Barracuda (1978 film)

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Barracuda - Film 1978.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byHarry Kerwin
Wayne Crawford - (underwater scenes)
Produced byWayne Crawford
Harry Kerwin
Written byHarry Kerwin - (story and screenplay)
Wayne Crawford - (story and screenplay)
StarringWayne Crawford
Jason Evers
Roberta Leighton
Music byKlaus Schulze
CinematographyEdmund Gibson (as H. Edmund Gibson)
Edited byJane McCulley
Distributed byRepublic Pictures (II)
Release date
September 16, 1977
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States

Barracuda is a 1977 American horror/thriller film about a small Florida coastal town that is menaced by chemically induced and highly aggressive barracuda fish. The cast included Wayne Crawford, Jason Evers, Roberta Leighton, Cliff Emmich, William Kerwin and Bert Freed. It was directed by Harry Kerwin, with the underwater sequences handled by Wayne Crawford.


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 (Wayne Crawford) and sheriff (William Kerwin) uncover a plot involving a mentally unstable former war-medic (Evers) pioneering research into hypoglycemia and its effects on human behavior.


  • Wayne Crawford - Mike Canfield (credited as Wayne David Crawford)
  • Jason Evers - Dr. Elliot Snow
  • Roberta Leighton - Liza Williams
  • Cliff Emmich - Deputy Lester
  • William Kerwin - Sheriff Ben Williams
  • Bert Freed - Papa Jack
  • Harry Kerwin - Government Agent #1
  • Rick Rhodes - Government Agent #2
  • Matt King - Agent Leaving
  • Barbara Keegan - Maggie Snow (credited as Bobbie Ellyne Kosstrin)
  • Edmund Lupinski - Boy on Beach (credited as Ed Lupinski)
  • Kim Nichols - Girl on Beach
  • Frank Logan - Sam
  • Daniel L. Fitzgerald - Cook
  • Will Knickerbocker - Bill (credited as Willis Knickerbocker)
  • Ruth Miller - Edna
  • Scott Avery - Toby
  • Bob J. Shields - Floyd


Home media[edit]

Barracuda was released on VHS by Uav Corporation on December 7, 1989.[1] The film was released on DVD by Dark Sky Films on September 30, 2008.[2]


Cavett Binion from Allmovie gave the film a negative review, called it "[a] muddled attempt at ecological horror".[3] Andrew Smith from Popcorn Pictures awarded the film a score of 2/10, calling it "a cheap cash-in", and criticized the film's plot, phony special effects, and lack of focus on the film's title monsters.[4]


  1. ^ " Barracuda [VHS]: Various: Movies & TV". Amazon. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Barracuda (1978) - Harry Kerwin". AllMovie. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  3. ^ Binson, Cavett. "Barracuda (1978) - Harry Kerwin". Cavett Binson. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  4. ^ Smith, Andrew. "Barracuda (1978)". Popcorn Andrew Smith. Retrieved 24 June 2018.

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