The Bay

2012 R 1h 24m DVD

The Bay

2012 R 1h 24m DVD
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From director Barry Levinson comes this gruesome tale of ecological horror that follows unfolding events in a seaside Maryland town as a deadly menace infests the bay and turns residents into hosts for mutant parasites.
Nansi Aluka, Christopher Denham, Stephen Kunken, Frank Deal, Kether Donohue, Kristen Connolly, Will Rogers, Kimberly Campbell, Beckett Clayton-Luce, Dave Hager
Barry Levinson
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating Pause for kids 16 & under
age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Bay -- a horror movie about a terrifying, murderous environmental disaster -- is made up of "found" footage from various video cameras (it's presented as a documentary but is fiction). There's lots of death and blood, as well as a general disgusting, disturbing tone as survivors try to figure out what the culprit is and how it works. Language is strong, with several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," both spoken and written (in text messages and emails). In one scene, a teen boy and girl flirt briefly before going swimming; the teen girl is shown in her bra. The Bay comes from the creator/producer of the Paranormal Activity movies, though it's unlikely to have the same kind of draw.

Sexual Content

Two teens flirt briefly before going swimming. A teen girl is shown in her bra/bathing suit. A married couple is shown being comfortable with each another and kissing. While watching herself on video, Donna makes a comment about how tight her pants are.


Dozens upon dozens of dead bodies -- including kids -- with lots of blood (dripping and oozing) and amputated limbs. Also dead fish and birds. A creepy bug jumps out of a fish's mouth and later burrows out of a man's neck. People, including a young girl, have weird boils and blisters covering their skin. Characters throw up blood. They eventually describe the perpetrator: a mutated parasite that not only eats its victims from the outside in but also from the inside out. (Victims' tongues are eaten, but this isn't shown.) There's a general sense of disgust and discomfort throughout the movie. A baby is part of a particularly scary scene.


Strong language includes several uses of "s--t" and "f--k"; they're also shown in text messages and email. Other words include "son of a bitch," "damn," "hell," and terrified uses of "Jesus" and "oh my God."

Social Behavior

A cautionary tale -- albeit a bloody, scary one -- The Bay could inspire teen viewers to be more aware of environmental issues and how man's actions can change things in both subtle and drastic ways.


Google and YouTube are used on various computers.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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