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Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)Starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Vivica A.

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Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)Starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Mark McGrath, Kari Wuhrer, Vivica A. Fox, Tiffany Shepis, Judah Friedlander, Judd Hirsch, and more C/D list celebrities than the last several seasons of “Dancing with the Stars” combined

Directed by Anthony C. Ferrante

Syfy Premiere Date: July 70, 2014


Sharknado 2 is less an actual motion picture and more like the first-ever feature length meme. I felt like I was watching a sequel to social media’s reaction to Sharknado more so the film itself.

A 90-minute running gag that repeatedly cycles through the gambit of hysterical to groan-inducing to morbidly fascinating in a how-far-can-they-possibly-stretch-this-out sort of way. Might as well change the name of the already in the works third installment to Sharkquake because with The Second One they’ve pretty much run the Sharknado premise into the ground.

I’ve taken plenty of guff from those that could not believe I (or anyone for that matter) gave Sharknado a rave review, heralded it a modern day cult classic, proclaimed it the most fun I had watching any movie last summer, and even went so far as to put it on my year-end best list. I continue to make no apologies for having fun watching such a uniquely stupid film.

How others reacted to how Sharknado unexpectedly popped the culture proved equally enjoyable. There were those that watched it and had a blast. Those that watched it and thought the title was the only good part. Most intriguing, however, were those that refused to watch it and because their Twitter feed was filled with Sharknado jokes for a few days continue to act as if the very existence of the film is their own personal 9/14. I admit even I got turned off by the endless jokes and ensuing promotional overhype in the wake of its premiere; honestly, how often does something this unlikely become a bona fide pop culture phenomenon? In this age of manufactured hype, even with more than a tinge of irony attached, the night Sharknado took social media by storm was practically a grassroots affair.

The #1 argument I always see waged against Sharknado tends to be that intentionally bad movies are no fun compared to movies that set out to be good only to end up cinematic fiascos. There is definitely truth to that sentiment. Then again, I don’t know about you, but I’d rather watch Attack of the Killer Tomatoes or just about any given Troma flick over most of the joyless movie misfires that had loftier ambitions. Also something of a disingenuous argument considering the same people that tout this advocate for an awful lot of “good” movies that are really purposefully bad film that successfully fool viewers because their bigger budget allows for a shinier coat of paint.

Now with that said, I’ll be the first to admit all the knocks against part one are pretty on-point with part two. The hype is now totally by design, the intentional stupidity feels forced too much of the time, everyone seems too keenly aware they’re in on the joke now, the punchlines are not nearly punchy enough given how much more firmly the tongue had been planted in cheek, and as is usually the case, neither jokes nor movie premises tend to be as fresh the second go-round. What started out as junk food cinema has now become deep fried butter-on-a-stick. Those that had fun with part one will again find stuff to laugh at/with. Those that hated the first will most likely be moved to vomit blood visualizing their even greater disdain for the second. Sharknado 2: The Second One is like Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time for the mash-up generation.

Part two opens and closes in spectacular fashion, but nearly everything that occurs between the preposterous pre-credits airplane sequence (complete with a Robert Hays cameo as the pilot and a nod to a certain famous “Twilight Zone” episode) and its even more unhinged Empire State Building climax could be edited and reassembled in just about any order without making much of a difference. I’d argue its predecessor had some semblance of narrative and method to its madness. This, on the other hand, is a series of trading cards come to life sketches set in random NYC locations involving sharks that often just materialize out of thin air (expect way more “shark” than “nado”) with minor celebrities you may recognize appearing just long enough for you to possibly recognize them. ‘Nuff said.

Valiantly playing every bit of this idiocy with a straight face is Ian Ziering, back again as surfer turned chainsaw-wielding meteorological Carcharodon slayer, Fin. He has to contend not just with flying denizens of the deep; he’s also emotionally traumatized by the newfound hero status he earned saving Los Angeles from the windy jaws of death a year earlier.

Tara Reid is also back as his less-estranged-than-before ex-wife, April, now the author of a book entitled How to Survive a Sharknado. Expect one million Tara Reid/illiteracy jokes to light up Twitter during the opening minutes.

They’re headed to New York City to promote her book on “Live with Kelly & Michael” and meet up with Fin’s sister (Kari Wuhrer, the co-star of Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time – it must be awesome being her agent), her dopey husband (Sugar Ray frontman turned TV host Mark McGrath), and his old high school girlfriend who still has the hots for him (Vivica A. Fox, why not?). They get separated into three groups when the skies above Manhattan begin raining sharks (also snowing since the movie was shot in February despite being set during hurricane season) and have to find their way back to one another for the final battle with nature’s goofiest fury.

