Exclusive: The Origins of Anthony C. Ferrante’s Sharknado Discovered in a Previous Syfy Film

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Exclusive: The Origins of Anthony C. Ferrante's Sharknado Discovered in a Previous Syfy FilmWe know our stuff when it comes to horror movies. From the indie bizarre to the Hollywood blockbuster, we’ve got this stuff covered. We are also ridiculously happy about all the mainstream media coverage of Sharknado. But did you know this is not the first on-screen Sharknado sighting?

There’s no doubt the title alone of Anthony C. Ferrante’s Sharknado just begs to be remembered. How could you not, right? Since we saw the movie weeks ago, the title has been nagging at us. We knew we’d heard that moniker before. Turns out we were exactly right.

In 2012 the Syfy channel aired the After Dark Original film Leprechaun’s Revenge, also known as Red Clover, which was directed by Dread Central favorite Drew Daywalt and written by Sharknado director Ferrante, there was a line that literally announces the coming of Sharknado. It takes place in a scene about thirty-five minutes in between Deputy Peterson (Azure Parsons) and news reporter Karl Morris (Karl Herlinger). Now via the power of my trusty iPhone camera, we have it for you! Check out the scene which started the entire media phenomenon the world is now entranced by – right here, right now!

We’re gonna reach out to Daywalt and Ferrante for comment. This cannot be a coincidence, can it? Stay tuned.

Read our Sharknado review here and a Q&A with star Tara Reid and director Anthony Ferrante here.

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  • Jsin

    Just watched this again last night. I missed the line the first time but when the woman was telling her shark attack story as a child she says: “Six people went into the water that day but only one little girl came out.” Isn’t there a similar line that Quint from Jaws says when they are all drinking on the boat comparing scars?
    Either way I loved it and when I watched it last night with my wife I thought she would piss herself laughing so hard.

    • bdtrooper

      That scene was definately a takeoff/homage to “the Indianapolis Story” scene from Jaws. There was also the “We’re going to need a bigger helicopter.” Of course, if you make a movie about tornadoes full of sharks, you’d have to reference the greatest shark movie of all time in one way or another, and they did a good job in that respect.