Twitch of the Death Nerve (1971)
aka Bay of Blood

Directors: Mario Bava
Genre: Horror/Slasher

"Though most do not watch Mario Bava films for their tightly constructed plots, this film still provided much of the inspiration for the first two FRIDAY THE THIRTEENTH films, as well as some of the actual scenes. The plot hinges on a bunch of murderous relatives who are all competing for position to inherit the estate of the matron of the family, which is mainly the bayside resort at which they are staying. However, a gaggle of teens show up and see a bit too much and, well, it becomes the BAY OF BLOOD..." - from DVD Pacific

My oppinion:
Probably most known by the title "Bay of Blood", but I've chosen to use "Twitch of the Death Nerve" just because it's such a great title. I'd read a few reviews on this one before seeing it (mostly good), so my expectations were high. It's said to be the "grandfather of slasher flicks" wich isn't necessarily a good thing for me as slashers isn't my favourite genre to say the least. The plot is pretty confusing going from subplot to subplot, but even though there were quite a few things that just didn't seem right, and a few points I obviously didn't catch during the movie, it did get nested up ok in the end. All the subplots did annoy me a bit though. What I really liked about this one was the murder scenes, wich were brutal, graphic and just very well done! Especially the "suicide" scene at the beginning was chilling and gruesome. The body count is quite high as well.
At least it should be seen by Mario Bava and slasher fans.

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