Bad SyFy movie lovers, rejoice. The worst movie of last year, or maybe actually the entire decade, is getting a sequel. Sorry, correction, make that a threequel. It has been announced today that Sharknado 3, a follow-up to last year’s exceptionally and horrifically bad, yet somehow extremely successful SyFy Original Movie, Sharknado, is being planned. The new movie is set to be released in 2015.
The SyFy Channel, as many people well know, is basically a goldmine for lovers of really, really awful science fiction films. Not talking just an average bad sci-fi movie, either. Some of these will actually make viewers cringe and sometimes shut off the movie halfway though just to go find something better to do. With SyFy boasting such high quality movie winners as Piranhaconda, Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep, Ghost Shark, Beasts of the Bering Sea, Big Ass Spider,and now what is shaping up to be an entire franchise of Sharknado movies, the channel seems to poke more fun at itself than it takes itself seriously anymore. Most viewers watch the films to laugh and make fun of the ridiculous plots; and massive tornadoes comprised of sharks destroying everything in front of them is most definitely a ridiculous plot, just ask anyone. Also equally ridiculous, by the way, is a plot about a massive hybrid piranha-anaconda that devours everything in its path, but that is a story for another time and place.
So if Sharknado 3 is apparently happening in 2015, the legitimate question right now might be, “Well, but wait. There has only been one Sharknado. Sharknado 3 already? Where is the second one?”
This is a valid question. Sharknado 2: The Second One, has yet to premiere, but, oh, it will. Of course it will. However, an even better question to raise about the creation and subsequent early publicity of the third film might be, “Why on earth is this being made into a trilogy when SyFy does not yet know if Sharknado 2 will even be as big of a success as the first. Last summer saw an awful lot of hype about sharks, with SyFy’s “shark week” and abundant movies featured on the network about vengeful, flesh eating sharks with nothing on their minds but destroying humanity. Why, though, is SyFy making this into a trilogy so soon? Why not enjoy the success (or lack thereof, who knows?) of the second film before moving on to make this into a franchise. If it is money SyFy is after by making a franchise out of Sharknado, with Sharknado 2 likely coming out later this year, and Sharknado 3 apparently happening in 2015, it could go either way. The next two movies could be massively popular, like last summer’s original, or else they will just do all right, because the shark craze already peaked last summer, and hopefully will not make a strong comeback. SyFy can try to have some success with a Sharknado franchise, but sequels are never as good as the original. Unless the original was not even good to begin with. Come to think of it, the quality of the original Sharknado probably would not be hard to beat with the next two films.
Opinion by Laura Clark