Big Screen Sharknado

Sharknado,” the SyFy channel B-movie-turned-social-media-sensation, is coming to a big screen near you. On Aug. 2, theaters in Huntsville and Birmingham will host midnight screenings of the film in which sharks are sucked into the sky by water spouts and rain down on unsuspecting victims.

“Sharknado,” produced by The Asylum, is being brought to more than 200 movie theaters nationwide by NCM Fathom Events. Showings will be at 12:05 a.m. at the Hollywood 18 in Huntsville and the Trussville 16 near Birmingham. Other showings will be in Nashville, Chattanooga and Atlanta.

Tickets for “Sharknado” are available at participating theater box offices and online at, where you can also find a list of theater locations and prices.

“‘Sharknado’ was an instant hit with fans – and celebrities – from the moment they first saw it, creating a social media phenomenon on July 11 with nearly 400,000 social mentions,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president for NCM Fathom Events. “Imagine sharks invading from the skies on 40-foot screens in movie theaters nationwide. Next week’s special midnight showing is a first for Fathom and will answer the age-old question: Who knew sharks could fly?”

The TV movie was so successful after its July 11 premiere, during which is generated nearly 5,000 tweets per minute, a sequel was immediately put into production and is set to appear on SyFy in July 2014. It also led to columns like this one.
“(Sharknado) is an hour-and-a-half of ridiculous, slapstick, theatrical, scientifically-impossible fun.”

The promotional description of “Sharknado” states it “is the story of beachside bar regulars including owner Fin (Ian Ziering of ‘Beverly Hills 90210’), bartender Nova (Casie Scerbo of ‘Make It Or Break It’) and local drunk George (John Heard of ‘Home Alone’) as they team up with Fin’s ex-wife April (Tara Reid of ‘Scrubs’) to investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the skies.”

Entertainment Weekly described the film as “… an hour-and-a-half of ridiculous, slapstick, theatrical, scientifically-impossible fun” and New York Daily News said “‘Sharknado’ is bad to the bone. It’s absurd. It’s ridiculous. If you’re a fan of low-budget horror movies and you miss it, you will regret it for the rest of your life.”