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Blog: Why I Love Sharknado (And Want it to be Real)
By Joseph Tepper, July 18, 2013 @ 08:00 AM (EST)

Forecast for today: High chance of a SHARKNADO!

The SyFy Channel’s so-bad-it-was-actually-enjoyable original film “Sharknado” made huge twitter and social media waves last week when it debuted on international television.

For those unaware of this moment in movie history, the title is pretty self-explanatory. As part of a global warning-induced hurricane wreaking havoc on Los Angeles, a water tornado whips up thousands of sharks sprinkling them on unsuspecting bystanders.

What follows in 90 minutes of every possible way imaginable to kill “attacking sharks” dropping literally from the sky—from pool cues to the head to jumping through the open mouth of a great white with a chainsaw. And I loved every minute of it.

Why you ask? No, I don’t like watching shark’s die for no reason. In between the gore and bad shark puns (the script’s no work of “sharkspeare”) there are some underlying environmental issues. The movie actually begins with an evil shark-finning fisherman off the coast who is the first to be gruesomely consumed by the sharknado. Turns out the whole thing is the cause of global warming and overfishing—the usual suspects.

Talk about a Quentin Tarantino-style revenge flick for sharks—finally our shark friends are standing up against finning, overfishing and global warming. And as gruesome as the portray of sharks may be, it’s really not that far off the level of what passes for shark “documentaries” nowadays. 


In fact, the film is so outlandish in the behavior of sharks that it does as much to serve as a farce, mocking the countless over-exaggerated reenactments of shark “attacks” on cable TV. 

Oh, and for the reason why I want it to be real. I can’t help it—I’m an underwater photographer living in NYC. Give me flooded streets with shark and my big dome port: I can already see the split shot in my head.


In case you missed it, Sharknado will be re-aired tonight, July 18, at 7PM EST on the SyFy Channel. And this just in: Sharknado 2 confirmed to be set in NYC. Maybe my wish will come true...

 

 

 

 

 

 

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