on what has been described as an ecological horror film, a low-budget production that was initially known as Isopod.

Now going under the rather more generic title, The Bay, an official synopsis has appeared that provides a little more insight into the film’s subject matter, and the premise sounds remarkably like that of Jaws crossed with David Cronenberg’s sleazy debut, Shivers. Here’s that synopsis in full:

The quaint seaside town of Chesapeake Bay thrives on water. It is 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.

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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. A brutal and harrowing creature feature for the 21st century, The Bay chronicles the descent of a small town into absolute terror.

It sounds like a great throw back to an entire decade of horror movies, and we’re intrigued to see what Levinson makes of the story, particularly as his production crew on the team are the very same people behind the scratchy Halloween hit, Paranormal Activity.

A documentary-style B-movie with Cronenbergian overtones? We’re definitely intrigued.

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