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Barracuda (1978)

PG | | Horror, Thriller | January 1979 (USA)
Little coastal town is being terrorized by deadly Barracudas.

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Mike Canfield (as Wayne David Crawford)
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Dr. Elliot Snow
Roberta Leighton ...
Liza Williams
Cliff Emmich ...
Deputy Lester
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Sheriff Ben Williams
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Papa Jack
Harry Kerwin ...
Goverment Agent #1
Rick Rhodes ...
Goverment Agent #2
Matt King ...
Agent Leaving
Robert G. Noe ...
Hotel Clerk
William Roundebush ...
Boy Student
Denise Taylor ...
Girl Student
Leigh Walsh ...
Girl Student
David Renier ...
Arguing Man on Street #1
Ray Michel ...
Arguing Man on Street #2
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Little coastal town is being terrorized by deadly Barracudas.

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You Can Almost Hear The Screams! as the water below becomes a CHURNING DEATHBED of FLASHING TEARING TEETH! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Joe Dante was offered to direct the film because of his experience with the aquatic creature feature film Piranha which had been released earlier that year. See more »

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Camera crew reflected in car window. See more »

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Featured in Grindhouse Universe (2008) See more »

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Surprisingly Interesting
27 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I put Barracuda on Netflix Streaming after getting home from a long train trip, I was not expecting much, just your basic Jaws rip off with some cheap gore. To my surprise, although it was definitely a cash in on Spielberg's epic, it was still a fun, interesting movie.

The plot, at least initially, is what you'd expect. Killer barracuda suddenly begin attacking swimmers at a Florida beach, sparking an investigation by a local sheriff and a scientist. Things get interesting when the investigation uncovers a conspiracy.

Barracuda delivers all the gore you would expect from a Jaws knock off, but it also features elements that raise it to above average status. In particular, the scientist protagonist acts like an actual scientist, rather than the typical doom sayer we see in these movies. He initially expresses skepticism that barracuda could be behind all of the attacks and looks for evidence, like a real scientist.

Some reviewers have complained that the conspiracy angle crowds out the barracuda in the second half of the film, which has an element of truth. Still, the plot remains interesting, and the gore in the first half of the film more than suffices.


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