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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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Wayne Crawford (story and screenplay), Harry Kerwin (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wayne Crawford ... Mike Canfield (as Wayne David Crawford)
Jason Evers ... Dr. Elliot Snow
Roberta Leighton Roberta Leighton ... Liza Williams
Cliff Emmich ... Deputy Lester
William Kerwin ... Sheriff Ben Williams
Bert Freed ... Papa Jack
Harry Kerwin Harry Kerwin ... Goverment Agent #1
Rick Rhodes Rick Rhodes ... Goverment Agent #2
Matt King Matt King ... Agent Leaving
Robert G. Noe Robert G. Noe ... Hotel Clerk
William Roundebush William Roundebush ... Boy Student
Denise Taylor Denise Taylor ... Girl Student
Leigh Walsh Leigh Walsh ... Girl Student
David Renier David Renier ... Arguing Man on Street #1
Ray Michel Ray Michel ... Arguing Man on Street #2
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Storyline

A top secret government experiment leads to fatal barracuda attacks on the beaches of a small coastal town formerly renowned for its lobster. A marine biologist and sheriff uncover a plot involving a mentally unstable former war-medic pioneering research into hypoglycemia and its effects on human behavior.

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Taglines:

Something Deadly in the Water...More Dangerous Than Any Shark or Killer Whale! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lucifer Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Floyd, the newspaper reporter (Bob J. Shield), was dressed in the exact same style of clothes as worn by Darren McGavin's character Carl Kolchak in the 1974-75 tv series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker", who was also a newspaper reporter in that series. See more »

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Camera crew reflected in car window. See more »

Quotes

Deputy Lester: Alright, Lester, what have we got?
Deputy Lester: A godawful mess, Ben. I tell you, there was nothing left but his head.
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Surprisingly Interesting
27 May 2014 | by TheExpatriate700See 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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