Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Halloween Horror Show On the Bay

Barry Levinson's 'The Bay' Is A Fictional Horror Movie Meant To Save The Real Chesapeake 
Born, raised, and still a proud resident of Baltimore, Maryland, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barry Levinson (Diner, Rain Man, Good Morning, Vietnam) has used his native home as a backdrop to many of his films—but never quite like this.

His new film, The Bay, documents a Fourth of July on the tranquil shores of the Chesapeake Bay. The seemingly benign holiday quickly takes a terrifying turn when mutating isopods begin to eat swimmers and water drinkers from the inside out.

Where exactly did the fast-growing parasites come from? The combination of agricultural pesticides, random pollutants, and steroids-in-chicken-manure that have been dumped into the bay, which have (in fact) rendered the Chesapeake 40 percent dead.
I'd like to know where that statistic comes from.  The bay now probably has as much or more biomass as it did when the white men colonists first arrived. The effect of eutrophication is to increase the biomass of algae, and other generally unwanted organisms dramatically.  Even the so called "dead zones", the anoxic areas of the bottom during summer, are teeming with anaerobic bacteria.  It may not be life that we desire, but it is "alive" and perfectly natural.

“Eighty five percent of the story is based on facts,” says Levinson, in an exclusive interview with TakePart. “In most cases we aren’t making this stuff up.”

The Bay opens on November 2.
The trailer

It might prove amusing, if I'm allowed to roll on the floor of the theater laughing...

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