Sharknado (film series)

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Sharknado
Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante
Produced by David Michael Latt
Written by Thunder Levin
Starring
Music by
  • Christopher Cano
  • Chris Ridenhour
Production
company
Distributed by Syfy
Release date
  • 1: July 11, 2013 (2013-07-11)
  • 2: July 30, 2014 (2014-07-30)
  • 3: July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22)
  • 4: July 31, 2016 (2016-07-31)
  • 5: August 6, 2017 (2017-08-06)
  • 6: August 19, 2018 (2018-08-19)[1]
Running time
85–95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Sharknado is a series of American disaster horror comedy science-fiction films released by Syfy starting in 2013. The sixth film will conclude the series in 2018. It has since been expanded into video games and comics, including a spin-off film, Sharknado: Heart of Sharkness, that was released in 2015.

The series stars Ian Ziering and Tara Reid as Fin and April Shepard, respectively; a husband and wife who continue to encounter "sharknadoes", tornadoes filled with sharks, wherever they go.

Films[edit]

Occupation Sharknado Sharknado 2:
The Second One
Sharknado 3:
Oh Hell No!
Sharknado:
The 4th Awakens
Sharknado 5:
Global Swarming
The Last Sharknado:
It's About Time
[1]
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Director Anthony C. Ferrante
Producer David Michael Latt
Writer Thunder Levin Thunder Levin
Scotty Mullen
Scotty Mullen[2]
Editor William Boodell Ana Florit
Vashi Nedomansky
Christopher Roth Ana Florit Ana Florit
Ryan Mitchelle
TBA
Cinematography Ben Demaree Laura Beth Love Ryan Broomberg TBA
Composer Ramin Kousha Christopher Cano
Chris Ridenhour
TBA
Production
Company
Syfy Films
The Asylum
Distributor Syfy
Runtime 85 minutes 95 minutes 90 minutes TBA
Released July 13, 2013 (2013-07-13) July 30, 2014 (2014-07-30) July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22) July 31, 2016 (2016-07-31) August 6, 2017 (2017-08-06) August 19, 2018 (2018-08-19)[1]

Sharknado (2013)[edit]

A freak cyclone hits Los Angeles causing man-eating sharks to be scooped up in water spouts and flood the city with shark-infested seawater. Bar-owner and surfer Fin (Ian Ziering) sets out with his friends to rescue his estranged wife, April (Tara Reid), and their teenage daughter, Claudia, before the "sharknado" reaches them.[3]

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)[edit]

While Fin and April are in New York City to promote April's book, How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters, about the Los Angeles sharknado, the city is hit by a severe storm causing new "sharknadoes" to emerge.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)[edit]

Following the events of the previous film, Fin and April have remarried and are expecting another child. For his heroics in the "sharknado" battles in Los Angeles and New York, Fin is in Washington, D.C. to receive an award from the president. However, when he is there he encounters a new "sharknado" which begins to make its way down the "Feast Coast" to Florida.[4]

Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016)[edit]

Sharknado 4 was confirmed to follow upon Sharknado 3's premiere.[5] Sharknado 3 concludes with a cliffhanger regarding whether or not April is killed by falling wreckage. An ad after the film promotes a Twitter campaign offering fans the chance to decide her fate with the hashtags "#AprilLives" or "#AprilDies", with the results revealed at the start of Sharknado 4, which first aired on Syfy on July 31, 2016.[6] Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Ryan Newman, and David Hasselhoff reprise their roles from previous films. New cast members include: Tommy Davidson as Aston Reynolds, playboy tech billionaire and Astro-X president; Cody Linley replacing Chuck Hittinger as Matt Shepard; Imani Hakim as Gabrielle, a soldier and Matt's girlfriend; Gary Busey as Wilford Wexler, April's rich father; Cheryl Tiegs as Raye Shepard, Fin's mother; Masiela Lusha as Gemini, Fin's cousin.[7]

The title and poster of the film is a homage to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.[8]

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017)[edit]

A fifth Sharknado film was confirmed in October 2016, and was released on August 6, 2017.[9] The title was going to be Sharknado 5... Earth 0,[10] but on June 1, 2017, the title was unveiled to be Sharknado 5: Global Swarming with the tagline "Make America Bait Again".[11] Ian Ziering and Tara Reid reprised their roles as Fin Shepard and April Wexler.[12] Cassie Scerbo also reprised for this installment.[13] Filming occurred in more than 5 countries, including the UK, Australia and Bulgaria.[14]

