Fellow Svengoolie SvenPals from coast-to-coast will be looking forward to his upcoming premiere of a cult underwater cinematic thriller entry.
“Svengoolie” presents: “Barracuda” (1978)
Original theatrical trailer for “Barracuda” (1978).
The iconic Berwyn/Chicago-based horror film host will showcase his premiere of “Barracuda” (1978) on Sat., Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central on Me-TV.
“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.