The Last Sharknado: It's About Time

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17 August 2018

SYFY, Aug. 18, 8/7c

By Jeff Pfeiffer

In July 2013, Syfy’s first Sharknado film debuted with little advance marketing and caught viewers as unprepared as if they were caught in a sudden summer downpour. With its wild premise and title, the film became a perfect pop-culture storm and launched a summer movie franchise for Syfy. That franchise has spawned five films so far, and the sixth and final installment — called The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time — debuts Sunday.

What specifically about Sharknado made it explode? Even director Anthony C. Ferrante, who has helmed all six movies, is unable to put his finger on one definitive reason, but he does have some theories.

“There’s a bunch of factors that all kind of coalesce,” Ferrante told us. “The title — for whatever reason … something about ‘shark’ and ‘tornado’ just was like, ‘OK, I’m curious about it.’”

Sharknado continued upping the ante on wild plot scenarios with each film. The series has been to space and even featured Tara Reid’s character April, giving birth inside a shark as the creature re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. At the end of last year’s fifth entry, Global Swarming, Earth had been destroyed.

Where can the story go from there in the final film? Its clever subtitle It’s About Time says it all — not only is it a tongue-in-cheek reference to those who may be glad the series is over, but it also references the fact that returning hero Fin (Ian Ziering) will be traveling back in time to battle Sharknadoes that ultimately led to the planet’s demise.

“It was kind of almost a reset to the first movie,” Ferrante said about having Fin encounter new people in different time periods ranging from prehistory to the Old West. “Back to making [Fin] an everyman, yet he still does crazy stuff.”

Ziering and Reid have headlined the franchise from the start, but the films have also become known for their celebrity cameos. The Last Sharknado is no exception; at presstime, its announced cameos included Tori Spelling, Dean McDermott, La Toya Jackson, Dee Snider, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Alaska (RuPaul’s Drag Race) and Darrell Hammond. Ferrante also confirmed that previous cameo stars Judah Friedlander and Vivica A. Fox are back.

“In terms of the story that we started with Sharknado 1, there is a definite end in Sharknado 6,” said Ferrante. “It wraps everything up — as much as a Sharknado movie can wrap everything up.”
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