Disasters come in many forms. But none quite like this. A series of freak tornadoes hits the California coast, causing widespread destruction around Los Angeles.Nothing new, right?But when said tornadoes start throwing hundreds of sharks around the city, that's where things get interesting.The movie was a viral hit, with over 5 million views spread over the first three showings of the movie on TV and attention from celebrities such as Wil Wheaton and Cory Monteith (it was the subject of the latter's final two tweets before his death). Syfy has signed to make a sequel, the title of which was chosen with a Twitter contest. The winner? Sharknado 2: The Second One.On July 10, 2014, the film received a much-needed skewering performed and simulcast live in theaters by the Rifftrax team.
Tropes associated with Sharknado
Aborted Arc: The first half of the film builds up UST between Fin and Nova. This goes out the window when Matt and April are introduced with Nova's attention turned to Matt and Fin reconciles with April.
Action Girl: Nova is not afraid to use a shotgun where needed.
These sharks can suck you down their gullet, like snakes.
And they like hanging around near the surface where waterspouts can reach them, even though the rain that precedes tornadoes ought to make the shallows taste unpleasantly-fresh to them.
And let's not forget that the sharks in the film seem to be suicidally violent towards humanity in particular, jumping out of the water and through windows to kill people way before their behavior can be blamed on the weather making them irritant.
A few sharks land in a swimming pool. The chlorine can't exactly be good for them.
He also keeps rappelling gear in his vehicle, apparently just in case he needs to descend from an elevated highway onto a school bus stuck in shark-infested flood waters.
Fin's catchphrase is "semper paratus."
Credits Gag: Rather than stating "The End" the credits start with "Fin". Which is French for end. This is both for the obvious association of fin and sharks. But "Fin" is also an old cliche for ending art films and other high culture fare. Most would probably agree that this film does not fall under that category. The pronunciation is also closer to "fan" than the English word "fin," but that's hardly the biggest error the movie commits.
Heroic Sacrifice: Matt's friend, Luellyn, watches as a shark is flung by the tornado right towards their friend, Bobby, and he shoves Bobby out of the way, getting fatally squashed himself. His sacrifice didn't amount to much, though, as Bobby is killed not long afterwards.
Improbable Aiming Skills: Fin takes out several falling sharks that are falling from several hundred feet with a pistol.
Improvised Weapon: The heroes use quite a few, including a bar stool and an oxygen tank.
Jerkass: April's new boyfriend. He doesn't last long.
Kill It with Fire: Fin's solution to the sharks landing in the pool of the retirement home is to douse it in kerosene and light it up.
The Load: Even Matt's background friends who get killed off during the climax are more useful than Claudia ever is during the whole movie.
Made of Iron: The sharks. For example: one is thrown onto the sidewalk in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater. It bounces hard enough to break a large divot out of the pavement, then goes on its way, gnashing and wriggling, apparently unharmed.
Monumental Damage: The Santa Monica Pier is, of course, the first thing destroyed. Later, the bus driver is smashed by the HOLLYWOOD sign.
Trailers for the sequel have the head of the Statue of Liberty flying down the street.
Tara Reid: It is silly, and there's only a certain amount of barriers you could go into. You can't take it so seriously when it's absolutely the sharks flying in the sky. It's so out there that it's actually really funny.
Papa Wolf: Fin goes to rescue his (teenage/adult) children and is admonished by his ex-wife and her boyfriend for turning up when it's not his day. Of course, April forgives him for this when her boyfriend becomes shark food.
Rule of Cool: Pretty much everything about this movie happens for this reason, especially when it comes to explosions most of which are much larger than they should be or happen for no real reason or happen when it should be impossible for them to happen.
Her recounting of her childhood shark encounter ends just like Quint's account of the Indianapolis's sinking, too.
That scene also resembles the "how I learned there's no Santa" scene from Gremlins.
Early in the shark attack on the pier, Fin and Baz take out a shark by tossing a propane cylinder in its mouth and shooting it.
Stock Footage: There are several shots where the sharks are brought to life from footage ripped right from a shark documentary.
Including some shots that are hilariously inappropriate to what's actually going on on-screen, like the one where the shark that's supposed to have been flung onto a flooded highway by storm surge still has a couple of remora tagging along, not even adhering to it but just swimming alongside. Not to mention the angle of the shot suggests that the camera was underneath the street itself.
Stylistic Suck: The cast and crew outright admit that the premise is silly and impossible to take seriously...so they didn't, and basically intended to make it So Bad, It's Good.
Super-Persistent Predator: Even self-preservation doesn't seem to be enough to stop these killing machines from trying to devour every human in sight. Even when thrown from the ocean or dropped from hundreds of feet, they can think of nothing but attacking humans.
Villain Ball: The shark-fin fisherman and his client can think of nothing better to do, when their boat is being battered by flying sharks and storm debris and its crew is getting eaten alive, than shoot at each other.
Whatever Happened To The Mouse: None of the characters on the fishing boat appear again, or are referenced again, or are acknowledged in any way after the opening titles.