Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens

Year: 
2016
Rated: 
TV14
Genre: 
Sharks
Director: 
Anthony C. Ferrante
Writer(s): 
Thunder Levin
Actor(s): 
Ian Ziering
Tara Reid
David Hasselhoff
Gary Busey
Tommy Davidson
Rating: 
Three BOBs
Review: 

Why did Sharknado 4 have to open with a Star Wars-esque opening crawl? Was it because they gave Tara Reid a Light Saber hand?

First there was a shark sandnado in Vegas, then a shark bouldernado in the Grand Canyon, followed by a shark oilnado/firenado in Texas. A shark lightningnado heads toward Kansas. Cue Wizard of Oz references...and a cownado. The lightningnado heads towards a nuclear power plant in Ohio...and becomes a shark nuclearnado. The grand finale takes place all the way in Niagara Falls...Wait, how did that baleen whale get into the Sharknado? And the baby shark nipple defibrillators...uhhhh...the end? At least they set it up for a sequel...Sharknado in France.

Adding Gary Busey to the mix was a stroke of genius. I didn't think there was any more crazy that could be added to the mux, but I was wrong.

I was disappointed that Tara Reid wasn't killed off in the last one, but I technically, I guess she DID die. Grumble, grumble...

The cameos came fast and furious: Carrot Top, Vince Neil, Wayne Newton, Adrian Zmed, Dr. Drew, Xfinity Cable Remote Controls, Al Roker, Bud Bundy, Jillian Barberie, Gilbert Gottfried, Dog the Bounty Hunter, Dan Yeager (Leatherface) and Caroline Williams (Stretch), Stacey Dash, Christine (the car), Steve Guttenberg (his character crossover from Lavalantula), Comic Con, Paul Shaffer, the biggest ball of yarn in the world, Lloyd Kaufman!!! (one of my idols), Gena Lee Nolin and some other Baywatch skank...did I miss any?

The whole family agreed that this one was better than the third one, which was previously the best one. Although it was mostly ridiculously predictable, there were a few WTF moments that had a tiny spark of genius, like the Christine cameo. I didn't catch any other Stephen King references, it just seemed out of place, which made me love it all the more. Just a total, "fuck you, we're going for it" moment. But isn't Sharknado itself a whole spectacle of "fuck you, we're going for it"?

"It wouldn't be Texas without a chainsaw massacre." - Stretch (Caroline Williams)