The eye of the hurricane


In this image released by Syfy, Ian Ziering, second left, and Cassie Scerbo battle a shark in the Syfy original film "Sharknado." The network is announcing a sequel to "Sharknado," which became an instant campy classic with its recent airing. The new film premieres in 2014. (AP Photo/Syfy) Movie Stills Database


There's a storm a-brewin'

Grade: D+

B-movie curve: C

The perhaps less-than-anticipated “Sharknado 4: the 4th Awakens” is set to premiere July 31 on the Syfy channel and, although I boast about my love of quality films, I’m of-fish-ially pumped.

I’ve gained an affinity for things that are deemed “so bad they’re good.”

My most recent ventures include the early-1990’s sci-fi-heavy-on-the-fi series “Twin Peaks” and the 2003 independent film “The Room,” created by Tommy Wiseau, a self-made man with a $6 million budget who didn’t understand the difference between shooting on film and digital so he decided to shoot the entire film on both. Truly the American dream.

Don’t worry – what Wiseau lacks in knowledge of producing and directing he does not make up for in performance.

After adding these to my repertoire of cringe-worthy classics, the “Sharknado” trilogy seemed like the obvious next step.

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Sharknado 2: The Second One

When it rains, it pours

Grade: D+

B-movie curve: C

This. This is worse.

Without all the wonder of the sharknado being the first-ever storm of its kind, “Sharknado 2: The Second One” relies mainly on the witty banter between characters and the ungodly amount of underwhelming celebrity cameos.

A panic-stricken Fin Shepard and ex-wife — but not really — April, played by Tara Reid, are traveling to New York City when their plane descends into a vicious storm. It’s revealed that yet another sharknado has unleashed, this time on the east coast.

The kicker here is no one believes Fin when he says a sharknado is even possible.

And that’s fair. It is pretty obscure. I’d have a hard time believing him too unless, of course, a sharknado just happened on the west coast.

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Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!

The three-quel no one was prepared for

Grade: D-

B-movie curve: B-

Oh hell yes.

The best thing about the third movie of a series is that typical pitfalls that apply to the sequel are actually advantages in a three-quel, as long as they’re done up just right.

In this case, “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” is back and more campy than ever.

“Sharknado 3” takes everything bad about “Sharknado 2” and asks, “How could we make this any worse? I mean, it seems impossible, but there’s got to be a way.”

And they do it so irreverently that you have no choice but to love every bloody moment.

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