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When Bay Cove crossed my desk, I was more then a little intrigued. Here we have a late eighties horror movie featuring Woody Harrelson and Tim Matheson. Woody has never really been one of my preferred actors, but he has been in quite a bit of films and knows his way around a camera. And what can I say about Tim Matheson? He was only one of the main stars in one of the single greatest comedies of all time, Animal House. So yes, itís piqued my curiosity, but will the film even be interesting?
Basically this film stars a bunch of socialites from Boston. Now if you remember anything about the eighties, youíll notice these socialites are not out of place with their shiny suites and thin ties. That was just the times. These are the people who drink martiniís and have way too much money and time on their hands.
Now Tim Matheson plays a normal stereotypical white guy, who is sick of all the hustle and bustle of the big city. Forget that his wife loves the city, heís thinking entirely of himself. He meets with some friends who tell them about this great secluded cove on Devilin Island. That doesnít sound ominous does it? Anyway, they move out there and fall in love with the place.
Almost immediately they started noticing weird stuff. There were some extremely creepy kids running around everywhere. Their were some really weird neighbors, played by the Dad on Doogie Houser and the German lady from Benson. Now they would have been creepy by themselves anyway, but their roles made it particularly uncomfortable.
They soon discover that Bay Cove was founded by witches. Their hidden pentagrams and alters everywhere. They also discover nobody has died in the cove in over 300 years. Tim Matheson immediately gets into line, and starts becoming possessed himself. He falls right into the witchís crowd. The wife has other concerns through.
From here the movie plays like the Amityville horror, only in a cove. Weird creepy things keep happening, people start dying mysteriously. The split between Tim and his wife becomes very sharp as she gets closer to uncovering the truth.
What I really liked about this movie was the atmosphere and attitude of the film. It really felt like a classic eighties horror movie. The soundtrack was blood churning. They used a lot of soft filters that really gave the overall stock a neat look. What I didnít like about this film was the complete lack of gore and nudity. Thatís what separates it from the more popular eighties horror movies your used to.
This movie was alright. It wasnít spectacular, but it wasnít bad either. It did manage to hold my attention. The plot was decent, I just wish more of the horrors would have been more in your face. On some level itís defiantly worth watching. If for no other reason then to see an early Woody Harrelson appearance, as well as funnyman Matheson acting really creepy.
Added: Monday, June 02, 2008
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