COMMENTARY | “Sharknado” as most will remember was that so bad it was great shlock movie that aired on the SyFy Channel that depicted tornados filled with man eating sharks ravaging southern California. The inevitable sequel, “Sharknado 2” draws nigh.
IO9 reports that the purveyors of this classic, along with such gems as “MegaShark vs. Giant Octopus” and “MegaShark vs. Crocosaurus” are keen to give back to the fish that has served them so well.
“Here’s the deal: the studio, appropriately called The Asylum, is crowdfunding a bonus scene. They say, ‘there will be sharks, chainsaws, and chainsaws being used in the vicinity of sharks.’ Which, ’nuff said. A portion of the funds will be donated to support shark conservation research via the RJD Marine Conservation Program at the University of Miami.”
The effort is currently ongoing at Indiegogo.
I think that the producers are on to something. Movies like “Sharknado” are horrible, over the top extravaganzas that feature bad acting, ludicrous plots, and cheesy special effects. But oine watches them precisely for those reasons. No doubt a lot of people watched the first flying shark movies. The fact that the first movie went viral on twitter is something that social scientists will no doubt study for quite some time to come. Of course one feels so dirty afterwards that there seems to not be enough showering possible to wash away the shame of it.
But now there is a socially valid reason to watch shows like “Sharknado” and “Sharknado 2.” No doubt, in the future, one of the many remakes of “Godzilla” will help to sponsor reptile research and “King Kong” will help primates in the wild.
The sequel, by the way, which will feature flying sharks and screaming people with chainsaws is due to air on July 30, 2014 at 9 p.m. eastern on the SyFy Channel and then in endless repeats.