Last year something incredible happened. Syfy released a small little film that took the world by storm. That film was Sharknado, which was directed by Geek's own A.C. Ferrante.
Part of the now long line of over the top mash up movies (which became popular after movies like Snakes on a Plane and Sharktopus came out), Sharknado really took the Internet by storm. It started slowly, and its original release on the Syfy channel came and went. But due to the explosion of interest on Twitter, the movie was shown again and again, making it the most watched repeat in the channel’s history. With its tongue in cheek tone and the desire by film fans to see sharks flying out at people, the film became a popcorn classic. The film was embraced by fandoms throughout the world, with merchandise a plenty released in the films honour.
So it is no real surprise that a sequel was planned, once again with director Ferrante at the helm. Now, with the film soon to air on the Syfy channel we have our first glimpse of what the sequel has to offer with a very brief teaser trailer. Before that it may be worth refreshing our memories on what the new film is all about.
A freak weather system turns its deadly fury on New York City, unleashing a Sharknado on the population and its most cherished, iconic sites – and only Fin and April can save the Big Apple.
It is an unwritten rule that these mash up style movies have to have some star names attached, and Sharknado 2 is no exception. As well as returning cast members Ian Ziering (Fin Shepard) and Tara Reid (April Wexler), we also have new members Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill) as Skye, Mark McGrath (lead singer of the band Sugar Ray) as a relation of Fins, Andy Dick (Road Trip) as a police officer, Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) as Brian and Kelly Osbourne (The Osbournes) as a flight attendant. A pretty impressive collection of well known and once well known stars. The few photos that have been released so far show us very little of these new stars involvement, comprising mostly of reaction shots. The poster is a rehash of the original movies artwork, transferred into a New York setting.
At least the trailer gives us a small amount of shark action.
It looks like business as usual, with New York City getting flooded out, while sharks are flung at the citizens. Keen eyed wrestling fans will have spotted popular wrestler Kurt Angle in one of the crowd shots, while Evil Dead fans will have noticed that the shot of Fin standing on top of the car, chainsaw in hand, has a very Ash Williams feel about it. Fans of the first film will no doubt know what to expect from the sequel, but casual viewers who somehow managed to avoid the first film on its release can watch this when it comes on the Syfy channel on July 30th, and see for yourself what all the shark related fuss is about.
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