Sharknado (2013)

Review by CJ


Anthony C. Ferrante

Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, John Heard, Cassie Scerbo, Jaason Simmons, Chuck Hittinger, Aubrey Peeples

Other notable appearances:
Giant, shark-filled tornadoes

Running time:
86 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Sharktopus (2010), Dinoshark (2010), Shark Night (2011)


A hurricane has driven a swarm of sharks to the beaches of Los Angeles causing trouble for the surfers, swimmers and jet ski riders of the area. The trouble really begins when waterspouts begin lifting the sharks out of the ocean and flooding the streets of Los Angeles with shark-infested waters. The story centres on Fin Shepard (Ziering) and his attempt to save his ex-wife April (Reid), son Matt (Hittinger) and daughter Claudia (Peeples). He is joined on this quest by his employee Nova (Scerbo), his Australian friend Baz (Simmons) and his restaurant’s regular customer George (Heard).

I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. However, I can recognise that it was a truly terrible movie and this is probably why I enjoyed it so much. As far as b-grade creature features go, this one is definitely one of the best [worst] I have seen.

The dialogue was horrible and the acting that delivered it was worse. Even seasoned actors Tara Reid and Ian Ziering erratically switched from stiff and wooden deliveries to zealous overacting.

The special effects were wonderfully horrible. I especially loved the water levels that fluctuated from ankle deep to swimming-shark depth and back again within seconds. The film’s climax was so ridiculous that I couldn’t help but enjoy it immensely.

Sharknado is listed on IMDb as a horror/science fiction movie, but after watching it in a cinema filled with people laughing uproariously, I strongly believe they may want to add comedy to the listing.

5 Cheese


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