Along the way they cross paths with a slew of (mostly semi-)famous people. Some play themselves on TV reacting to the Sharknado threat (Matt Lauer and Al Roker, Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan). A few get to be actual characters (Judd Hirsch as a helpful taxi driver). Many turn up just long enough to get chomped (too numerous to list). Others appear because – just because (even more numerous to list). The celebrity cameos in Sharknado 2 are more gratuitous than product placement in a Michael Bay movie.

A good number of these cameos felt like real missed opportunities. You don’t put Andy Dick in a movie like this and then let him live. Why even cast Kurt Angle if you’re not going to have him suplex a shark? However, if you’ve ever wanted to see Perez Hilton eviscerated, Wil Wheaton get eaten, or Kelly Osbourne’s head bitten off like her famous father used to do bats on stage, then you’re in for a real treat.

Sharknado 2: The Second One a bit more guilty than pleasure this time. Though what it lacks in lucidity it frequently makes up for with audacity. When sharknamis flood subways, the Statue of Liberty’s (hilariously out of scale) severed head becomes the boulder from Raiders of the Lost Ark, and surviving shark-infested waters hinges one’s ability to literally jump the shark, it’s hard not to wonder if director Anthony C. Ferrante and writer Thunder Levin sat around seriously contemplating what demented visions Roland Emmerich hallucinates whenever he gets stoned on his yacht while watching Animal Planet.

7 out of 5

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Alien: Covenant’s Carmen Ejogo Joins True Detective Season 3

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“From the dusty mesa her looming shadow grows…”

The first season of HBO’s “True Detective” was one of the best seasons ever put on a TV screen. Hands down. The second season was another story altogether. While not a complete waste of time (Colin Farrell owed) the season was basically merely ‘meh’.

But what about “True Detective” season 3?

Well, a few months back it was announced that the third season had been greenlit by HBO, with creator Nic Pizzolatto returning to pen the series and director Jeremy Saulnier (Green Room) taking the helm of the episodes.

Today we have news that Carmen Ejogo – who you may recognize Ejogo from such recent fright flicks as It Comes at Night, Alien: Covenant, and The Purge: Anarchy – will be joining the previously announced Mahershala Ali (Moonlight) for Season 3.

Ejogo will play the female lead, Amelia Reardon, who THR describes as “an Arkansas schoolteacher with a connection to two missing children in 1980.”

Nice Pizzolatto will serve as showrunner and direct alongside Jeremy Saulnier. Executive producers include Pizzolatto, Saulnier, Scott Stephens and season one stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey as well as original director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Steve Golin, Bard Dorros and Richard Brown are also credited as exec producers.

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A macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods.

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Danielle Harris Tried to Get Jamie Lloyd into New Halloween Movie

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One of the top films all of us are looking forward to the most here at Dread Central is Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel/reboot thing to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

The new Halloween (2018) film is written by Danny McBride and David Gordon Green and is all set to be directed by Green this year. Recently we learned that original Halloween star Jamie Lee Curtis was going to be returning to the new film.

Not only that, but Curtis’ classic character Laurie Strode would have a daughter… played by Judy Greer. But what about Danielle Harris?

After all, Harris was the star of Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers and Halloween 5: The Curse of Michael Myers. Let alone, she had a starring role in both Rob Zombie’s remake and it’s sequel. So how about the new film?

Turns out Harris tried to get her character Jamie Llyod (aka the daughter of Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode) from Halloween 4 and 5 into the new film… but she was turned down by Blumhouse and the new creative team. That sucks.

Harris was pretty bummed about the whole deal and took to Facebook recently to clear the air. You can check out quotes from her video, along with the video itself, below.

After that make sure to hit us up and let us know how much you would have liked to see Harris return to Halloween in the comments below or on social media!

“What I am bummed about is… [Laurie] has a daughter,” Harris says. “I was okay with it when she had a son… but they’re saying it’s the last one and… she has a daughter. And it’s not Jamie. It’s just kind of a bummer, I guess. I think somebody had said, it wouldn’t have hurt the movie to have Jamie reunited with [Laurie]. But that didn’t happen.”

“We did put in a call, thought it’d be kinda cool even just to have a little flashback…” She continues. “They were not interested. So. I tried.”

Blumhouse’s Halloween hits theaters October 19, 2018.

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Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel

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Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.

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Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

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