It’s the storm of the century — with teeth.
“Sharknado” is a new B-movie, produced for the Syfy channel, that that pits hundreds of man-eating sharks against plastic-surgery victim Tara Reid and the rest of the silicone-flavored populace of Los Angeles.
“Usually in A shark movie, it’s ‘don’t go in the water,’ says Thomas Vitale, executive vice president for programming and original movies at Syfy. “In ‘Sharknado,’ the sharks come to you.”
It debuts July 11.
The premise is as ridiculous — and for lovers of monster movies, as awesome — as they come:
“After a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace. And when the high-speed winds form tornadoes in the desert, nature’s deadliest killer rules water, land, and air.”
The movie’s poster features a great white shark leering out of a spinning vortex of fins and teeth, with the tagline “Sharknado: Enough Said.”
Inexplicably, the tornados that suck up the sharks — and hurl them through windows and roofs and send them raining down on screaming teens — are unable to lift any other forms of sea life, leaving the hungry beasts no choice but to eat people.
The film, which also stars “Beverly Hills 90210” alum Ian Ziering, took a few weeks to film and cost around $2 million. It was among the most buzzed-about projects last month at the prestigious TV Festival de Cannes, says Vitale, who has spearheaded the channel’s decade-long push to offer low-budget monster movies on Saturday (and, this summer, Thursday) nights.
“Internally [at Syfy], we spend a lot of time joking about the movies, but when you’ve done 250 of them we really have to start playing around with these ideas,” he says.
Like many of Syfy’s films, “Sharknado” was produced for the network by The Asylum, an L.A.-based schlock factory that has created such gems as “Snakes on a Train,” “Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies,” “2-Headed Shark Attack” and “Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus.”
Apparently they really like sharks.
“These are not comedies,” Vitale notes. “They have that outlandish, campy, over-the-top tone, but the people involved are real and want to survive. If you were in a situation where all of a sudden you have sharks falling from the sky, once you got over the insanity of it, you’d try to survive.”
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