Sharknado: Return of the B-Movie

Sharknado_posterB-movies are back with a vengeance, thanks to social media sensation Sharknado, reports the Guardian:

Sharknado, pundemic on Twitter, has restored the B-movie back to its rightful place in American life: cult summer blockbuster and universal inside joke. To join in you don’t need a TV or even to have seen the movie. You only must appreciate absurdity (and tolerate portmanteaus).

In case the title left anything to doubt, a quick summary of the film: a tornado spews sharks into Los Angeles. One lands in Tara Reid’s pool, another bounces off a barstool. Helicopters throw bombs at the weather. A character named ‘Fin’, played by a Chippendales dancer, leaps into the open jaws of a projectile Great White and chainsaws his way out of its rubber belly, screaming. The tagline reads: “Enough said”.

SyFy only pulled 1.4 million viewers – below average for their original movies and over 6 million fewer than watched The Big Bang Theory on CBS that night, yet as Vulture put it, “Sharknado won the Internet Thursday”, with over 5,000 tweets a minute at the height of the online frenzy. It has been made into gifs‘ The B-movie production machine Asylum has their biggest hit yet. Everyone from Mashable to theWashington Post has joined the comedy online, like lists of suggested titles, such as “Velocirapture” and “Piranhacane“. Shark and chum puns and ideal endings (such a title card that reads ‘Fin’) abound. Everybody wins…

[continues in the Guardian]


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5 Comments on "Sharknado: Return of the B-Movie"

  1. I wonder if this’ll be even worse than Birdemic.

  2. I read the buzz was bigger and better than the movie. I just want it to go away.

  3. lifobryan | Jul 16, 2013 at 6:25 pm |

    Norm McLaren (classic experimental filmmaker): “When I find a film dull, I find it infinitely more entertaining to watch the scratches.”

    Too bad the era of digital projection has robbed us of even that pleasure ….

  4. InfvoCuernos | Jul 17, 2013 at 11:46 am |

    I would have thought LA would be in more danger from Sharkquake.

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