Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast will be looking forward to his upcoming premiere of a cult underwater cinematic thriller entry.
Original theatrical trailer for “Barracuda” (1978).
“Barracuda” was directed by Harry Kerwin, who was also an actor and a film producer. This was Kerwin’s last feature film; he died on June 2, 1979 (according to IMDB). At the time, “Barracuda” was one of many cinematic underwater thrillers that were released to capitalize on the success of Steven Spielberg’s “Jaws” (1975). Some of the other “Jaws-style” thrillers included “Mako: The Jaws of Death” (1976), “Tentacles” (1977), “Orca” (1977) and “Pirhana” (1978).
Who was in “Barracuda” (1978)?
The players who appeared in “Barracuda” were Wayne David Crawford (as Mike Canfield), Jason Evers (as Dr. Elliot Snow), Roberta Leighton (as Liza Williams), Cliff Emmich (as Deputy Lester), William Kerwin (as Sherriff Ben Williams), Barbara Keegan (as Maggie Snow, Keegan was credited as Bobbie Ellyne Kosstrin in the film), Bert Freed (as Papa Jack), Denise Taylor (as a student), Rick Rhodes (as a government agent) and Harry Kerwin (as a government agent).
In addition to playing the role of Mike Canfield in “Barracuda,” Wayne David Crawford also directed the underwater sequences for Harry Kerwin’s film. Crawford also co-wrote the screenplay with Kerwin, according to additional details from IMDB.
William Kerwin, who played Sherriff Ben Williams in the film was the older brother of Harry Kerwin. According to his IMDB profile, the elder Kerwin appeared in bit roles in numerous films and television series throughout his screen career, notably in Herschell Gordon Lewis’ horror flicks.
Joe Dante was originally considered to direct “Barracuda”
Due to his success with directing “Piranha” for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures that same year, Joe Dante was originally offered to direct “Barracuda” before Harry Kerwin took over the project, according to IMDB’s trivia portal.
The first North American feature for Atlas International
According to the American Film Institute’s database entry on “Barracuda,” the film marked the first North American feature for Atlas International, an European film production-distribution firm that was founded by Dieter Menz in 1967 (his brother, Manfred Menz produced the film).
Released in the United States by “Republic Pictures”
According to the North American poster for “Barracuda,” the film was listed as a “Republic Pictures” release. This was a short-lived incarnation of the former studio, which was a subsidiary of Republic Industries, a firm that was not related to the original company.
The other “Republic Pictures” for “Barracuda” had no relation to the original Republic Pictures or National Telefilm Associates (NTA), which acquired the original Republic library in 1967 (according to Broadcasting Magazine). NTA obtained the rights to the Republic trademarks in 1984 and the syndication firm was renamed “Republic Pictures.”
In addition to the Republic name, “American General Pictures Corp.” was also listed as one of the companies behind “Barracuda” (according to AFI’s portal on the film).
Be sure to watch Svengoolie’s premiere of “Barracuda” (1978), this Sat. on Me-TV!
You will not want to miss out on Svengoolie’s upcoming premiere of Harry Kerwin’s “Barracuda” (1978) with fun facts by Sven, Doug Graves’ song of the evening and Kerwyn’s “mail call” segment! An evening of thrills and fun with the magic of Sven (highly recommended)!
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area: WTTG-5.3/Cable 196/Fios 489/Antietam Cable 194 (also on QAM digital 68.6 for Antietam cable subscribers)
In the Baltimore, Maryland area: WBAL-TV 11.2/Cable 208
In the Hanover/Gettysburg/York, Pennsylvania area: WGAL-TV 8.2/Cable 248
Live-tweet with fellow #Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast during Sven’s Sat. “big broadcast” premiere of “Barracuda” on Me-TV (via Twitter)!
Cameo mention of a fellow SvenPal (featured during Sven’s Halloween morning appearance on Sven’s hometown station)! Svengoolie’s Halloween 2017 morning appearance from WCIU-TV’s “The Jam” (WCIU’s Chicago morning show), featuring fellow SvenPal Jamie Lee in the photo segment with Sven! “Two thumbs up, Jamie” (on behalf of all fellow super SvenPals everywhere)! -C.H.
Update! New official limited edition Alex Ross-Scott Shaw Svengoolie and Kerwyn buttons are available from the Me-TV store! A new twinset of limited edition Svengoolie buttons (featuring Sven and Kerwyn) were recently featured on Me-TV’s official online store (the third set of Sven buttons)!
One Sven button was designed by nationally-known comic book artist Alex Ross and another button was designed by nationally-known cartoonist Scott Shaw! Makes a great gift! Get yours today before they run out (limited quantities are available)!
Svengoolie (and his alter-ego, Rich Koz)’s Halloween interview with former WGN Radio personalities Steve King and Johnnie Putman on Gulf Coast State College’s WKGC Radio during the “Steve and Johnnie Halloween WKGC Special” (from Oct. 31, starting at the 16:19 mark in part 1)!
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