When I heard this movie existed, I just had to see it, the premise itself is just nuts
Starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassandra Scerbo, written by Thunder Levin and Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.
When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature’s deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace.
Ian Zeiring plays Fin Shephard the man who puts himself forward to save the day.
The film is full of silly references to Jaws and other movies, it’s full of silly situations and humour. The special effects for a SyFy movie are what you would pretty much expect, but reasonable enough. Overall it doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is a good thing, if it had it probably wouldn’t be as fun as this, and it probably would have been a flop.
No one could have expected the success of such a silly concept, however it’s become a cult piece of pop culture. Famous people went crazy for it and soon loads would sign up to make cameos, and each sequel would have more and more cameos, not only that but each sequel would become bigger and sillier, and yet not lose any of it’s followers, just gain more. My overall opinion is that it is highly silly, and even if the first film may have it’s flaws, it’s bags of fun and really has to be seen to be believed. 4 out of 5.
SHARKNADO 2 THE SECOND ONE (2014)
Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return from the first film, and guest stars just begin to roll in, the film also stars; Vivica A Fox, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Judd Hirsch, Kurt Angle, Billy Ray Cyrus, Pepa, Andy Dick, Robert Hays, Richard Kind, Kelly Osbourne, Kelly Ripa, Al Roker, Wil Wheaton, among many, many more. The sequel was again written by Thunder Levin and directed by Anthony C. Ferrante.
In this film, the effects are bigger and better, stakes are higher, and the situations just get sillier.
Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and April Wexler (Tara Reid) are on a plane headed for New York City for a signing of April’s book, “How To Survive A Sharknado”. The flight attendant (Kelly Osbourne) is a fan and asks for an autograph. She calls Fin a hero, but the events of the last “sharknado” in L.A. have left him rather traumatized and shaken. In a segment reminiscent of a Twilight Zone episode, Fin looks outside his window notices thunderclaps and strange things flying in the sky. He sees a shark hit the wing of the plane, and he starts to panic. The flight attendant and air marshal calm him down, but suddenly, a whole bunch of sharks start flying everywhere, and one gets sucked into the plane’s turbines. The engine breaks off and opens a big hole in the plane, sucking people out and letting some sharks in. Both pilots (Robert Hays and Rachel True) are eaten, forcing Fin to walk into the cockpit and take control of the plane. April almost gets sucked out, but she hangs on for dear life. The air marshal passes her his gun. She shoots a scarred shark, which bites off her left hand. Fin manages to land the plane very roughly.
These a just the opening moments of the film, that starts the whole thing.
I’ve never had so much fun, this is truly far superior to the first film, and no wonder they went on to make another 4, that and people just can’t seem to get enough, just wanting more and more of these silly films.
My overall rating for this film is again 4 out of 5.
SHARKNADO 3 OH HELL NO! (2015)
The success of the second one, just made more and more stars want to appear. Ian Ziering and Tara Reid once again return, and so does Cassandra Scerbo, who hadn’t been in the second film, but had starred in the first film. The guest stars are as follows; Frankie Muniz, Ryan Newman, David Hasselhoff, Mark Cuban, Bo Derek, Ne-Yo, Chris Jericho, Mark McGrath, Christopher Judge, Loe Ferrigno, Lorenzo Lamas, Kim Richards, Benjy Bronk, Jackie Collins, Robert Klein, Tim Russ, Jerry Springer, Ray J, Penn & Teller, Kendra Wilkinson, Holly Madison, George R.R. Martin, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, JedWard, and many, many more.
The film is written and directed by the same duo.
When Fin and April go to Florida for summer vacation, strong winds and lots of rain comes to Florida and a Sharknado comes and destroys Florida. The Sharknado goes to Washington D.C. and sharks start falling from the sky. It’s up to Fin and April to stop the Sharknado for a third time.
Yes those Sharknado’s just keep following them around, which is great for us viewers, as it means, bigger and even more silly antics with sharks in tornadoes killing everyone, this time completely destroying Universal resort, and eating their way through even more stars, including Jerry Springer.
Over all it is just as fun as the previous two outings, and has the Hoff joining the main cast as Finn’s father. 4 out of 5.
SHARKNADO 4: THE 4TH AWAKENS (2016)
Sharknado 4 was actually the 2nd Sharknado film I watched, it’s a big and very silly over the top film, even more so than the previous 3. In this one we have different types of sharknados, and even a Chippendale fighting off sharks with his crotch, which did make me chuckle.
Again Ian Ziering and Tara Reid return, but like the second film, Cassandra Scerbo is absent from this entry, however David Hasselhoff returns as Finns father, like in the previous film, also Gary Busey joins the cast as April’s father. Like the second and third films, there’s a massive number of cameos, which are; Masiela Lusha, Cody Linley, Ryan Whitney Newman, Imani Hakim, Tommy Davidson, Cheryl Tiegs, Susan Anton, David Faustino, Erika Jayne, Gilbert Gottfried, Steve Guttenburg, Hayley Hasselhoff, Taylor-Ann Hasselhoff, Lloyd Kaufman, Al Roker, Paul Shaffer, the Chippendales, and many others, most I’ll be honest, being British, I haven’t even heard of. Again Thunder Levin wrote the script, and directed as Anthony C. Ferrante.
