Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! review


First it was California, then it was New York, now Florida and Washington D.C. are the next targets of a deadly Sharknado. Fortunately, this time April and Finn have some back up from their relatives!

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! faces the difficult task of being bigger, better and more insane than its predecessors and for the most part, it succeeds.

As per usual, Ian Ziering is great. His straight-faced unrepentant heroism and reckless martyrism make him a fantastic hero and the perfect lead for the shark-based campiness. Cassie Scerbo makes a welcome return as Nova whilst Tara Reid gives her strongest performance yet as (the now pregnant) April.

The opening is a lot of fun with Washington DC being struck by a sharknado whilst Fin receives a medal (and a golden chainsaw) from the President. It’s super entertaining to watch famous landmarks being destroyed by flying sharks and it felt fresh as the film-makers had (probably wisely) not attempted it with New York.

Universal Studios makes for a visually interesting new setting. I would suggest that it was a sly nod to Jaws 3D but I’m pretty sure, I’m overthinking it. The pointless celebrity cameos (oh hey, it’s Chris Jericho!) have been thankfully toned down and feel less intrusive and distracting and once again the film-makers manage to up the ante for the big finale, this time with the Sharknado wall – a string of Sharknados creating an unstoppable barrier encroaching on the East Coast.

I was a little concerned whilst watching Sharknado 3 that it was going to be more of the same from the last two films and for the first hour, it really is. Then David Hasselhoff turns up (as Finn’s dad, Gil – get it?) and things become glorious. I don’t want to ruin the surprise but the last 20 minutes are just moment after moment of the craziest, most physically impossible, batshit insane what-the-fuckery, I have ever seen in a creature feature.

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! continues the franchise one-upmanship to the point where it almost transcends believe. With Sharknado 4 already announced for next year, the franchise shows no sign of stopping although the bar set by 3 may just be a little too high for 4 to reach. Let’s wait and see…

Profile Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (2015)
Director Anthony C Ferrante
Writers Thunder Levin
Cast Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, Cassie Scerbo, David Hasselhoff, Ryan Newman, Frankie Muniz & Bo Derek
Creature Sharks in a Tornado

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