'Best worst movie ever made' - world braces itself for Sharknado 2
'Let's chainsaw some sharks' - in a sequel to Sharknado, the must-see movie of 2013, it is the turn of New Yorkers to get eaten in the first showing of Sharknado 2 on Wednesday night
Published 30/07/2014 | 21:24
Let's go kill some sharks," screams actor Ian Ziering wielding a chainsaw in the trailer for Sharknado 2 which is, against all odds, one of the most eagerly awaited movies of he summer.
The original Sharknado, in which a tornado hurls vicious but somewhat rubbery looking sea monsters at Los Angeles, was shown on the Syfy channel last year.
It quickly became one of the biggest social media phenomena of 2013 as it took TV B-movie corniness to a new level.
Although only 1.4 million people watched the first television showing fans were sending up to 5,000 tweets a minute, coming up with their own ideas for disaster movies like Tarantulavalanche and Lizzard Blizzard.
Critics called Sharknado the "best worst movie ever made," "awesomely awful," and "absurd".
But it was so unusual The Washington Post declared it "your must-see summer movie."
At the time Hollywood actors tweeted their thoughts, with Olivia Wilde even offering to star in a sequel.
Sadly, sense or advice from her agent seems to have prevailed for Wilde and she will not be seen in Sharknado 2: The Second One.
Instead Ziering, who previously starred in Beverly Hills 90210, is reunited with co-star Tara Reid, best known for her role in the American Pie films.
The tongue-in-cheek sequel was reportedly shot in just 18 days for less than $2 million, with the makers resisting the temptation to boost production values or make the movie more serious than its predecessor.
The plot is just as ludicrous, and the dialogue just as cheesy, as the original with a "sharknado" hitting New York and deluging the Big apple with chomping sea creatures.
Reid told USA Today: "The sharks could go anywhere from inside hospitals to the Mets stadium to subways, to the street, to you name it, a shark could be there. The Empire State Building."
In the first movie Ziering memorably escaped from the belly of a shark using a chainsaw.
This time he delivers an inspiring speech to the people of New York, telling them: "I've been eaten. And I'm here to tell you it takes a lot more than that to bring a good man down. It takes a lot more than that to bring a New Yorker down."
Following the success of the original there are a host of cameo appearances including from television personalities Kelly Osbourne, Matt Lauer and Kelly Ripa.
Early reviews have been suitably bad with Newsday describing " ineffably awful dialogue" and "more utterly clueless performances."