Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals everywhere will be interested in the return of a cult seaside thriller that was independently produced and released in the late 1970s.
Original 1978 trailer for “Barracuda.”
The 1978 thriller was directed by Harry Kerwin*, who also worked as an actor throughout his brief cinematic career (“Barracuda” was Kerwin’s final production, he died on June 2, 1979). The Atlas International film was released theatrically in the United States by Republic Industries under the “Republic Pictures” moniker. The aforementioned incarnation of Republic Pictures had no connection to the original Republic Pictures corporation and the original Republic film catalog, which was acquired by National Telefilm Associates/NTA in 1967 (NTA purchased the Republic trademarks in 1984 and renamed themselves after the former studio).
This will mark Sven’s second broadcast of “Barracuda” (1978) on Me-TV. He had previously showcased the Harry Kerwin feature back in Nov. 2017.
Who was in “Barracuda” (1978)?
The players who appeared in Kerwin’s feature were Wayne David Crawford (as Mike Canfield; Crawford also served as director for the underwater sequences and co-wrote the screenplay), Roberta Leighton (as Liza Williams, Leighton later appeared in Ivan Reitman‘s 1981 comedy, “Stripes” w/ Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and John Candy), Jason Evers (as Dr. Elliot Snow), Barbara Keegan (as Maggie Snow, Keegan received screen credit as as Bobbie Ellyne Kosstrin in the film), Cliff Emmich (as Deputy Lester, Emmich later appeared in Rick Rosenthal‘s “Halloween II” w/ Jamie Lee Curtis in 1981), William Kerwin (as Sheriff Ben Williams; William was Harry Kerwin’s older brother and appeared in Herschell Gordon Lewis‘ thriller features), Bert Freed (as Papa Jack), Denise Taylor (as a student), a cameo appearance by Harry Kerwin (as a government agent) and Rick Rhodes (as a government agent).