|Directed by||Anthony C. Ferrante|
|Produced by||David Michael Latt|
|Written by||Thunder Levin|
|Music by||Ramin Kousha|
|Editing by||William Boodell|
|Distributed by||The Asylum|
|Running time||86 minutes|
Sharknado is a 2013 made-for-television disaster B movie about a waterspout that lifts sharks out of the ocean and deposits them in Los Angeles. It first aired on the Syfy channel on July 11, 2013, and stars Cassie Scerbo, Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and John Heard. It was also given a very limited theatrical screening via Regal Cinemas and NCM Fathom Events.
A freak hurricane hits Los Angeles causing man-eating sharks to be scooped up in water spouts and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Surfer and bar-owner Fin (Ziering) sets out with his friends Baz (Jaason Simmons) and Nova (Scerbo) to rescue his estranged wife April (Reid) and teenage daughter Claudia (Aubrey Peeples). He succeeds but April's boyfriend is eaten by the sharks. The group meets up with Matt (Chuck Hittinger), the adult son of Fin and April, who is in flying school. They decide to try to stop the threat of the incoming "sharknadoes" by tossing bombs into them from a helicopter.
As Nova prepares to throw one of the bombs, she falls out of the helicopter and directly into a shark's mouth. Matt is heartbroken. Baz is also lost in the storm. After Matt lands on the ground, a flying shark plummets toward the remaining members of the group. Fin jumps into its mouth with a chainsaw and cuts his way out. He emerges carrying an unconscious but miraculously unharmed Nova. Matt is reunited with Nova and Fin gets back together with April.
- Tara Reid as April Wexler
- Ian Ziering as Finley 'Fin' Shepherd
- John Heard as George
- Cassie Scerbo as Nova Clarke
- Jaason Simmons as Baz
- Chuck Hittinger as Matt Shepherd
- Aubrey Peeples as Claudia Shepherd
- Diane Chambers as Agnes
- Julie McCullough as Joni Waves
- Robbie Rist as Robbie
Sharknado was directed for film studio The Asylum by Anthony C. Ferrante, whose previous directing credits include the horror film Boo, and written by Thunder Levin, whose previous writing credits include the film Mutant Vampire Zombies from the 'Hood!. The film's tagline is "Enough said!" Sharknado is one of many B-movies commissioned by Syfy.
Actress Tara Reid said of the film, "It is silly, and there's only a certain amount of barriers you could go into. You can't take it so seriously when it's absolutely the sharks flying in the sky. It's so out there that it's actually really funny." The cast had to imagine the presence of sharks due to a green screen being frequently in use.
In an interview with Uproxx's Danger Guerrero, Ferrante summarized the film's plot: "There’s a flood. And a storm. Don’t worry about it."
The premiere of the film was watched by 1.37 million viewers, which is slightly below the average audience of 1.5 million viewers for a typical Syfy original film. Despite this, however, the film was a trend on Twitter, including discussion by celebrities such as Damon Lindelof, Wil Wheaton, and Olivia Wilde and also by Cory Monteith, whose last tweet before he died was about the film. Due to an increase in publicity (mostly through Twitter), Syfy repeated Sharknado on Thursday, July 18, 2013, one week after its premiere. The airing was watched by 1.89 million viewers, an increase of 38% over its initial airing. On July 27, a third airing of Sharknado got 2.1 million viewers, continuing the increase in popularity of the film and setting a record for most watched original film encore in Syfy history.
A representative of the National Weather Service jokingly recommended what to do in case of a sharknado, saying: "As with any waterspout or tornado, the best advice is to be in an interior part of the lowest floor of a sturdy building – and not outside, whether sharks are raining down or not." Organizations such as the Red Cross of Oklahoma City also used the film as an opportunity to pass on storm safety information while others incorporated it into their own advertising.
Regal Cinemas announced that at midnight on August 2, 2013, it would play the film in roughly 200 theaters nationally. Tickets sold out quickly in New York, Boston, and Seattle, where more showings were added to appease customer demand.
Sharknado received positive reviews. It currently has a 81% score at Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 6.1/10 based on 15 reviews. Reviewer Mary McNamara, writing for the Los Angeles Times, mentioned that the plot holes are "the whole point of movies like this" and that they are "fabulous in-home commentary. Often accompanied by the consumption of many alcoholic beverages." David Hinckley of the New York Daily News said "Sharknado is an hour and a half of your life that you'll never get back. And you won't want to." Sharknado was featured in a How Did This Get Made episode.
However, Kim Newman of Empire called the film "cynical rubbish, with an attention-getting title and just enough footage of terrible CG sharks in a terrible CG tornado chomping on people to fill out a trailer suitable for attracting YouTube hits."
- Australia – Premiere on the The Universal Channel was scheduled for September 9, 2013, but was fast-tracked to premiere on July 26, 2013, after the film's wide international response. It rated 54,000 viewers, making it the sixth most watched program for the night (and third most watched non-sport program) on subscription television.
- United Kingdom – Premiered on the Syfy channel on August 7, 2013.
- New Zealand – Premiered on free-to-air television channel Prime on September 17, 2013.
Syfy announced that they have ordered a sequel to premiere in 2014, set in New York City, and were running a Twitter contest to allow fans to choose the title for the new film. It was announced on August 8, 2013, that the sequel would be titled Sharknado 2: The Second One and is scheduled to premiere in July 2014.
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