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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mike Canfield (as Wayne David Crawford)
... Dr. Elliot Snow
Roberta Leighton ... Liza Williams
... Deputy Lester
... Sheriff Ben Williams
... 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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Horror | Thriller

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The Lucifer Project  »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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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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Sheriff Ben Williams: Hey Sheriff! Sheriff, wait a minute. What have you got - a shark attack?
Deputy Lester: 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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Watchable "Fishy" Conspiracy Thriller
30 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

Barracuda: The Lucifer Project is a movie with a social message that has its potentials but fails to realize them due to its pedestrian acting and mediocre directing. The plot is similar to that of Piranha but the suspense is barely existent, not to mention the lame special effects created for the barracuda attacks. Another thing that may make viewers dislike the movie is its downbeat ending, which I personally do not mind. Despite all that, the forbidding music helps to elevate the occasional suspense.

The plot tells about mutant barracudas violently attacking swimmers and divers in the seas near the shores of a US coastal town. A young marine biologist and a local town sheriff try to uncover the mystery that involves shady medical experiments related to government projects.

Viewers expecting to find another Jaws-like excitement will be sorely disappointed. The second half of the film diverts its plot from the barracuda attacks to unraveling the mystery of the attacks. From that point till the end of the film the narrative takes a different route to deliver the "excitement" through lots of dialogues and very little action to the point of leaving the main conflicts in the story unresolved!

With the rather unsuitable title, it was obvious that the film-makers wanted to cash in on the success of Jaws. Who would have wanted to watch this had it been called "The Lucifer Project"? Anyways, the film went into obscurity.

Barracuda belongs to the B-movie category and is watchable enough for those who are into low budget nature-gone-wild flicks. Because of its loose ending, it should have been made into a sequel.


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