Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

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Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
Sharks are flying through the air, caught in a tornado. In the background is the White House.
Release poster
Written byThunder Levin
Directed byAnthony C. Ferrante
Theme music composer
  • Christopher Cano
  • Chris Ridenhour
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
ProducerDavid Michael Latt
  • Ben Demaree
  • Laura Beth Love
  • Scott Wheeler
EditorChristopher Roth
Running time90 minutes
Production companies
BudgetUS$ 2.4 million
Original networkSyfy
Original release
  • July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22)
Preceded bySharknado 2: The Second One
Followed bySharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016)
RelatedLavalantula (2015)

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! is a 2015 American made-for-television science fiction action comedy disaster film and the third installment in the Sharknado film series, following Sharknado and Sharknado 2: The Second One. The film was directed by Anthony C. Ferrante with Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, and Mark McGrath reprising their roles from the previous installments. Also joining the cast are David Hasselhoff, Bo Derek, Ryan Newman (replacing Aubrey Peeples in the role of Claudia Shepard, from the first film), and Jack Griffo.

Irish music duo Jedward wrote and performed the film's official theme song "Oh Hell No", and also had a brief cameo in the film. In the film, Fin Shepard and his allies attempt to stop a group of sharknadoes that emerge along the East Coast of the United States, from Washington, D.C., to Florida.

The film premiered on Syfy in the United States on July 22, 2015.[1]


In Washington, D.C., Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) attends an awards ceremony at the White House, where he is given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President for his heroic actions during the 2013 and 2014 sharknadoes. When a tropical depression approaches D.C, a sharknado forms and attacks and destroys the nation's capital, killing the Mayor of New York City, White House Chief of Staff, and multiple Secret Service agents. Fin and the President work together to defeat the sharks, and the sharknado eventually evaporates into thin air, rather than having been taken down by force like before.

Worried that his pregnant wife April (Tara Reid), who is attending Universal Orlando with their daughter Claudia (Ryan Newman) and her mother May (Bo Derek), is in danger, Fin drives down the East Coast in order to reach Florida. En route, Fin encounters a "fognado", which is destroyed by his former employee Nova Clarke and her partner Lucas Stevens. Nova reveals that she and Lucas have been tracking sharknado activity ever since the events in 2013. Using a mobilized RV equipped with sharknado-destroying weapons, the two have been traveling the country destroying sharknadoes and saving lives.

Nova and Lucas realize that the numerous storms will soon combine into a massive sharknado wall that will destroy the entire East Coast. The trio drive down to the Charleston Air Force Base, where they acquire a fighter jet they'll use to get to Orlando. However, Lucas sacrifices himself in order to destroy an approaching sharknado. Nova and Fin destroy a sharknado approaching the Daytona International Speedway, causing their jet to crash land in the resort at Universal. There, a sharknado kills Claudia's friend Jess while Claudia and Billy, a random stranger Claudia befriended, escape and reunite with Claudia's family.

Fin, April, Nova, Claudia, Billy and May take shelter in the Universal Studios Globe at the entrance of the resort, which is carried away by a sharknado, injuring May. While she is taken to the hospital, the rest of the group escape Universal and seek the help of Fin's estranged father, former NASA colonel Gil Shepard. Fin approaches him at a diner and convinces him to help him with a risky plan to destroy the storm from space. The group reaches a NASA facility outside Cape Canaveral, where they plan to dissipate the storm by using a top-secret Space Shuttle to blow up large tanks of rocket fuel inside it.

Nova accidentally leaks to April that Fin is heading to space in the shuttle, causing her to confront him as he is getting ready to go on the flight. The sharknado wall hits the NASA facility just as takeoff is about to begin, killing Billy while he is fending off sharks with Claudia. Too late for April to return to the command center, she joins Fin and Colonel Shepard in their journey to space. Nova uses a fighter jet to create a hole in the sharknado wall, allowing the trio a clear entrance to the atmosphere. They launch into space where they detonate the external tank, but it fails to stop the wall of sharknadoes.

