Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Directed by Anthony C Ferrante
Written by Thunder Levin
Starring Ian Ziering, Tara Reid, David Hasselhoff, Gary Busey, Ryan Newman, Masiela Lusha, Cody Linley, Imani Hakim SyFy | Asylum Productions
Release Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2016, 8:00pm ET
The Syfy channel has lived on the back of its campy and so-bad-they’re-good CG-shark fests for years. In 2009, Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus debuted. A year later, they started splicing sea creatures together with the Roger Corman-produced Sharktopus. But nothing captured the cultural zeitgeist like 2013’s Sharknado. Celebrities began tweeting about it, and soon it was a social media sensation. It was obvious there needed to be a sequel, and in 2014 we got Sharknado 2: The Second One, followed again last year with Sharknado 3, Oh Hell No! Finally, because we the people demanded it, the franchise that merged sharks and weather phenomena continues with Sharknado: The 4th Awakens! On a sentimental note, I consider the Sharknado franchise my Geeks Of Doom anniversary as Part 2 was my first review for the site.
Five years ago, Fin Shepard (Ian Ziering) and his wife April (Tara Reid) rode back to Earth inside the belly of a giant shark from outer space. Their son Gil was born inside the shark. Unfortunately, their happy ending was interrupted, and it seemed like April was killed by falling space debris. At least that’s what Fin thought…
After destroying Los Angeles, New York, and Disney, the Sharknado, (maybe the biggest sinful pleasure in TV history), finally heads to Sin City. Later this month on SyFy, the fourth entry into the franchise heads to Las Vegas, Nevada where once again, Finn Shepard must save the world, or in this case, D-List celebrities from an array of flying sharks. Set to appear along star Ian Ziering are a who’s who of celebs including Carrot Top, Vince Neil of Motley Crue, outspoken right wing actress Stacey Dash, and of course, Vegas legend Wayne Newton.
Before he became a global sensation as a singer and as the star of TV’s Baywatch, David Hasselhoff headlined the NBC television series Knight Rider as the high-tech crimefighter Michael Knight. Created and produced by Glen A. Larson (Battlestar Galactica, Magnum, P.I.), the show ran from 1982 to 1986 and famously featured Knight’s talking car, KITT, modeled after the Pontiac Trans Am.
Now, the El Rey Network will air a 10-hour marathon of the series on Hasselhoff’s birthday, Sunday, July 17th from 10AM ET to 8PM ET/PT, hosted by The Hoff himself.
Check out the promo video for the event here below.
The weather is getting warmer. The school year is winding down. That can mean only one thing… it’s time for another Sharknado!!! And Syfy will not disappoint, releasing the fourth installment in its laughably bad, but epically awesome series appropriately titled “The 4th Awakens.” Directed once again by Anthony C. Ferrante, the usual suspects return led by Ian Ziering as Fin Shepard. After Los Angeles, New York, and Orlando, where else would a Sharknado hit… well the desert of course… it’s viva Las Vegas for the CG sharks!
Check out the teaser for Sharknado: The 4th Awakens below.
Director: Umberto Lenzi
Writer(s): Sheila Goldberg, Umberto Lenzi, Cinthia McGavin
Cast: Lara Wendel, Greg Scott, Mary Sellers, Donald O’Brien Scream Factory
Not Rated | 94 Minutes
Release Date: June 30, 2015
In Italy, The Evil Dead was released as La Casa, and Evil Dead II became La Casa II. These films were followed by three unrelated horror sequels branded with the same name: La Casa 3 (Ghosthouse), La Casa 4 (Witchery), and La Casa 5 (Beyond Darkness).
Directed by Umberto Lenzi (under the alias Humphrey Humbert), 1988’s Ghosthouse is an Italian rip-off of The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist.