The Sharknado ship sails on! Cable network channel, Syfy has just premiered Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens. In this installment of the TV movie franchise, Fin (Ian Ziering) has spent five years in peace with his mother, raising his daughter he had with April (Tara Reid), following the events of Sharknado 3 wherein a “sharkicane” nearly destroys the entire East Coast. In Sharknado 4, you guessed it, another Sharknado forms yet again, shocking the world, spurring Fin to jump back into action to conquer it and bring peace to Earth once again.
Admittedly, this has nothing to do with television; but who said movie binges aren’t a thing? Also known as marathons, or at times, double features, these strange phenomena have been a mainstay in the cinema world for decades, often attracting groups of friends, intermissions, and uncomfortably full bladders.
For those unfamiliar with the Sharknado series, here’s a brief rundown of the previous three films:
After a devastating hurricane floods Los Angeles, a series of freak water spouts scoop up various species of shark and deposits them over the star-studded city, bringing fear, death, and bloodshed to all residing in the City of Angels.
Sharknado 2: The Second One
When a second, unprecedented storm forms off the coast of New York, sharks are again dragged from the water to land, this time taking over the Big Apple. Returning heroes, Fin and his wife April show up to combat a familiar foe.
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!
After Fin’s life-saving efforts of Sharknado 1 and 2 catch Washington’s eye, he is invited to D.C. to receive the Medal of Honor for thwarting the previous attacks. However, a new sharknado forms and devastates the capital. Fearing for the lives of his wife, April and their daughter, who are in Florida, Fin quickly departs for the Sunshine State to ensure their safety.
While the Sharknado franchise is by no means a critical success, it nevertheless boasts a cult following for its “so bad its good” qualities.
At four movies running around an hour and a half a piece, bingeing the Sharknado films shouldn’t take any longer than a weekend of double feature parties with the gang, or a movie a night, at four nights in a week.
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Time Commitment: 4 Movies