This entry features Fin, his family and the cosmos having been blissfully sharknado-free in the five years since the most recent attack, but now sharks and tornadoes are being whipped up in unexpected ways and places. To up the stakes, this time there’s different types of Sharknados; sandstorm sharknados with sand and sharks, hailnados with giant hail and sharks, lavanados with lava sharks, icenados with ice sharks, lightningnados with sharks covered in electricity, cownados with cows and obviously sharks, and nukenados with radioactive sharks.
The film parodies many different franchises, the most obvious being Star Wars, not just mimicking the title, Star Wars The Force Awakens (Sharknado The 4th Awakens), but April being more cyborg than human at this point, even has a lightsaber looking attachment on her hand.
It’s maybe a little too silly this outing, but it’s still heaps of fun. I rate it 4 out of 5.
SHARKNADO 5 GLOBAL SWARMING (2017)
After the last Sharknado, how do you up the stakes, simple, have the sharknados go global of course, destroying landmarks all over the planet. after all why should America get all the fun LOL!
The original three cast members return yet again, Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, and Cassandra Scerbo. This globe trotting adventure, battling Sharknado’s across the globe, is a great edition for us Brits, as finally there are British cameos that we are going to get, plus the film also ropes in its biggest two stars yet, Olivia Newton John and Dolph Lundgren. The cameos in this film are; Chris Kattan, Samantha Fox, Kate Garraway (UK TV presenter), Louie Spence, Katie Price, Lucy Pinder, Nichelle Nichols, Tony Hawk, Bai Ling, Al Roker, Gilbert Gottfried Dan Fogler, Fabio, and many, many more.
It’s a much better crafted film than 4, perhaps still utterly silly, but that’s what makes them so popular. As shark-infested storms grow stronger and more complex, the world braces for the inevitable – a global sharknado. This year, the mission gets personal for chainsaw-wielding leader Fin Shepard and his bionic wife, April, when their young son gets trapped in a sharknado and is transported all over the world.
The end of the film leaves it open for the 6th film, as everyone is dead, the world is in ruins and Finn is the only survivor, then from the future a now adult Gil appears (Dolph Lundgren), and they travel through time to save the world back to the future style, even using the same to be continued text to parody back to the future even more. Fun all round 4 out of 5.
THE LAST SHARKNADO: IT’S ABOUT TIME (2018)
The idea of this one is great, even though silly, its just a shame it’s perhaps a little too silly, as Finn travels through time to beat the first ever Sharknado, to save the future.
Returning is Ian Zeiring Tara Reid, and Cassandra Scerbo, with Vivicia A Fox returning to the franchise for the first time since Sharknado 2. The cameo’s of this film are not as grand as the previous sequels, and the bulk of the cameo’s all appear in the same scene. Cameos are; Marina Sirtis, Debra Wilson, Alaska Thunderfuck, Leslie Jordan, Chris Owen, Tori Spelling, Gilbert Gottfried, James Hong, Bo Derek, Al Roker, Gary Busey (returning as April’s father), John Heard (using archive footage making the late great John Heard, appear to be in the film, first appearance since the first film), and others. Written and directed by the same two guys.
So what you get in this one, is sharknados in prehistoric times, fighting a T-Rex, Sharknados in the wild west, fire breathing sharknados in the land of King Arthur, Merlin etc, and a future world with robot shark filled sharknados in a world where everyone is April, yes a pun to planet of the apes, planet of the Aprils.
It’s not the best of the films, probably on par with 4, but its a fun and wacky conclusion, to a series that has been exactly that. 4 out of 5.
THE FUTURE FOR THE SHARKNADO FRANCHISE IS UNKNOWN FOR NOW, BUT NO DOUBT THERE WILL BE A 7TH FILM IN THE FUTURE, BUT IF YOU ARE CRAVING MORE SHARKNADO’S THEN A YEAR AFTER THE LAST SHARKNADO FILM, ASYLUM PLACED A SHARKNADO INTO ANOTHER FILM, THE FINAL LEVEL: ESCAPING RANCALA, ASYLUM’S RIP OFF MOVIE OF JUMANJI THE NEXT LEVEL. IN THE FINAL LEVEL ESCAPING RANCALA, THE MAIN CHARACTERS FIND THEMSELVES IN A VIDEO GAME AND ONE OF THE BOSSES, IS A SHARKNADO. I WILL EVENTUALLY WATCH THIS MOVIE, AND REVIEW IT IN THE FUTURE. IMAGE OF THE FINAL LEVEL ESCAPING RANCALA (2019) BELOW;