Summer sneak preview: Sharknado II

sharknado 2Sharknado was a huge hit and took Twitter by storm last July when it premiered on Sy Fy.

They received 1.4 million viewers when it debuted and a follow-up showing eclipsed that with 2.1 million viewers. It was trending for hours and it was such a hit that Sy Fy is coming out with Sharknado II this summer. It was announced just days after it premiered last year and it dominated social networks.

sharknado 2 aFor those unfamiliar with Sy Fy, they make made-for-TV movies for a relatively low cost (think a million dollars or so) and play them over and over, getting the maximum amount of exposure on their cheap investment.

Sharknado was a cheesey movie and a pretty simple premise, a hurricane full of sharks descend upon Los Angeles and people are scrambling to not get eaten. It’s goofy, attempted to be funny, and is campy as hecky, kind of like the movies in the early 1980’s…..kind of like Sleepaway Camp.

Sharknado was a roaring success (for Sy Fy standards) and the sequel is set to come out on Thursday, July 31st. Expectations are high, but sequels rarely eclipse the original. But, as stated earlier, the investment is paltry and a drop in the bucket for the producers and the network.

Ian Ziering (best known for Beverly Hills 90210 and the 1998 version of Godzilla) plays Fin Shepherd and he’s in New York this time. Tara Reid returns as April Wexler and the duo are trying to save the Big Apple from catastrophe.

Mark McGrath, Vivica Fox, Andy Dick, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kelly Osbourne, Judd Hirsch also are featured in the movie as well. For those familiar with the hip hop scene, Salt-N-Pepa’s Pepa (Sandra Denton) makes a cameo as well.sharknado 2 b

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  1. I saw Sharknado when it was streamable on Netflix. I didn’t expect it to be as good as it was. Let’s face it, a rainstorm of sharks is pretty far out there, but with a little suspension of disbelief, it worked. Will I watch Sharknado II if it’s strreamable on Netfilx? You bet.

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