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Barracuda (1978)

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


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

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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


Little coastal town is being terrorized by deadly Barracudas.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

January 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lucifer Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Camera crew reflected in car window. See more »


Floyd: Hey Sheriff! Sheriff, wait a minute. What have you got - a shark attack?
Sheriff Ben Williams: Now, nobody said anything about sharks, Floyd. Don't go starting any rumors.
Deputy Lester: Some poor kid drown, that's all!
Sheriff Ben Williams: No big story in that, fellows.
Floyd: A good reporter checks out everything.
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Thriller-mystery with the barracuda used to drum up interest from 'Jaws' devotees.
23 November 2000 | by Wilbur-10See all my reviews


I was hoping for another corny 'Jaws' rip-off with this film, but after two unknown divers are killed in a long, drawn out, silent opening scene, the plot immediately changes itself into a land-based conspiracy thriller.

The story is based around the town of Palm Cove, where a large chemical plant is the main source of employment. Chemicals are being put into the water supply in an experiment to control the population - they are also leaking into the sea and stimulate aggression in the local barracuda.

There isn't much to get excited about here - a few 'Jaws' links are of minor interest: a labrador chasing a stick on a beach comes across a divers head; sheriff and marine biologist are the two main characters and they have a night search out on the water similar to the one enjoyed by Brody and Hooper.

The film has the look of a home-grown project and the multitude of credits given to the co-directors Wayne Crawford and Harry Kerwin suggest this may be the case. Once it is clear the barracuda threat is only a plot device the films interest level begins to wane.

Whilst production values are poor 'Barracuda' is still fairly watchable and the characters are fleshed out to a reasonable degree ( particularly Lester, the fat useless Victor Buono-like deputy ). This is still as far below 'Piranha' as 'Piranha' was below 'Jaws' though, so while not quite a full-blown turkey its very close.

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