A Sharknado marathon, first film at 7/6C, then the premier of the sequel at 9/8C on Wednesday on the SyFy channel
By Gabrielle Pantera
HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Daily Star) 2014/7/30- “We taught Al Roker and Matt Lauer how to kill sharks, so that was pretty fun,” says Sharknado 2: The Second One director Anthony C. Ferrante. “It’s not like military and scientists and technobabble. It’s a family trying to deal with weird stuff and doing dumb things like blowing up tornadoes with bombs. And I think we’ve kept that sort of same mandate. We always try to ground the characters as much as possible, and then they’re reacting to the crazy stuff as opposed to, hey, you know, we’re making a joke every five minutes.”
Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and April Wexler (Tara Reid) stopped a tornado of sharks, the Sharnado, in Los Angeles and are now on a plane on their way to New York. On the plane Fin fidgets as there is a thunderstorm brewing. He looks out the window and sees what looks like a tornado, but no… It’s a Sharknado! It’s following them to New York. Like the classic episode of The Twilight Zone, where passenger William Shatner sees monsters outside the plane window yet nobody believes him, everyone thinks it’s Fin’s imagination.
After an emergency landing, April is taken to the hospital because she’s been bitten by a shark. Fin is on his own to save New York. Or is he? He searches for his brother-in-law and some friends to help. He recruits a New York taxi driver (Judd Hirsch of Taxi). Can Fin teach his brother-in-law Martin (Mark McGrath) and high-school girlfriend Skye (Vivica A. Fox) to battle killer flying sharks?
The sharks are tough, but so are New Yorkers.
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The first Sharknado was a phenomenon, so much so they made a sequel with a bigger budget. It’s cheese and a bit gory, but the over the top story and acting make it a fun watch. You get so caught up that the absurdity of the premise of a tornado of flying sharks doesn’t matter. Sharknado was SyFy’s social media’s darling when it came out in 2013. Like Airplane it has corny yet funny dialog and over-the-top acting. Speaking of Airplane, Robert Hays appears in the pre-credit sequence.
Celebrity cameos include Kelly Osbourne, Richard Kind, Judah Friedlander, Robert Klein, Matt Lauer, Al Roker Kelly Ripa and Michale Strahan. The film actually has a serious message. The sharknado is caused by global climate change. Coincidentally, while shooting the film earlier this year, the weather was crazy in New York.
“The thing about the climate change…we were shooting at Met Stadium, and in the morning it was sunny, and then an hour later, it snowed,” says Ferrante. “And then it rained, and then it was back to sunny. That’s a plot point in the movie. Everybody’s going to go, ‘Oh, that’s not real.’ It actually happened when we shot.”
“God was in on the special effects of this movie, you know what I mean,” says Sharnado 2 star Mark Mcgrath. “I’m in this movie because I’m a fan. I feel like I won a contest, you know what I’m saying, to be in this movie. I was such a fan of the first one. I find myself in a cab on Broadway acting with Hirsch. Okay? Dreams can still happen. It happened for me in Sharknado 2.”