Barracuda (1978)





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Here's a very low-budget attempted knee-knocker where chemicals released in public waters infect the fish, causing them to turn voracious as they become people eaters.
Drama , Horror
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Jason Evers
as Dr. Elliot Snow
Wayne Crawford
as Mike Canfield
Roberta Leighton
as Liza Williams
William Kerwin
as Sheriff Ben Williams
Bert Freed
as Papa Jack
Roberla Leighton
as Liza Williams
Cliff Emmich
as Deputy Lester
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As if the species didn't get a bad enough rap from the Heart song, along comes "Barracuda" the movie to further jeopardize the reputation of the fish in question. This ridiculous thriller was obviously inspired by the Steven Spielberg classic "Jaws," and this is probably the worst in the slew of rip-offs that followed. It was ahead of its time using environmental pollution as the backdrop for the story, but as it turns out, this has very little to do with killer fish. Sure it starts out that way with a number of obligatory attack scenes that are overlong and embarrassing mostly because it looks like toy fish were used. Then, about the midway point, the title creatures are completely forgotten about in lieu of a government conspiracy subplot that will disappoint people looking for a killer animal movie. While the writing is just as bad, I found the second half of the film to be a slight improvement simply because the death sequences were so laughable and insignificant. As the title card references, I believe the film was originally called "The Lucifer Project" and then changed with those idiotic fish attack scenes being added to capitalize on that shark saga that hit so big a few years earlier. It's a bait and switch technique that has been used many times before, and usually with a similar outcome. The direction is sluggish at best, and the annoying film score never seems to match up with what's going on in the actual film. "Barracuda" is quite the mess, but it does boast something of a surprise ending that deserves some credit. I can't say I didn't see it coming, but it is a lot more inventive than the rest of this dud.

Timothy Sanders
Timothy Sanders

A truly crappy Jaws rip-off with a cheesy environmental message, Barracuda might have been entertaining if it had featured more barracuda attacks....the only thing that could have made it watchable....

Al Miller
Al Miller

Starts off with the typical under water shot which is soon followed by the usual bad music score, but then quickly turns from being just another bad Jaws rip off to a bad government conspiracy flick. Don't you hate it when people ruin terrible horror movies with politics?

Bloodmarsh Krackoon
Bloodmarsh Krackoon

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