Last summer, the B-movie creature feature Sharknado was an unexpected summer hit for the Syfy network. After the TV-movie premiered to 1.4 million viewers, the network gave the creators — director Anthony C. Ferrante and writer Thunder Levin –the green light for a sequel, with little more than a year to top the viral success of the original.
The network took submissions from fans for the title of the sequel, since they helped grant Sharknado its success, and finally ended up with Sharknado 2: The Second One.
With only a few weeks left until the premiere of Sharknado 2 – and following the first teaser for the sequel — a second, more dialogue heavy, trailer as well as a recap featurette have debuted online.
For those who missed out on the fun last summer, Fandango released a featurette, Sumnado (above), that recaps all the wonderful campy moments from Sharknado. Some of those scenes include many of the major deaths, the main characters’ plan to blow the shark-filled tornados out of the sky, as well as Ian Ziering jumping into the mouth of a great white shark and chainsawing his way out — in case anyone had forgotten that part.
The second trailer (below) for Sharknado 2 gives away more of the upcoming flick, which crosses the country from Los Angeles to New York City for the freak weather system followup. Ziering and Tara Reid return as Fin Shepherd and April Wexler; they’re joined on screen by a handful of notable co-stars, including Andy Dick (Less Than Perfect), Vivica A. Fox (Independence Day), Mark McGrath (Scooby Doo), and Judd Hirsch (The Muppets) — who all appear in the trailer:
For fans of the original who enjoyed Sharknado’s many references to Jaws and self-referential acknowledgement of its B-movie status, the trailer — which tells viewers to “forget the umbrella, grab a chainsaw” — should offer some hope that Sharknado 2 will be able to live up to its predecessor. The trailer has many laugh out loud moments and tips of the hat to New Yorkers, including: “This is the big apple. Something bites us, we bite back.”
However, the best line of the whole trailer — and hopefully not the best line of the whole movie — comes from Ziering, who adequately sums up everything that makes Sharknado so bad it’s good:
They’re sharks, they’re scary. No one wants to get eaten. But I’ve been eaten! And I’m here to tell you it takes a lot more than that to take a good man down — a lot more than that to bring a New Yorker down!
From this second trailer for Sharknado 2, it’s apparent that Ferrante and Levin – as well as Syfy – took fans’ reactions to the first film into account while creating the followup. There’s more camp, more chainsaws, more sharks, more scenes of Ziering killing sharks, and more shots of Reid screaming.
Additionally, the trailer gives some glimpses of the new characters who will appear in Sharknado 2, specifically those played by Fox, Hirsch, Dick, and McGrath (who gets a particularly good line about jumping the shark). Though little is revealed about their characters, they should provide some extra fun for fans and casual viewers alike.
Whether Sharknado 2 will, in fact, prove to be the second coming of Sharknado in terms of viral success remains to be seen, but if the trailer is any indication, one thing is clear: “even the sharknados are tougher in New York.“
Sharknado 2: The Second One premieres July 30th, 2014 @9pm on Syfy.