Comedy / Film / Horror / Science fiction

It’s raining sharks – the joyfully bonkers world of Sharknado

What could be more terrifying than combining extreme weather and a shark attack?

That’s why those wonderful people at The Asylum and SyFy Films gave us the Sharknado movies – a gloriously outrageous series of horror-sci-fi-comedies, directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.

The six Sharknado films have become modern cult classics. From their outrageous premises to their over-the-top special effects, these films are definitely worth a watch if you haven’t caught them already.

In case you don’t know, a sharknado is that curious weather phenomenon when a waterspout sucks sharks out of the ocean and deposits them on a city (or anywhere else, such as race track during a race!).

Here’s a run-through of the series of six:

Sharknado (2013) The first Sharknado film follows a group of Los Angeles residents as they try to survive the first storm of deadly sharks. A hugely enjoyable watch for fans of B movies and campy horror, it introduced us to series regulars Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and April Wexler (Tara Reid).

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014) This time, the action takes place in New York City, where a new storm of man-eating sharks threatens to lay waste the Big Apple. It’s fun to look out for the guest stars, including Judd Hirsch as a taxi driver.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015) The action moves up a level here, with a storm of sharks now threatening the entire Eastern Seaboard of the United States and the White House itself. The film adds David Hasselhoff, Bo Derek, and Mark Cuban (as the President) to the cast.

Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens (2016) It’s five years after the last sharknado and the world is congratulating itself that it’s now safe. But of course, worse is to come – look out for a cownado, lavanado, and of course more sharks, along with some new stars added to the cast, including Gary Busey and Cheryl Tiegs.

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017) The fifth instalment goes global, with the action taking place in London, Sydney, Rome, Tokyo and other places around the world. There’s a whole host of cameos to look out for including Olivia Newton John, Tony Hawk, Jedward, and Louie Spence.

The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time (2018) So now we add time travel to the mix, with Fin and the gang in prehistory, medieval Camelot, and the Wild West. We encounter historical figures like Cleopatra, Confucius, Marie Antoinette, Julius Caesar and Joan of Arc. It’s as mad as it sounds. In fact, madder!

If you haven’t yet experienced the Sharknado films, they really are a wonderful wild ride of B movie madness. They’re absolutely joyfully bonkers and make very little sense.

I haven’t even mentioned that one of the characters becomes a cyborg or that our hero, Fin, is related to Martin Brody (remember the police chief played by Roy Scheider in Jaws?).

But with outrageous special effects, campy humour, and star-studded casts, what’s not to love?

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