The Last Sharknado: It's About Time (2018)[edit]

The Last Sharknado: It's About Time is set to be released on August 19, 2018.[1] Tara Reid, Ian Ziering and Cassie Scerbo are set to return, and the film will feature time travel, Nazis, dinosaurs, knights, and Noah's ark.[15] On March 28, 2018, Syfy confirmed the film will be the final installment of the series.[16] On May 25, the film's title was revealed by a released teaser trailer.[17] A new 30 second trailer was released on August 2nd.

Spin-offs and other media[edit]

Sharknado: Feeding Frenzy (2015)[edit]

This is a documentary about the making of the film series.[18][19]

Sharknado: Heart of Sharkness (2015)[edit]

The mockumentary tells the story of David Moore, the filmmaker who first dreamed of “sharks in a tornado” and brought on disaster by using real sharks. It was written and directed by Jeremy Wagener, and released in October 6, 2015, on video on demand.[20]

Lavalantula (2015)[edit]

Lavalantula is a spin-off of Sharknado, about fire spitting tarantulas causing havoc over Los Angeles, starring some of the cast from Police Academy. A sequel called 2 Lava 2 Lantula premiered on Syfy on August 6, 2016.[21] It features an appearance by Ian Ziering as Fin Shepard - tying the film into the Sharknado universe.

Locations[edit]

Recurring lead characters[edit]

List indicator(s)
  • This table only includes characters which have appeared in more than one film in the series.
  • A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the film.
Characters Sharknado Sharknado 2:
The Second One
Sharknado 3:
Oh Hell No!
Sharknado:
The 4th Awakens
Sharknado 5:
Global Swarming
The Last Sharknado:
It's About Time
[1]
2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Fin Shepard Ian Ziering
April Wexler Tara Reid
Claudia Shepard Aubrey Peeples   Ryan Newman   TBA
Nova Clarke Cassie Scerbo   Cassie Scerbo   Cassandra Scerbo
Matt Shepard Chuck Hittinger   Cody Linley TBA
Martin Brody   Mark McGrath  
Gil Shepard   David Hasselhoff  

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Film Release date U.S. viewers
(millions)
18-49 rating Budget Ref(s)
Sharknado July 11, 2013 (2013-07-11) 1.37 N/A $2 million [22]
Sharknado 2: The Second One July 30, 2014 (2014-07-30) 3.87 1.6 $1.5–2 million [23][24]
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22) 2.81 0.9 $2.4 million [25]
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens July 31, 2016 (2016-07-31) 2.77 0.8 $3 million [26]
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming August 6, 2017 (2017-08-06) 1.89 0.6 $3 million [27][28]

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic
Sharknado 82% (17 reviews)[29] N/A
Sharknado 2: The Second One 61% (28 reviews)[30] 50 (17 reviews)[31]
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! 36% (33 reviews)[32] 53 (19 reviews)[33]
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens 17% (12 reviews)[34] 35 (7 reviews)[35]
Sharknado 5: Global Swarming 38% (8 reviews)[36] N/A

Other media[edit]

Sharknado: The Video Game[edit]

Sharknado: The Video Game is a 2014 endless running video game developed by Other Ocean Interactive and published by Majesco Entertainment. It was based on Sharknado 2: The Second One and was released for iOS on July 25, 2014.[37] It was deleted from the App Store in 2017.[citation needed]

How to Survive a Sharknado[edit]

How to Survive a Sharknado and Other Unnatural Disasters: Fight Back When Monsters and Mother Nature Attack is a book by Andrew Shaffer, a real-life version of the book-within-the-movie Sharknado 2: The Second One.[citation needed]

Archie vs. Sharknado[edit]

Archie vs. Sharknado is a one-shot comic book simultaneously published by Archie Comics in July 22, 2015, as a tie-in to Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!. It deals with Riverdale being hit by a storm of sharknadoes and Archie and the gang having to deal with them as it makes its way down the "Feast Coast". The one-shot was written by series director Anthony C. Ferrante, with art by longtime Archie artist Dan Parent.[38] The comic book received an average score of 7.2/10 based on 15 critical reviews according to review aggregator Comic Book Roundup.[39]

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