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Concept art proves Barry Levinson's The Bay will include one of your favorite internet gross-outs

Illustration for article titled Concept art proves Barry Levinsons emThe Bay/em will include one of your favorite internet gross-outs

Remember the tongue-eating parasite that grossed out the entire internet? We've been wondering if it was going to make an appearance in Rain Man director Barry Levinson's new low-budget horror movie, The Bay — especially since The Bay went into production soon after that story went viral, and its original title was Isopod. (Which is also a term for the tongue-eating parasite.)

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Now concept designer Daniel Colón has posted some totally insane concept art and stills, showing just how much you're not going to want to be eating gummi worms while watching this movie. Colon writes:

When producer Jason Sosnoff needed some gruesome concept images for his horror movie The Bay, I made a mix of drawings and photomontages of various scenes from the script. Not for weak stomachs or faint hearts.

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Check out a few more images from the film — but don't look at these on an empty stomach! There's also more at the link. [Daniel Colón, via Dread Central]

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DISCUSSION

I appreciate the Donald-Sutherland-in-Body-Snatchers reference in the top image.

I will reserve judgement until I see this movie (if I ever do) but between this concept art and the synopsis below it seems that they're taking a really horrifying thing that actually exists and making a movie that ignores all the things about it that are so horrifying.

"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. 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."

The really fucked up things about the real isopods:

#1. Not caused by toxicity or mutants. This is an actual thing that nature does.

#2. The isopods don't take control of their hosts, they replace their hosts' tongues and pretend everything is hunky dory.

#3. The hosts pretend everything is hunky dory too!! The fish don't try to get rid of the parasites, because as far as they know, everything seems fine!! YOU HAVE A BUG FOR A TONGUE, THINGS ARE NOT FINE

Instead, it looks like they're making it into a standard zombie kind of movie, with the visual twist that the zombies have bugs for tongues. I very much think that even the most clichéd one sentence synopsis can be brilliant with the right execution, so we'll see. I just lament the amount of pre-invented (by nature!) body horror that it seems they're leaving on the table.