Colonel Shepard deploys "Plan B", activating a Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initiative satellite laser weapon, stranding himself in space since there is not enough fuel to propel all of them back to Earth. This time, the sharknadoes are destroyed, but the beam causes the sharks to propel into space, attacking the shuttle. Fin attempts to fight them off using an energy-beam chainsaw, but he and April are swallowed by two different sharks, which fall back down to earth. Fin and April emerge from the sharks unharmed, during which Fin discovers that April had given birth during the descent; Fin decides to name his son Gil.

As April recovers Fin's United States Astronaut Badge, a piece of the shuttle debris falls back down to Earth, seemingly crushing her to death.


Principal cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]



Sharknado 3 was filmed on location at Universal Orlando, São Paulo Brazil, Northern New Jersey, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.

The role of the President was written with former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin in mind, but she declined. The part was then offered to businessman Donald Trump, but took time to decide since he was preparing a real presidential campaign. After production went ahead and cast Mark Cuban in the role, Trump responded angrily and threatened to sue to film.[16]


Critical reception[edit]

Rotten Tomatoes reports a 36% score with an average rating of 3.9/10, based on reviews from 33 critics. The consensus reads: "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! bites off more than it can chew, leaving viewers with an overlong mess that isn't even bad enough to be good."[17] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 53 out of a 100 based on reviews from 19 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[18]

Brian Lowry of Variety said the self-reference gag was beginning to yield diminishing returns. He further added that the question is whether the parent company's insatiable appetite to cash in would hasten the feeding frenzy.[19] Don Kaplan of The New York Daily News said the movie left a fishy taste behind.[20] Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said Sharknado 3's absurdities was turned to funny levels. He also said it was shameless in certain ways, with one being product placement.[21] Matt Fowler from IGN said the film is surprisingly awful.[22]

Tie-in merchandise[edit]

A tie-in one shot comic, Archie vs. Sharknado, was released on July 22, 2015, by Archie Comics. Written by Ferrante and illustrated by Dan Parent, it depicts a Sharknado striking Riverdale.[23]


Sharknado 4 was confirmed to follow upon Sharknado 3's premiere.[24] The film concludes with a cliffhanger leaving open the question as to whether April is killed by falling wreckage. An ad campaign that commenced after the film promoted a Twitter campaign offering fans the chance to decide her fate with the hashtags "#AprilLives" or "#AprilDies", with the results to be revealed in Sharknado 4.[25] The fourth installment aired on July 31, 2016.


A promotional trailer reveals that Ziering also makes an appearance as Fin Shepard in Lavalantula, which debuted on July 25, 2015, the Saturday after Sharknado 3's Wednesday premiere.[26] This indicates that it takes place in a shared universe. As he says he has "shark problems right now", this may indicate that the events of Lavalantula take place just before or concurrent with Sharknado 3. Steve Guttenberg, the star of Lavalantula, appears in Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, reprising the role of Colton West in cameo; Michael Winslow also appears in both films, but as different characters.


  1. ^ Character name from the movie Animal House, in which "Babs Jansen" ultimately becomes a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood.
  2. ^ The scenes concerning Jared Fogle were cut from the SyFy broadcast following his legal issues prior to the film's premiere.
  3. ^ George Diller is the real-life public affairs announcer at NASA.[4]
  4. ^ Bill Davis is the real-life president of Universal Orlando. He has a cameo as a greeter at the ticket gate.[5]
  5. ^ a b Heidi Decker and Frank Kramer of The Heidi & Frank Show radio show on Dish Nation had cameos as radio hosts.[6]
  6. ^ Juliana Ferrante is director Anthony C. Ferrante's daughter.[7]
  7. ^ Petunia is a stuffed animal possum who has regular cameo appearances in the Sharknado series.[8]


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  16. ^ Abramovitch, Seth. "How 'Sharknado' Casts Its C-Listers and Nearly Landed Trump as President". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
  17. ^ "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  18. ^ "Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!". Metacritic. Retrieved July 22, 2020.
  19. ^ Lowry, Brian (July 20, 2015). "TV Review: 'Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!'". Variety. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  20. ^ Kaplan, Don (July 14, 2015). "'Sharknado 3' review: Campy sequel with Ian Ziering is not jawsomely funny anymore". New York Daily News. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  21. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (July 19, 2015). "Review: 'Sharknado 3,' on Syfy, Endangers the East Coast". The New York Times. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
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