Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…there’s another killer shark, no wait, piranhas, no wait, whales, no wait, barracudas! Why not? After the immense success of Jaws, everyone was itching to make a buck off the next man-eating sea creature. Enter Barracuda. Thanks to cinematographer Edmund Gibson [Flipper] we have some beautiful underwater photography to look at. Things go downhill, however, when the actors break the surface and the dialogue begins!
There are many problems with Barracuda. The big ones are a plot that’s been done to death and actors who are rather amateurish at best. They also have terrible dialogue to work with which makes matters worse. Director/writer/actors Harry Kerwin and Wayne Crawford are at the helm of this sinking ship of a film. Well, at least we know who to blame! Two other Kerwins are listed among the credits so this film may be a family affair as well!
Unlike Roger Corman’s gleefully spoofy Piranha (1978), Barracuda takes itself way too seriously and has no sense of fun about it whatsoever. It just drags on and on and we know exactly where it’s headed every dreadful step of the way.
If you like beautiful underwater photography watch Animal Planet on TV. If you’re looking for a nice suspenseful monster movie, go elsewhere! You’ve been warned.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.