Zombies are the middle children of the otherworldly family. Vampires are the oldest brother who gets to have a room in the attic, all tripped out with a disco ball and shag carpet. Werewolves are the youngest, the babies, always getting pinched and told they're cute. With all that attention stolen away from the middle child zombie, no wonder she shuffles off grumbling, "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha."

- Kevin James Breaux

Monday, March 16, 2015

Film Review: SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE (2014)

What do you expect from a film called Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)?  Nothing good, but at least you can hope to be entertained in how ridiculous the whole thing is.  That is exactly what you get (and more) from this sequel to the infamous Sharknado (2013).  Not long after the events in the first film, Fin Shepard and his ex-wife April Wexler (Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, respectfully) are trying to patch things back up while on April’s press tour for her book about the events of the first film that have made them both celebrities.  On a plane ride to New York Fin is paranoid that it’s all happening again when he sees a shark on the fin of the plane (great nods to The Twilight Zone).  
There is indeed a new sharknado happening in New York and before they can even rest on the ground Fin and April’s plane is brought crashing to the earth but not before several passengers die and April loses an arm to a shark bite.  Before Fin can stay with April in the hospital he has to go rescue family members at a baseball game before the sharknado hits ground and New York’s streets are swarming with sharks out for human flesh.  Fin is in a lot of trouble as an old flame Skye (Vivica A. Fox) also returns to add a little complication to Fin’s reconciliation with April but April isn’t going to lie still in a hospital bed this time as she’s gone through this once before and survived and she’s going to do so again.

The cast and filmmakers of this sequel are having much more fun with this film as they are intentionally making a bad movie but are trying their hardest to make it one of the most entertaining ones you will ever see.  And they’ve brought all their celebrity friends in on the joke as well since there are more star cameos in this film than has been seen in a long time from Judd Hirsch, Downtown Julie Brown, Billy Ray Cyrus, Andy Dick, Sandra ‘Pepa’ Denton, Robert Hays, Robert Klein, Matt Lauer, Biz Markie, Kelly Osbourne, Kelly Ripa, Al Roker, and Tiffany Shepis, to name a small few.

This is not a film that you can adequately critique as it was meant to be the best party and drinking game ever and succeeds better than its predecessor, so, if you can’t get in on the joke then don’t bother watching the film.

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