Melbourne teenager Sam Kanizay made headlines this week after he emerged from a dip at Brighton beach bitten and bloody. His attackers were later identified as sea lice, tiny crustaceans that clean up the bodies of dead fish on the ocean floor. If this sounds like something out of a horror movie, that’s because it is…

In real life these little scavengers don’t normally have a taste for human flesh, but it’s a different matter in the 2012 found-footage film The Bay, directed by Barry Levinson. The very same creatures create havoc in a small US coastal town, albeit these ones are an oversized variety that have been mutated by waste dumped in the bay.

The news reports in Melbourne drew a creepy parallel to the film’s combination of handheld footage, newsreels and documentary style in a case of life imitating art.

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