You can’t be that surprised to learn they’re making a fourth installation of the Sharknado series. Yes, it’s true and slated to be called Sharknado: The 4th Awakens, which you know will have a long shelf life because it’s riding the pop culture coattails of a movie that’s on its way out of theaters. At least the third one had sassy intrigue with its title (Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!) and the sequel was so self-aware that it radiated confidence (Sharknado 2: The Second One).
Three B-movies about a weather force of hungry sharks falling from the sky apparently wasn’t enough, but what could this one possibly add to the story besides more cameos? Nobody’s worried about this movie jumping the shark though (sigh), as the new Sharknado movie will have the same director as the other three (Anthony C. Ferrante), so hooray for consistency, and another script from a dude whose first name is Thunder (Levin).
I get it though. This thing is an insane phenomenon. Sharknado blows up my social media feeds every time one of them premieres. Everyone knows what they’re getting into, viewers and creators alike. It’s a purposefully over-the-top monster-disaster flick that doesn’t parody movies as much as an entire genre, nailing a niche taste of former stars going berserk on sharks, an animal that has become more beloved over the years, thanks to Shark Week.
The sharks, along with Ian Ziering, David Hasselhoff, Gary Busey, and Tara Reid (who might not make it to a fifth Sharknado flick, as her character’s fate is being left to the voter hashtags of #AprilLives and #AprilDies) will be waiting for you and your drunk friends at your viewing party come Sunday, July 31st, on Syfy.