Sharknado 3 (2015) Review: Better, Not Great

“Oh Hell No!”

Synopsis: A monstrous tornado unleashes ravenous sharks from Washington, D.C., all the way down to Orlando, Florida.

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Calamity Brains:

Sharknado 3 is the first movie in the franchise to actually be worthy of such a ridiculous premise. Unlike Sharknado and Sharknado 2, the third movie actually leans into its silliness from start to finish. There’s a lot less attention paid to family drama, and the pacing is much improved from the earlier films. As in the second movie, Sharknado 3 takes the better parts of the previous attempts and adds them in. It’s not quite “third time’s the charm” – but it’s closer than I would have expected this franchise to get.

There’s very little attempt at logic when it comes to this script. Everything is bigger, badder, funnier – and more nonsensical. Honestly, there’s no remote attempt at a coherent plot… and the movie is better off for it. The president has a bandolier of grenades; a shark climbs up a roller coaster; they go into outer space. It’s almost refreshing to have the franchise finally give in and go completely crazy. I just wish the filmmakers had done it two movies ago.

Along with the unbelievable scenarios, the movie also takes a cue from Sharknado 2 and loads the movie up with cameos. Most people play themselves – we see Grant Imahara, Jared from Subway (again), and Frankie Muniz. By far the best addition to the movie is David Hasselhoff as Fin’s father; his part is suitably ridiculous for such a legend.

Of the first three movies in the franchise, Sharknado 3 comes the closest to a “so bad it’s good” level B-horror movie. It doesn’t quite make it, but it’s nice to see that after a couple of attempts, the filmmakers are starting to catch on. If you’re into madcap creature features, it’s not a terrible addition to a tipsy horror evening. I still recommend watching with friends and alcohol, but you don’t need to risk a hangover for this addition to the franchise.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: C
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Calamity Brains

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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